The recent publication by the Volcker Alliance of a series of papers on reforming the financial regulatory structure makes interesting reading. You may or may not agree with their conclusions, but I, for one, can’t help but think that there are some important questions about structural reform lurking just under the surface, that were either not asked or were subsumed in these papers. So let’s get them out on the table and see where they lead us.
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Following my blog on CME and LCH: What Happened on May 19 and Jun 12, I wanted to re-visit the data now that we have another week of published volumes. Weekly Volumes Using CCPView lets look at weekly volumes of gross notional…
In an announcement from ISDA, a wide range of trade associations have put forward a framework of principles to guide the development of a better approach to trade reporting. In summary these are:
The EBA/ESAs have launched a second consultation on the draft RTS on rules for uncleared margin under EMIR. The consultation contains a number of material changes as a consequence of industry feedback from its April 2014 predecessor.
The securities finance industry is currently digesting the heavy meal that has been Basel III, CRD-IV, Dodd-Frank and related regional regulatory initiatives impacting the global market.
The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) launched today a second consultation on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) outlining the framework of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).
Derivatives markets eye international expansion from China as dispute holds up US and Europe
The Futures Industry Association(FIA) have just published this review of regulatory reform in Europe, covering rule sets such as EMIR, MiFID and others.
There has been some confusion recently over Funding Value Adjustment (FVA). On April 29th, Risk Magazine reported that dealers were charging clients for FVA on collateralised trades, due to the quality and fungibility of collateral being posted by the client. To appreciate why this is happening, one needs to understand dealers’ funding operations when making derivatives markets.
Verena made the speech below at IDX yesterday, and took a tough line on the difference of opinion between the US and Europe of ETD margin rules being 1 day gross or two day net IM. See the transcript for her comments.
Interest rate swaps help manage bond portfolio
The international Securities Lending Association, together with the Conference Advisory Group and this year's conference Co-Chairs Mark Whipple from Goldman Sachs and Philip Morgan from Nomura International have published the conference agenda for the 24th Annual Securities Finance and Collateral Management Conference.
The focus for the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) and Dodd Frank has been to reduce risk in the over the counter derivatives world by changing their trading, clearing and reporting protocols. The more bespoke, low volume OTC products were largely left untouched but their time is fast approaching as from December 1 2015, new rules requiring variation and initial margin on un-cleared OTC business will take effect.
The team here at The OTC Space are pleased to announce the upcoming launch of Rocket 4. With all original content, we're confident it's going to be popular; the last edition got lots of positive feedback.