Do you GoCompare or are you Confused.com?

Ana Herrero-WallaceThe Regulation team has great pleasure in bringing you a unique (and somewhat ironic) insight from Robin Strong, Head of Buy-side Market Strategy at Fidessa, in his paper entitled Do you GoCompare or are you Confused.com?

One of the most topical issues from the point of view of both politicians and industry practitioners relates to the role of derivatives and fixed income. Robin makes some interesting comparisons between the OTC fixed income and derivatives markets and the leading online comparison site, ‘GoCompare’.

Personally, I think it would make sense to lobby Brussels with Robin’s analogy as it might just help the regulators understand the complex differences between equities and other asset classes where most trading happens over the counter.

Read Robin’s paper and have your own say in our readers’ poll.

If trading in standardised OTC derivatives and fixed income moves to exchanges or electronic trading platforms, this could increase transparency, reduce risk, and protect against market abuse.

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It could be detrimental to impose transparency on the 'prehistoric' fixed income and derivatives markets without really understanding the negative consequences and costs that it could bring.

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