Main Trends in Collateral Management

By: Securities Lending Times According to the new survey conducted by Sapient Global Markets in March, evolution towards the front office has been identified as one of the main trends for efficient collateral management across global market participants. The research also identifies the efficiency gains required to deliver increased automation and the support systems needed […]

ICMA Report on The European Repo Market

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) has released the results of its latest survey into the state of the European repo market.  Over the years these surveys have mirrored the fluctuations in the repo markets and this 25th survey which represents statistics gathered in June 2013* is no exception. Repo Market Overview Highlighting an overall […]

Tougher measures on capital requirements proposed by the regulators

By: FT.com Global regulators on Thursday proposed new measures to toughen up the regime that governs capital requirements for banks’ trading books. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued a consultation paper proposing that banks use a standardised approach to determine how much capital they need to hold to cover trading book risks, as a backstop […]

Clearstream and DCCC cooperation on collateral management for CCP margining

By: SecuritiesLendingTimes Clearstream’s global liquidity hub has its first Middle Eastern central counterparty (CCP) link. The Dubai Commodities Clearing Corporation (DCCC), which is the CCP of the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange, has agreed to cooperate on collateral management for CCP margining. By the end of the first quarter of 2014, Dubai’s exchange customers will be […]

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 […]

The risks involved in securities settlement and custodial services

Court verdict on Wells Fargo’s securities lending programme A federal court jury in Minnesota has rejected an $8.2m claim by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and other institutional investors that Wells Fargo & Co misrepresented a securities lending programme as safe.  Under the program, Wells Fargo held its clients’ securities in custodial accounts and […]

Boost to the Triparty Repo Settlement Interoperability

The ICMA European Repo Council has signed a memorandum of understanding with Clearstream, Euroclear and Eurex Clearing, which engages those providers in a joint project focusing on increasing the efficiency of the repo market. Through this agreement Eurex Clearing will be able to extend the connected settlement locations for its secured market pooling with Clearstream to […]

13 Banks Accused of Blocking CDS Market

Barclays, RBS, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, UBS and JP Morgan are amongst 13 banks accused by EU Commission of blocking the access for exchanges to the CDS market on fears that this would reduce their profits. Deutsche Börse and Chicago Mercantile Exchange were refused licences between 2006-2009 by ISDA and Markit, which are controlled by banks, to […]

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