• Johannesburg, Friday 20 October 2017 – The JSE announced the winners of the 16th annual Spire Awards, recognising excellence in South Africa's fixed income, currency and commodity derivatives markets, at a gala dinner last night. ABSA Capital and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) took home the big awards of the evening. ABSA Capital received the awards for the Best Bonds House and Best Research House, while RMB scooped the awards for Best Fixed Income and Currencies House, Best FX House, and Best Interest Derivative House.

  •  The Spire Awards are awarded based on trading volumes and votes are cast by clients. "Congratulations to RMB who took home 11 awards this year and all of the companies who ranked highly in the various categories. We value our clients and member firms and appreciate all the support and effort from our market participants as we continue to grow the fixed income, currency and commodity derivatives markets," says Bernard Claassens, Manager: Fixed Income at the JSE.

  •  Claassens comments that these awards continue to demonstrate the successes of the JSE's clients and member firms and that they are testimony to the relentless effort and hard work that they have put in.
  • This year, from January to September, overall nominal bond market turnover totalled R20.293 trillion. The repo nominal turnover was R 14.31 trillion, while the standard nominal turnover was R5.6 trillion.

  • The JSE has seen significant growth in the Currency Derivative and Interest Rate Derivative Markets with the number of contracts traded up 33% in the Interest Rate derivative Market and up 19% in the Currency Derivative Market. "Despite a tough economic climate, market participants from brokers to researchers and sales teams have showcased hard work, resilience and innovation," concludes Claassens.

  • The winners for 2017 are as follows:
  • Award NameFirst
    Best Market Making Team - Government BondsNedbank Capital
    Best Sales Team - BondsNedbank Capital
    Best Team - Inflation BondsRand Merchant Bank
    Best Team - Credit BondsABSA Capital
    Best Repo TeamABSA Capital
    Best Debt Origination TeamRand Merchant Bank
    Best Market Making Team - Interest Rate DerivativesStandard Bank
    Best Sales Team - Interest Rate DerivativesRand Merchant Bank
    Best Team - Listed Interest Rate DerivativesRand Merchant Bank
    Best Market Making Team - FXRand Merchant Bank
    Best On-screen Market Making Team - FXRand Merchant Bank
    Best Sales Team - FXRand Merchant Bank
    Best research team - EconomicsABSA Capital
    Best research team - Fixed IncomeCitibank
    Best research team - CreditStandard Bank
    Best research team - FXStandard Bank
    Best research team - Technical Analysis (FX, IRD, Bonds)Nedbank Capital
    Best research team - Quantitative ResearchAvior Capital
    Best research team - AfricaStandard Bank
    Best Structuring Team - Inflation\Credit\FX*ABSA Capital
    Best Inter Dealer Broker - BondsTradition
    Best Inter Dealer Broker - IRDTradition
    Best Agency Broker - BondsAvior Capital
    Best Agency Broker - Listed FX DerivativesPeregrine Securities
    Best Agency Broker - Listed IR DerivativesPrescient Securities
    Best Broker - Listed Commodity DerivativesRobinson Mulder de Waal
    Best Market Maker - Cash Settled Commodity DerivativesRand Merchant Bank
    Best Bonds HouseABSA Capital
    Best IRD HouseRand Merchant Bank
    Best FX HouseRand Merchant Bank
    Best Research HouseABSA Capital
    Best Fixed Income and Currencies HouseRand Merchant Bank
Spire 1.jpgRand Merchant Bank (RMB) accepting the final award in the category of Best Fixed Income and Currencies House and Daniel Mminele, Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank.

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  • Donna Nemer, Director of Capital Markets at the JSE; Daniel Mminele, Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank and Nicky Newton-King, CEO of the JSE.





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