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Should the finance sector fret as regulatory deadline looms?  

March 26, 2014

One regulation which is particularly topical at the moment is the EMIR trading reporting regulation.This is a directive from the European Union which aims to introduce new requirements that improve transparency and reduce the risks associated with trading on the derivatives market.


Fed Economist Says Big Bank Borrowing Advantage Increases Risk  

March 26, 2014

The largest U.S. banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc., have been able to borrow more cheaply in bond markets than smaller rivals, in part because of investor perceptions that they were too big to fail, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York researcher.


Credit spreads: A fixed income investor’s must-know guide  

March 26, 2014

Credit Spreads: Credit spreads are the difference in yield between U.S. Treasuries and corporate bonds of the same maturity. Corporate bonds yield more than Treasury bonds, as they carry a risk of default.


Regulatory Changes Coming Amid Vulnerabilities in FX, Swaps Compliance  

March 26, 2014

Lingering questions into the proper regulation of swaps and forex transactions have revealed stark vulnerabilities in the oversight of these instruments, leading to speculation that regulatory changes may be on the horizon from organizations such as the CFTC.


Extraterritoriality and volumes make future uncertain for CCPs  

March 24, 2014

The number of central clearing counterparties is likely to rise in the near future as new entrants put Latin America, Africa and Australia on the map for OTC derivatives clearing, but with more regulatory intervention expected and unpredictable customer flows, the new venues face an uncertain future according to a new report by analyst firm Aite.


Don’t let rate worries hide liquidity risks  

March 24, 2014

Focus in asset-liability management centers on interest rate risk (IRR), as the banking industry composes its playbook for rising rates. The Fed’s announcement about rates this week merely put more urgency into that focus.


SEC's Mary Jo White directs staff to develop fiduciary options document  

March 24, 2014

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White has told agency staff to draft a document that outlines ways the regulator can reform rules governing investment advisers and brokers.


Buy side takes control of capital in new world of swaps, says TABB research  

March 24, 2014

TABB Group estimates buy-side firms need to deposit approximately USD2trn in cash and other eligible assets at central counterparty clearinghouses (CCPs) to comply with the new clearing requirement for swaps.


OTC Derivatives Market is A OK, Aite Reports  

March 24, 2014

Everything is A OK in derivatives. That's what consultancy Aite Group said about the Over the Counter derivatives market, despite the increase in fragmentation in trading venues and projected consolidation among the central clearing counterparties (CCPs).


Mapping the new OTC derivatives clearing landscape  

March 24, 2014

Although regulators have been determined to ensure that CCPs meet minimum requirements for risk management and margining as part of their crackdown on systemic risk, they have done little to map out the competitive environment that the all-important clearing houses will operate in.

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