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South African bond market to witness historic change

The South African bond market will soon receive a new clearing and settlement system that will replace the one that has served the market since 1991.   The revolution is being spearheaded by the country’s Central Securities Depository, Strate, which owns the current bond settlement system it inherited from UNEXCor, following a merger between both […]

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The future of South Africa’s capital markets: Far from lacklustre

South Africa has one of the most sophisticated financial markets and has earned a reputation for its sound financial market development. Looking to the next five years, A2X Markets CEO and co-founder Kevin Brady believes the market could become more dynamic and efficient as new exchanges are granted licences.   A2X Markets was officially granted […]

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Strate extends its services to a new exchange as ZAR X goes live

Strate, a South African Central Securities Depository (CSD), has welcomed the official go-live of South Africa’s newest bourse, ZAR X, after successfully integrating the exchange into Strate’s clearing and settlement platforms.   At the beginning of September 2016, the Financial Services Board notified the market that it had granted ZAR X an exchange licence. Strate […]

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Strate: A Pioneer of Exchange-of-Value Settlement Solutions

All too often, good infrastructure goes unnoticed. This is probably one of the reasons why few South Africans know and understand the country’s Central Securities Depository, Strate, however, without it, investors would shy away from South Africa.
Prior to the implementation of Strate in 1999, SA was categorised as one of the worst emerging markets in terms of operational and settlement risk. Trading volumes on the stock exchange were averaging 4,000 trades daily, very thin when this is compared to the 350 000 on average during a month today.

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Infographic: Strate Fast facts

From a Thomas Murray AA- rating, to Strate being ranked among the top Central Securities Depositories globally, click here to view an infographic that tells you all the fast facts that you need to know about Strate.  

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Trusted to be an Independent Provider of Custody and Settlement Services

Strate’s success lies in its independence and good corporate governance. It has continued to be a trusted and independent party in the market, which is evident by Strate offering CSD services to new stock exchanges.   At the beginning of September 2016, the Financial Services Board notified the market that it had granted ZARX and […]

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Strate from the Ground

For the past 18 years Strate, South Africa’s Central Securities Depository, has focused on settling securities transactions across South Africa’s financial markets. Today, the organisation is placing a core focus on financial literacy through its consumer education initiative, Strate from the Ground.   According to Dr Merrill van der Walt, Data Scientist at Strate, one […]

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Winners of the Finance and Investment Management Olympiad Announced

The Finance and Investment Management Olympiad (FIMO) is an initiative of the Finance and Investment Management Department at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), focused on Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners in high schools across all nine provinces. Earlier today, a group of prestigious individuals were awarded as winners of the second annual FIMO.   […]

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Strate Africa Blockchain Summit

On 13 October, Strate held its Africa Blockchain Summit in Johannesburg to educate the market about Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology. The event was a great success, attended by over 200 delegates. Below are some pictures from the Summit.   Ten blockchain experts, including four international speakers, presented at the event. The following presentations have been […]

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CSDs Sign Letter of Intent to Collaborate on Initiatives using Distributed Ledger Technology

The Central Securities Depositories (CSDs) Strate, South Africa and NSD, Russia have signed a Letter of Intent at the Sibos event in Geneva in September 2016.   The intention is to forge a partnership between the two CSDs to develop solutions utilizing Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) with the first use case focused on proxy voting. […]

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