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ECONOMY: JSE and FTSE Russell Extend Partnership to Fixed Income Indices


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THE JOHANNESBURG Stock Exchange (JSE) and FTSE Russell will extend its existing equity index partnership to also provide a range of co-branded fixed income indices. This provides investors with access to internationally recognised benchmarking standards and should strengthen the development and growth of the local fixed income market.

The partnership will combine the JSE’s regional expertise in Africa and its market standard bond prices with FTSE Russell’s global distribution network and capabilities in equity and fixed income research, analytics and transparent investment benchmarks. This will allow the partners to deliver world-class investment tools for both domestic and international investors.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with one of our most respected international partners. This will enhance the transparency and growth of our local fixed income market and ultimately strengthen the robustness of the South African capital market. We will not only be able to offer world-class fixed income index capability to local and international investors, but also broaden our ability to offer multi asset indices,” says Leanne Parsons, Director of Information Services.

Waqas Samad, CEO, Global Benchmarks, FTSE Russell said: “We are delighted to announce our extended partnership with the JSE, which further expands FTSE Russell’s range of fixed-income products and bring first class multi-asset capabilities to the South African market. A valued partner of FTSE Russell and the LSE Group, the JSE has a strong track record in the local market as well as market standard bond prices. We look forward to working together in enhancing and broadening our product offering to meet the needs of our global customer base.”

The JSE entered into a partnership with FTSE Russell more than 15 years ago and has been providing equity indices since 2002. This has enabled the exchange to steadily grow its offering to clients over the years across a range of widely used benchmark, tradable and alternative indices.

“We believe this development will further enhance our capability to continue developing innovative products as our clients’ needs evolve,” says Parsons.


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