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ECB and BoE strike CCP agreement  

March 30, 2015

The two central banks will enhance co-operation and information exchange for CCPs impacted, and in an effort to improve liquidity risk management, have extended the swap line arrangements to facilitate multi-currency liquidity provision to CCPs operating in the UK and euro area.


Banks slam global banking watchdog over risk modelling revamp  

March 30, 2015

The Australian Bankers' Association, in a submission sent to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision  at the weekend, said introducing a capital floor to reduce the variance between big and small-bank risk models has "a number of obvious issues, the most material of which is the capital burden it would place on the industry".


Biggest Global Banks Go to Pieces Under Pressure From Regulators  

March 30, 2015

Increasingly strict capital rules over the past three years may be forcing the breakup of the financial supermarkets built in the decade before the financial crisis. Lenders, unable to use borrowed money to fund as much of their business as they once did, have cut profitability targets and are weighing more drastic actions to meet them.


A New Rule Could End Up Punishing the Wrong Banks  

March 30, 2015

The quirk is the result of risk weighting, the mathematical models that treat trading assets as safer than corporate or consumer lending. It will force banks such as Wells Fargo & Co. and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA, which depend mostly on deposits for funding, to replace them with costlier bonds.


Fed Focuses on Shadow Banking as It Gauges Financial-System Risk  

March 27, 2015

Federal Reserve officials, fresh from the latest round of tests designed to ensure the safety of the biggest banks, are now peering into the darker corners of the financial system as they assess the risks of another crisis.


CFTC clamps down on "untenable" reporting rules  

March 26, 2015

Discord in the derivatives regulation is not new but the rhetoric surrounding troublesome Dodd-Frank reporting rules had been generally positive until recently, when the CFTC began handing down enforcement orders and warnings to those firms that failed to comply.


Bank capital regulation seen adding risk as Asia debt safety net decays  

March 23, 2015

Debt crises and heavy trading losses at some Asia-Pacific companies have exposed cracks in the region's corporate debt market - suggesting a regulatory push to make the global financial system safer could unintentionally be having the opposite effect.


CME Is Said to Mull Rule Change as Basel Pressure Hampers Banks  

March 23, 2015

New rules meant to make banks safer are prompting the world’s largest derivatives exchange to consider changing how it backs trades in one of the biggest shifts since futures were created in 1865.


Swap Gauge Expands in Latest Effort to Revive Derivatives Market  

March 20, 2015

Gauges investors use to hedge against losses or speculate on the credit quality of Europe’s financial companies have been expanded in the latest effort to revive the $14.8 trillion credit derivatives market.


Skin in the game at CCPs  

March 20, 2015

The announcement by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) that it is to infuse a chunk of its own capital into some of its default funds across the world is welcome news as a growing percentage of the notional $700 trillion over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market is pushed onto centralised clearing houses (CCPs) as mandated under the Dodd-Frank Act in the US and the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). 

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