Monthly Archives: September 2012

Ready SET Go!: A Strong Start for the Thai Stock Exchange

As I reviewed the Thai Stock Exchange (SET) 2011 Annual Report on-line, the first words that caught my attention were “Driving to Success”. These three words encapsulate a view that I have developed regarding the SET over the last year. Although the Exchange has faced overseas economic challenges, a flood…

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Shifting the Focus to the Little Guy: Update on OTC Derivative Reform

True to their word, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) continues to slowly piece together their plans for OTC derivative reform. Their latest installment was released in early August when they issued the second round of feedback from market participants. This response focuses on the central clearing and reporting of…

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Looking Beyond the Obvious: Opportunities in the ASEAN Region

There is a lot of focus around the world on China. Recently, I heard a report that wine producers in Europe are looking to China for quick sale and that Barrick Gold is looking to sell their South African assets to China National Gold Group. The IMF has forecasted China’s…

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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.