Here comes the MiFID II

By Stanley Epstein, Eureka Financial The original Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) came into force in November 2007. MiFID brought competition to the trading procedures in the European Union. Under MiFID investment firms could operate throughout the EU on the basis of the ‘authority’ of their home EU Member State. MiFID also introduces a […]

International Securities Settlements and Custodial Services Program in London

  Register for a practical 2 day International Securities Settlements & Custodial Services course in London – 7-8 of July 2014. This 2 day training program is designed to provide delegates with practical  knowledge about the key concepts, systems, processes and procedures in international securities settlement and custodial services as well as operational risks involved.   […]

The Libor effect on derivatives

The UK Court of Appeal is this week hearing two cases in an attempt to determine whether the Libor rate rigging scandal can be considered to be sufficient grounds for invalidating derivatives contracts.  In the first of the cases Barclays attempts to overturn a previous judgement which would see it having to defend in court […]

JPMorgan agreed to pay $920M to Settle London Whale Probes

By Bloomberg.com JP Morgan agreed to pay $920 million in penalties and admitted violating securities laws last year as top managers withheld information from the board. Senior executives had evidence by late April 2012 that traders in the chief investment office in London were pricing a derivatives portfolio in a way that reduced reported losses, […]

More difficulties for asset managers and pension funds to access OTC derivatives market

Impact of Dodd-Frank on asset management and pension funds in the US With the new section of Dodd-Frank regulations which came into life on 9th of September, asset managers and pension funds in the US will face more difficulties in accessing the OTC derivatives market as they have to clear the trades through central counterparties. […]

OTC Derivatives Market Update

Derivatives move into the shadows According to FT shadow financial institutions are taking advantage of a wave of new derivatives regulation imposed on the banks. This has resulted in a substantial portion of the derivative market moving away from the mainstream banks and towards the shadow financial institutions. Hedge funds and smaller banks are now trading more […]

In the news: Repo round-up

ECB temporarily relaxes rules on ASBs With effect from 16 October the European Central Bank (ECB) is imposing higher reporting standards for residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and asset-backed securities (ABS).  However it has agreed to temporarily consider accepting securities which fall short of the standards on a case by case basis and subject to acceptable […]

OTC repo transactions in Russia reach more than RUB120 billion.

According to Securities Lending Times, the value of securities used as collateral for the Bank of Russia’s OTC repo transactions is at the moment more than RUB120 billion. The National Settlement Depository (NSD) provides the collateral management services for the Bank of Russia as well as clearing services and securities and cash settlement to market […]

New Repo tool by FED to affect the short-term lending markets

By FT.com Policy makers were briefed by Simon Potter, head of the markets group at the New York Fed, about establishing a “fixed-rate, full-allotment overnight reverse repo” facility. This would operate alongside the Fed’s existing reverse repo facility that is designed to drain the vast amounts of excess reserves from the financial system when official overnight rates […]

ICMA issues covered bond statement

  The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) has issued a statement to the credit rating agencies relating to the methodologies used in rating covered bonds.  The statement revolves around the volatility of covered bond ratings in particular and other ratings in general. Acknowledging the challenge of giving a credit opinion “through the cycle” the statement […]

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