RMB Global Markets

RMB Global Markets is one of the biggest market makers in the South African financial market. The Global Markets team comprises highly-skilled specialists and dealers who advise, structure and create new products and treasury risk management solutions for clients seeking yield or wanting to mitigate financial market risk. The team offers clients alternative and enhanced fund solutions in various asset classes in Africa, the UK, India and the Middle East.

The team partners with institutional, corporate, wealth, retail and public sector clients to create long-term, reliable and sustainable execution, asset servicing, prime broking and clearing solutions.

RMB Global Markets’ range of innovative, customised, financial risk management and hedging solutions is designed to protect institutional, corporate and public sector clients against the full suite of interest rate, currency, liquidity, commodity, equity and credit risks:

Interest rate risk solutions – Changing interest rates can either reduce your investment returns or increase your borrowing costs. Whether you are indebted by way of a secured or unsecured loan, a mortgage or asset-based finance, an interest rate risk exposure exists and could put your business at substantial risk. RMB Global Markets’ range of interest rate hedging solutions is designed to protect you from these risks.

Currency risk – Fluctuating exchange rates can pose many challenges to business owners. A change in the exchange rate can increase the domestic costs of running a business, reduce earnings or affect the value of offshore assets. RMB Global Markets suite of foreign exchange risk solutions enables clients to decrease the domestic cost of running a business, while minimising their risk in terms of:

  • Exposure to different currencies
  • The outlook for a particular currency cross
  • Liquidity of the currency
  • Timing of the exposure
  • Exchange control implications related to any proposed currency hedging solution
  • Transaction exposure
  • Translation exposure
  • Economic exposure

Liquidity risk solutions – Short-term cash flow problems without access to bridging finance can
place a company at risk. Global Markets provides liquidity through lending (from overnight
to 18-month facilities), in terms of individual secured or unsecured credit lines by way of:            

  • Approved secured, unsecured, committed, or uncommitted credit lines per client
  • Financing commodities throughout the entire working capital chain
  • Facilitating funding through capital markets via commercial paper and corporate bond markets
  • A dedicated Money Market desk that offers professional investors a comprehensive range of products and services, which complement other RMB Global Markets solutions

Commodity risk solutions – RMB Global Markets is a leading provider of hedging, financing and
trading solutions and trades commodities (metals, energy and agriculture) on a daily basis. The
specialist team of commodity future traders offers investors opportunities to hedge, diversify
and enhance their commodity trading strategies.

Credit risk solutions – Changing credit spreads can reduce your investment returns or increase
your borrowing costs.

Global Markets Fund Solutions

RMB Global Markets Fund Solutions focuses on structured investment solutions for retail, wealth, corporate and institutional clients (such as pension funds). Our clients seek investments that address their needs in terms of investment duration, liquidity, income, appetite for risk, asset class diversification, transparency, simplicity, cost structure and structural efficiencies.

RMB Global Markets Fund Solutions uses a diverse basket of financial instruments (such as equities, cash, credit, derivatives, inflation, foreign currency and commodities) to meet these needs in the innovative, alternative market space, with an impeccable track record in terms of quality, performance and innovative product design. RMB Global Markets Fund Solutions broadly groups these solutions into the following categories:

  • Retail structured products
  • Indexed products
  • Alternative investments
  • Bespoke investment vehicles

Equity sales, trading and research

We conduct our equity sales, trading and research activities through a joint venture with Morgan Stanley, a leader in global equities. In 2005, Morgan Stanley formed a joint venture with RMB to provide sales and trading services for JSE-traded equity-linked securities, to publish research on South African companies and to distribute Morgan Stanley's global equity research in South Africa.

RMB Global Markets offers added value to clients through:

Ongoing deal support – RMB Global Markets offers clients monthly reports of outstanding FECs, indicating prevailing mark-to-market values, as well as hedge effectiveness tests on request.

RMB Global Markets Research – The Research team offers clients high quality, objective research in the fixed income, currency, commodities and credit markets — focusing on local and African macroeconomic conditions and global trends and opportunities.

Websites – RMB informs clients via a dedicated portal of the latest rates, innovative solutions, regulatory changes, accolades, calculators, events, recruitment information and global contact details.