Is there a doctor in the house?

These days there is no shortage of discussion among practitioners and legislators on how to develop financial markets in the future. And sometimes, like with any old bickering couple, all it takes is a third party perspective to find some common ground, which in this case might just be the academics. As proud supporter of the Sixth Erasmus Liquidity Conference taking place in Rotterdam next month, Fidessa will be presenting the Doctoral Student Award acknowledging the best paper... Read More

If it looks like a duck…

Dividing derivatives contracts into over-the-counter and exchange-traded would seem to be a simple task, but this is far from true. Thanks to EMIR’s definition of ‘on-exchange‘, contracts that are traded on anything other than a regulated market (RM) will be considered OTC regardless of whether they are traded on an MTF or are economically equivalent to the on-exchange contract. To highlight the issue, ESMA, in its most recent discussion paper on clearing obligations... Read More

The buck stops here

Money markets were rocked in 2008 when the Reserve Primary Fund committed the unthinkable by ‘breaking the buck’ because of its links to Lehman Brothers. This served as a wake-up call and in 2010 the SEC implemented amendments to the 2a-7 regulations which safeguard these types of investments. But many in the industry said they didn’t go far enough and on June 5th 2013 the SEC outlined additional proposals for increasing the stability of money market products.... Read More

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