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MarketAxess Makes Big Push for Asia

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New York-based MarketAxess Holdings Inc., a market data provider and operator of an electronic trading platform for fixed-income securities, enhanced their platform to trade local currency Asian bonds. Platform participants can now trade in Singapore dollar, Thai baht and Indonesian rupiah. Price discovery, identifying credible counterparties and lower trading costs in fixed income are high priorities for institutional investor such as sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds and large Chinese insurers. High-yield bond investors continue to navigate an unsettled credit market, looking for price discovery. In December, the company opened a Hong Kong office, alongside its first Asian office in Singapore. MarketAxess has embarked to recruit local talent and invest in more relationships in the Asia-Pacific corridor.

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Tom Gores Wants Some Credit Game

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Traditional buyout firms are looking at building credit platforms to enhance revenue. Recently, Platinum Equity, a buyout firm run by Tom Gores that was formed in 1995, hired Michael Fabiano to help spur the formation of a credit investing division. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Saudi Arabian Military Industries Forms Venture with Navantia

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State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) signed a deal with Navantia, a Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company, to form a joint venture to construct five warships – the building of five Avante 2200 Corvettes. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Katara Hospitality and AccorHotels Eye Sub-Saharan Africa Hotel Market

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Katara Hospitality, a hotel operator and owner unit of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), and AccorHotels are taking a bet on the hotel market in sub-Saharan Africa. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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