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What’s in a speech?

A speech by the head of a key US regulator is believed to be one of the main drivers of a near halving of the basis between yen interest rate swaps cleared at LCH and the Japan Securities Clearing Corporation. Christopher Giancarlo, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, gave a speech in London on September 4 where for the first time he suggested US clients would be able to clear swaps on non-US central counterparties that aren’t fully registered with the regulator but have “comparable, comprehensive supervision and regulation”. JSCC is thought to fall into this category.

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