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With March 11 receding from view, all eyes have turned to the second stage of the US clearing roll-out. No-one knows precisely how many derivatives users will be caught this time, but estimates go as high as 2,000, and dealers, clearing houses and middleware...
Moves to central clearing of many derivatives will mean hedge assets and margin will be valued using the overnight interest rate. Yet insurers’ liabilities are still valued with reference to a Libor rate. For those insurers that are significant users...
Proposals on the margining of uncleared over-the-counter derivatives trades have been revised to dampen the potential liquid impact. But dealers warn the rules are still dangerously pro-cyclical and will lead to huge numbers of disputes. By Matt Cameron...
The move to central clearing poses a huge documentation challenge. A standard template has been developed for European derivatives users – but will this solve the problem? By Duncan Wood and Lukas Becker
Swap futures have been pitched as economically equivalent to over-the-counter swaps, but with a much lighter regulatory burden. But some over-the-counter participants claim the rules create an unfair and unjustified arbitrage opportunity. Joe Rennison...
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