Funding and pricing OTC derivatives proves treacherous in Australia

Treacherous path ahead

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Regulators and politicians have embraced central clearing as the great panacea, designed to save the global over-the-counter  derivatives market from a repeat of the financial meltdown in 2008. The use of central counterparty (CCP) clearing platforms is meant to reduce systemic risk and increase transparency, addressing issues in the derivatives industry, which has been described as ‘opaque’ and is blamed for much of the recent global financial woes.

The concept behind CCP central clearing is

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