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CASPIAN DELIVERS THE WORLD’S FIRST FULL-STACK CRYPTO ASSET MANAGEMENT SOLUTION FOR INSTITUTIONS

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CASPIAN DELIVERS THE WORLD'S FIRST FULL-STACK CRYPTO ASSET MANAGEMENT SOLUTION FOR INSTITUTIONS

Tora &Kenetic Joint Venture Enables Institutional Investors to Easily Participate in Crypto-Trading

Tora, the world’s leading supplier of asset management technology and Kenetic a leading blockchain and cryptocurrency investment firm have today announced the launch of Caspian, a joint venture providing institutional investors with a full-stack crypto trading and risk management platform. The crypto asset management solution provides sophisticated connectivity and interoperability across various cryptocurrency exchanges and is expected to drive exponential participation in crypto-trading by institutional investors.

As of February 2018, the average daily exchange-trading volume across all crypto assets was more than US$50 billion, and the total estimated market cap for blockchain instruments exceeded US$700 billion. Market analysts expect that number to rise to US$10 trillion in 15 years.

“To enable this multi-trillion dollar market to emerge, investors need to transition towards a decentralized trading model backed by an institutional-grade platform that easily facilitates large purchases of BTC and other cryptos with access to the familiar tools used in traditional markets,” said Robert Dykes, CEO & Co-Founder of Caspian, and CEO of Tora.

Tora is a long-established, leading supplier of asset management technology including an Order and Execution Management system (OEMS) that averages monthly notional equity volume exceeding US$100 billion and is currently responsible for 17% of Japanese institutional equity trading volume. With connectivity to 150+ exchanges and clients in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia, the company is ideally positioned to launch Caspian, the first large-scale institutional infrastructure specifically aimed at traditional asset management firms, market makers, institutional speculators and anyone who holds a diversified portfolio.

“Crypto trading is still relatively young, and investors are unable to manage a diverse portfolio of crypto-assets on a single platform,” Jehan Chu, Chief Strategy Officer of Caspian, and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Kenetic said. “One of the biggest challenges for Institutional investors is the lack of tools to support this new age of crypto-trading.”

“While other products in the market tend to only focus on order and execution management, Caspian offers a full suite of crypto asset management solutions. Caspian offers critical features, such as a compliance overlay, the ability to track real-time P&L and exposure, and reporting capabilities for stakeholders both internally and externally,” Dykes added.

Caspian equips investors with a comprehensive OEMS, PMS and RMS, backed by 24/7 support. Caspian will offer the following services at launch:

  •  Unified trading interface across exchanges
  •  Customizable market data
  •  Fast order execution and amending
  •  Order shortcut management
  •  Parent & child order slicing
  •  A suite of sophisticated customizable trading algorithms
  •  Pre-trade compliance
  •  Full audit and reconciled book of records
  • Fully customizable with indicators and breakdowns
  • Real-Time monitoring of positions across exchanges and wallets
  • Real-time and historical P&L, exposure, and performance attribution
  • The ability for third-party developers to build on top of the Caspian platform

Between Tora’s leading OEMS global trading platform and Kenetic’s industry-leading expertise in blockchain, the Caspian full-stack crypto asset management solution is available today and is backed by a full team to onboard major investment firms and traders.

For further information or to arrange a demonstration, please visit: https://caspian.tech

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Women inch towards equal legal rights despite COVID-19 risks, World Bank says

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By Sonia Elks

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women gained legal rights in nearly 30 countries last year despite disruption due to COVID-19, but governments must do more to ease the disproportionate burden shouldered by women during the pandemic, the World Bank said on Tuesday.

Nations should prioritise gender equality in economic recovery efforts, the bank said, warning that progress on equal rights was threatened by heavier job losses in female-dominated sectors, increased childcare and a surge in domestic violence.

“This pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities that disadvantage girls and women,” David Malpass, World Bank Group president, said in a statement accompanying the annual “Women, Business and the Law” report.

“Women should have the same access to finance and the same rights to inheritance as men and must be at the centre of our efforts toward an inclusive and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

A total of 27 countries reformed laws or regulations to give women more economic equality with men in 2019-20, said the report, which grades 190 nations on laws and regulations that affect women’s economic opportunities.

