Looking through the CFTC’s prism

The CFTC’s recent Concept Release on Risk Controls and System Safeguards for Automated Trading Environments represents a watershed moment for US derivatives markets, setting the stage for a new regulatory approach to electronic trading. The CFTC’s role and powers have already been greatly enhanced, post-Dodd-Frank, through a combination of the new market abuse powers, the “command and control” approach to risk embodied in Regulation 1.73 and the Commission’s... Read More

Value for money

The long list of topics to be tackled by ESMA in MiFID II Level 2 is laid bare in the EU regulator’s latest banking and investment services tender document, with submissions due by the end of this week. ESMA is seeking help with data gathering and analysis on a number of fronts, not least in order to specify detailed organisational requirements to be imposed on investment firms. With the ESMA guidelines and the FOA guidance already published last year, ESMA may now add even... Read More

A lose-lose situation?

There are currently 15 SEF applications lodged with the US CTFC at various stages of registration. With experience in other asset classes showing that while many new entrants may emerge only a few will succeed, many in the industry are wondering which of these new SEFs will make it beyond their first birthday. Even for those that do survive there’s no guarantee of a profitable business at the end of it. The CFTC’s MAT rule (Make Available to Trade) states that once... Read More

Next Stop St. Petersburg

Back in 2009, in the wake of the financial Armageddon, world leaders pledged in their G20 commitment in Pittsburgh that all standardised OTC derivative contracts should be traded on a platform and centrally cleared by the end of 2012. Fast forward four years and the next G20 summit takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia at the end of this week – the first meeting since the 2012 deadline. Global leaders plan to review the progress made in financial markets and, in advance... Read More

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