Monthly Archives: February 2012

Balmoral Advisory’s Vision for 2012

Balmoral Insight–As the market and regulatory landscape takes shape in 2012, Balmoral Advisory’s monthly newsletter will offer you their informative insights and thoughtful perspectives on the most newsworthy events of the previous month. For January, our top stories are: The Year of The Dragon: China Breathes Fire into their Capital…

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Who Ends Up Paying for Competition? – It is a Vicious Circle

Brokers in Australia got an early Christmas present from the Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC) when they received an invoice for a new financial levy that will be introduced in Australia to pay for the costs of moving market supervision from The Australian Stock Exchange to ASIC. The calculation is…

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The Year of the Dragon: China Breathes Fire into their Capital Markets

China burst into the New Year by introducing new reforms that will further liberalize their capital markets. Among the highlights was the introduction of a new initiative, the Centralized Securities Lending Exchange (CSLE) that will facilitate short selling by lending shares to qualified domestic fund managers for a fee. It…

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About The Author

Donna Bales
is a product development professional with a proven track record of managing complex capital market industry initiatives during times of significant market change and market structure reform. Donna is the founder and managing director of Balmoral Advisory, a boutique advisory firm that works with exchanges, regulators, technology firms, market participants and market data vendors to identify and evaluate business opportunities, understand and respond to changing industry/market dynamics and develop and implement strategies and solutions that make sense now and in the future. In addition she acts as a strategic advisor to an international consultancy firm, CollegeHill Asia and sits on the Board of 3Q Innovation, a non-profit that focuses on retraining and replacement of older workers after protracted unemployment. Originally from Canada, Donna holds a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.