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News: markit conference - the highlights

03 May 2013 | Amir Khwaja

Attended the annual markit customer conference in London today, titled Financial Markets Reform. Below are some highlights, while more detail can be found here.

  • Large turnout, at least 500 if not more.
  • Every seat with a keypad device for voting.
  • Four panels and a keynote by Rich Ricci, until very recently CEO of Barclays Corporate and Investment Bank.
  • If Europe had "more heads on spikes, like the US" there would now be less press, public and political pressure to push through new punitive regulations like the Financial Transactions Tax.
  • Another question to the vote, "what is highest on the radar currently" and of the five options, highest was CCP Clearing at 62% and then Trade reporting at 24%.
  • What will be the definition of an benchmark vs an index for regulators, so is it as simple as saying that when financial derivatives exist on an index is it a benchmark?
  • Barclays by March 2013 had cleared $13 trillion of client trades (by May 2012 it was $1 trillion and by Nov 2012 $5 trillion).

Amir Khwaja