Monthly Archives: May 2012

Timing and Momentum are Everything: Launching the ASEAN Link

In April 2011, there was a formal announcement of the ASEAN link, a collaboration among seven ASEAN countries who are committed to promoting the ASEAN region through freer flow of capital and greater harmonization of their equity markets. Sungard was later named as their technology partner. The intention behind the…

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Carving Out their own Path for Change: Status of OTC Derivative Reform In Australia

The Council of Financial Regulators in Australia broke their silence last week and introduced their policy proposals for meeting the G20 objectives to reduce systemic risk in the ‘over-the-counter’ (OTC) derivative market. We have become accustomed to Australia taking the lead in the Asia-Pacific region with regulatory change so their…

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Something to Talk About: A Much Needed Boost: Positive Product Development in April

Right now, it feels like the global market place is knee deep in regulation but for emerging markets, regulation is nothing new. Many smaller markets will ‘protect’ their local market by using regulation and trading restrictions to quell outside interest until their domestic market matures. In fact, some of the…

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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.