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U.S. bank regulators set to adopt liquidity, swaps margin rules  

September 4, 2014

U.S. bank regulators plan to adopt on Wednesday rules forcing big banks to hold more assets that they could sell easily in a credit crunch, a requirement that is closely linked to the experience of the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

 

Quantifi Annual Risk Conference, 2014  

September 4, 2014

Date: 8th October 2014, 1.00 (BST)

Hosted by: Quantifi

Areas Covered: Talking XVA; Pricing, Trading & Risk Management on the XVA Desk; Central Clearing of OTC Derivatives - Collateral, Margin, Capital Requirements; Derivatives Reforms and the Impact on Buy-Side Pricing and Valuation; European Regulatory Reform: An Overview...

 

Islamic banks face challenges under Basel III  

September 4, 2014

As banks around the world gear up to meet tough Basel III regulatory standards, Islamic lenders face a source of uncertainty that could prove expensive for them: how regulators will treat their deposits.

 

Confusion remains on OTC derivatives  

September 3, 2014

A lot of uncertainty is still lingering around over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives and what it means for financial entities with less than $50 billion outstanding, a law firm partner believes.

 

Frontloading still a thorn in industry's side  

September 3, 2014

Under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation, firms will be clearing interest rate and credit default swaps through central counter parties. For IRS, four classes of swaps are up; basis swaps, fixed-to-float interest rate swaps, forward rate agreements and overnight index swaps on a range of currencies and maturities.

 

IBOR could help avert a collateral squeeze  

September 2, 2014

Buy-side firms have been urged to embrace the Investment Book of Record (IBOR), a single source of portfolio calculations across asset classes, if they are to avoid a potential collateral squeeze once the mandatory clearing of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives comes into effect under EMIR.

 

Buysiders avoid SEFs with non-standard swaps  

September 2, 2014

Up to three-quarters of interest rate swaps executed by US buyside firms are being structured in a way that avoids Dodd-Frank requirements for trading standardised derivatives on exchange-like platforms.

 

'Too big to fail' could be slapped on more non-banks  

September 2, 2014

Top financial regulators will meet next week to discuss identifying non-bank financial companies a threat to the entire financial system and subjecting them to tighter regulation.

 

Pairing of OTCs by trade repositories unlikely anytime soon  

August 28, 2014

The bulk of inter-trade repository over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions will not be paired any-time soon, although it will be substantially easier to reconcile exchange traded derivatives (ETDs) as mandated under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).

 

Less is more as market evolves  

August 27, 2014

For years running up to the 2008 crisis, over-the-counter swap dealers and clearing houses boasted of growing notionals in their derivatives books as a way to exhibit their trading and risk management prowess. That the ballooning numbers also served to inflate the perceived importance of the OTC derivatives market was simply a pleasant by-product.

 
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