Winners to annual Spire Awards announced

November 08, 2013


Johannesburg, 7 November 2013 – The results of the 12th annual Spire Awards, recognising excellence in South Africa’s fixed income, currency and commodity derivatives markets, were announced at a gala dinner tonight. RMB received top honours as the overall winner as best fixed income and currencies house with ABSA Capital and Standard Bank taking second and third places respectively.

The awards - voted for by clients - are presented by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and sponsored by I-Net Bridge and Thomson Reuters.

“Congratulations to RMB and all of the companies who ranked highly in the various categories. Every year we are faced with a rigorous and highly competitive selection process which lends substantial credibility to the awards since the rankings are determined by clients. Many different groups have the opportunity to be recognised, with categories being adapted slightly each year based on market input so as to ensure that all areas of the industry receive due consideration and recognition as part of the awards process,” says Graham Smale, the JSE Director of Bonds and Financial Derivatives.

“Having been involved with the JSE Spire Awards since inception, we were pleased to provide our continued support and audit the results this year. Voter participation was up from the previous year and close to 80% in 2013, a great achievement for the awards and the credibility thereof,” says Barbara Arnold: Executive: Client Services, Marketing and Next Generation Products at I-Net Bridge.

“In 2013, we’ve seen that a mature and efficient domestic bond market is critical to offering a wide range of opportunities for funding the government and private sector. At Thomson Reuters, we believe the Spire awards are a great accolade to bestow on those top performers who have contributed to the development of the market in South Africa, and are very happy to join in celebrating their success,” says Keith Nichols, Managing Director for Africa at Thomson Reuters about this year’s awards

This year, the awards introduced two new categories for JSE commodity derivatives members which included best broker for listed commodity derivatives, awarded to RMD Financial Services, and best market making team for cash settled commodity derivatives, awarded to RMB. “The success of our local commodity derivatives market is thanks to support from committed brokers. These new awards are great acknowledgement of this hard work,” says Chris Sturgess JSE Director of Commodity Derivatives.

The category winners for the 2013 Spire Awards are as follows:


Best Market Making Team - Government Bonds  ABSA Capital and RMB (joint First)
Best Team - Inflation BondsRMB
Best Team - Credit BondsABSA Capital
Best Repo TeamRMB
Best Sales Team - BondsABSA Capital
Best Debt Origination TeamRMB
Best Marekt Making Team - IRDRMB
Best On-Screen Market Making Team - IRDRMB
Best Sales Team - IRDRMB
Best Market Making Team - FXABSA Capital
Best On-Screen Market Making Team - FXRMB
Best Sales Team - FXABSA Capital
Best Research Team - General Fixed IncomeRMB
Best Research Team - CreditRMB
Best Research Team - FXStandard Bank
Best Research Team - Technical analysis (FX, IRD, Bonds)Nedbank
Best Research Team - Quantitative ResearchRMB
Best Research Team - AfricaABSA Capital
Best Structuring Team - Inflation/Credit/FXRMB
Best Inter Dealer Broker - Bonds (volumetric)ICAP
Best Inter Dealer Broker - BondsICAP
Best Inter Dealer Broker - IRDTradition
Best Agency Broker - Spot BondsPrescient
Best Agency Broker - Listed FX DerivativesPrescient
Best Agency Broker - Listed IRD DerivativesPrescient
Best Issuer - BondsNational Treasury
Best Broker - Listed Commodity DerivativesRMD Financial Services
Best Market Making Team - Cash Settled Commodity DerivativesRMB
Best Bonds HouseABSA Capital
Best IRD HouseRMB
Best FX HouseABSA Capital
Best Research houseRMB
Best IDB HouseICAP
Best Agency Broker HousePrescient


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As South Africa’s only full service securities exchange, the JSE connects buyers and sellers in four different financial markets, namely equities, equity derivatives, commodity derivatives, currency derivatives and interest rate products. The JSE Ltd offers the investor a truly first world trading environment, with world class technology, surveillance and settlement in an emerging market context. It is amongst the top 20 largest equities exchanges in terms of market capitalisation in the world.

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On behalf of Graham Smale
Director: Bonds & Financial Derivatives