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Banks wary of APRA ruling  

March 31, 2012

THE banking industry is unhappy with the prudential regulator's hardline application of the Basel III rules on bank capital, arguing that local lenders are disadvantaged in global markets.


Sovereign CDS faces overhaul  

March 30, 2012
Sovereign credit default swaps are no longer fit for purpose and are in need of an overhaul if they are to remain a valid risk management product, a range of CDS experts have warned. The International Swaps and Derivatives Association has already begun work on updating the sovereign CDS contract in response to concern that future events could leave protection holders severely out of pocket.

MEPs back sweeping derivatives regulations  

March 30, 2012
The European Parliament voted yesterday (29 March) to adopt new rules to make over-the-counter derivatives trading safer and more transparent. In order to reduce risk, the regulation requires all OTC contracts to be cleared through central counterparties (CCPs), while non-OTC derivative contracts will have to be reported to so-called "trade repositories" to ensure more market transparency.

Sweden: Europe Should Have Flexible Capital Requirements  

March 30, 2012
European countries, especially those that use the euro, should be allowed to set tougher capital rules for banks than required under new international banking standards, Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg said Saturday.

Bundesbank’s Lautenschlaeger Says Basel Rules Won’t Curb Credit  

March 29, 2012
Bundesbank Vice President Sabine Lautenschlaeger said the new Basel III banking rules are unlikely to make it more difficult for Germany’s medium-sized companies to obtain credit from lenders.

Quantifi Releases Support for Calculating the Effect of Funding Costs on OTC Valuation using Funding Valuation Adjustments (FVA)  

March 26, 2012
Quantifi, a leading provider of analytics and risk management solutions to the global OTC markets, today announced first-to-market support for Funding Valuation Adjustments (FVA) as part of its latest Version 10.2 release. This enhancement allows

The Four Lessons Of Dodd-Frank We Need To Learn  

March 26, 2012
The Germans and the British are trying to tell us Americans something important about Dodd-Frank, the financial-regulation doorstopper that President Obama signed into law two summers ago. We should listen.

IAG's CPS: rotten tomatoes with Basel  

March 26, 2012
After the Global Financial Crisis of 2008/09, regulators around the world vowed, 'Never again!' They knew that Basel I and II were duds. Basel III needed to be a blockbuster to avert the next crisis (whether it achieves those aims remains to be seen).

Hedge funds face higher trading costs  

March 25, 2012

Leading prime brokerages are preparing to hit clients with across-the-board increases in the cost of trading, which could dry up liquidity and cause niche global markets to shut down.


A Long Road to Regulating Derivatives  

March 24, 2012
If there is one lesson from the financial crisis that should be indelible, it is that unregulated derivatives are prone to catastrophic failure. And yet, nearly four years after the crash, and nearly two years since the passage of the Dodd-Frank law, the multitrillion-dollar derivatives market is still dominated by a handful of big banks, and regulation is a slow work in progress.
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