Returns of the Mac
Clearing – and present danger
Viva las vega
A family affair
The right tool for the job?
Min Park to retire
The rise of smart beta
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
Swaps vs futures: OTC market speaks out
Some dealers have started trading under the standard credit support annex, but a requirement in new uncleared margin rules could subject many trades to a haircut, potentially causing a re-think. By Matt Cameron and Nick Sawyer
Dealers broadly agree that funding costs and benefits should be priced into uncollateralised trades, and some banks have started recognising this in their financial statements. But there is no standard practice, and there are fears of double-counting....
The days either side of the first US clearing deadline saw last-minute decisions by clients and regulators, operational niggles and some illegality. The industry expects breaches of the rules to get a pass for now, so the first phase of the new regime...
New capital requirements are making it more difficult for banks to trade with counterparties that are not covered by a netting opinion. That is spurring attempts to expand coverage, but can leave banks and lawyers on uncertain ground. By Lukas Becker
Banks have been reluctant to pick winners and losers from the array of new derivatives trading platforms being set up, but with Citi and Morgan Stanley taking equity stakes in two venues at the end of last year, it looks like some dealers are finally...
Chasing the dragon
The volatility merry-go-round
Different block trading thresholds for economically equivalent swaps and futures could hand exchanges a decisive advantage in the ongoing futurisation fight. But some market participants argue the disparity is fair, as do some regulators. Joe Rennison...