While countries in all of the world’s regions made improvements in the new index – with most reforms addressing pay and parenthood, women on average still have only about three quarters of the rights granted to men, the report found.

Notably, nearly 40 countries brought in extra benefit or leave policies to help employees balance their jobs with the extra childcare needs created by coronavirus restrictions.

But such measures were “few and far between” worldwide and will probably not go far enough to tackle the “motherhood penalty” many women face in the workplace, it said.

The report also noted separate data from a United Nations tool tracking gender-sensitive pandemic responses which found 70% of such measures addressed violence, with just 10% targeting women’s economic security.

The pandemic could result in “a backslide on various hard-won advances in women’s rights achieved in recent years”, said Antonia Kirkland, the global lead on legal equality at women’s rights organisation Equality Now.

“This disruption is a unique opportunity for countries to rebuild more resilient, inclusive and prosperous economies,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by email.

“But this can only be achieved alongside the removal of sex discriminatory laws that prevent women from participating fully and equally in economic, social and family life.”

(Reporting by Sonia Elks @soniaelks; Editing by Helen Popper. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers the lives of people around the world who struggle to live freely or fairly. Visit http://news.trust.org)

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Digital health checks vital to travel recovery, Heathrow says

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By Sarah Young

LONDON (Reuters) – Digital health checks will be vital to a recovery in foreign travel from the COVID-19 pandemic, Britain’s Heathrow airport said on Wednesday, after a collapse in passenger numbers saw it plunge to a 2 billion pound ($2.8 billion) loss last year.

The UK government said on Monday trips abroad could restart in mid-May as its vaccination campaign kicks in, sparking a surge in holiday bookings.

It is also looking into a digital health passport or app to help ease restrictions, while conceding the benefits have to be weighed against potential risks to civil liberties.

But Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said digital technology, and international agreements, would be vital to reviving a travel industry on its knees.

“It’s absolutely critical and that’s one of the main things that government needs to work on,” he said, when asked about a digital health app.

At present, paper checks on COVID-19 test results and passenger locator forms take 20 minutes per traveller at Heathrow, making travel near impossible should passenger numbers rise from current low levels.

Britain’s biggest airport said it was “very likely” people would be able to go on their summer holidays, but expects passenger numbers will take time to recover.

The airport, west of London, is forecasting 25 million passengers in the second half of the year, meaning it would be operating at about 50% capacity.

Heathrow, owned by Spain’s Ferrovial, the Qatar Investment Authority, China Investment Corp and others, last year lost its title as Europe’s busiest airport to Paris after its flight schedules shrank more than those of its rivals.

Passenger numbers plunged 73% to 22 million people last year, with half of those travelling during January and February, before the pandemic shut down global travel in March.

Heathrow said it had 3.9 billion pounds of liquidity, giving it sufficient resources to keep going with low levels of traffic until 2023, despite the 2 billion loss before tax for 2020.

The airport urged the government to provide business tax breaks for big airports, something only available to smaller airports so far, and to extend the furlough job support scheme to help it financially before the recovery takes off.

($1 = 0.7044 pounds)

(Reporting by Sarah Young. Editing by James Davey and Mark Potter)

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Heathrow Airport plunged to a 2 billion pound ($2.8 billion) annual loss after passenger numbers collapsed to levels last seen in the 1970s during the pandemic.

Heathrow called on the government to agree a common international travel standard to allow passengers to start flying again in the summer and to provide business tax breaks for airports to help them ride out the crisis.

The airport, west of London, is hopeful that travel markets will reopen from mid-May after a government announcement on easing lockdown on Monday.

Still Britain’s biggest airport, Heathrow last year lost its title as the busiest in Europe to Paris as its flight schedules contracted more than its rival’s.

The airport said on Wednesday that during 2020 passenger numbers shrunk 73% to 22 million people, with half of those people having travelled during January and February before COVID-19 shut down global travel.

The airport sunk to a 2 billion loss before tax on revenues which were down 62% to 1.18 billion pounds, but Heathrow said it had 3.9 billion pounds of liquidity and that could keep it going until 2023.

The airport is owned by Spain’s Ferrovial, the Qatar Investment Authority and China Investment Corp, among others.

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(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Kate Holton and James Davey)

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