If you need to run VaR on your laptop for fun, it will get easier this year... Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop.
A really good update by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP over at Lexology about EMIR and three areas of change that will mostly affect Non Financial counterparties and
The NY Times yesterday printed an article (subs.
Attended the annual markit customer conference in London today, titled Financial Markets Reform.
Reuters noted that DTCC filed suit against CFTC over SDR reporting as previously threatened following
The SEC announced its ET proposal - the first rule-making since Mary Jo White took the helm.
The IOSCO panel is nearing a recommendation which looks set to push hard for transaction based benchmarks to replace those currently set by panels of dealers / banks. Some press is here:
In its quarterly refunding announcement, the US Treasury announced it has selected a T-Bill based index to provide floating rates for its new FRN issuance program
A briefing on avoiding the wrong correlation between your counterparty and your exposures.
Yet another news article scaring the pants off ordinary people by suggesting that Notional = Value, and that Collateral = Zero. It's a shame, the comments show how taken-in people are when the underlying facts aren't presented properly.
Stuck to find a definition of "altiplano" ? Look no further, 130+ pages of home grown definitions making you walk and talk like Jamie Dimon ;-)
A paper explaining how CCPs allocate losses to members in a default.
Interesting paper on how a CCP achieves protection.
UniCredit, plus DBS in Singapore and Nordea in Sweden have all adopted a "don't trade with the US" approach to Dodd Frank. TJ Lim, Head of Capital Markets at UniCredit announced their strategy at the ISDA AGM last week.
With OIS rates below low, in some cases the interest on your cash posted under a CSA can go negative, i.e. you pay to post. ISDA has been working on a clarification on this, and might issues a protocol.
Three separate items which together indicate a concerted strategic move by NASDAQ into fixed income electronic execution partnering with "horizontal" derivatives CCPs:
In an environment where bilateral and cleared trades are more appropriately risk mitigated through bilateral margin, CCP margin and guarantee funds and Basel III capital, fragmentation costs and increases in systemic risk due to regulatory clearin
Goldman and JP have started to support EU banks lobbying against the Fed proposal to require US banks to hold more capital
Last month, I posted a blog titled "Analysis of Pricing of Cleared and Un-Cleared Swaps from the US DTCC SDR"