OTC reforms: Numbers only tell part of the story

Derivatives reform glass is half-empty for regulators

rodrigo-buenaventura

On paper at least, it looks like regulators have what they wanted. Nearly five years after the Group of 20 (G-20) nations first demanded reform of over-the-counter derivatives, the vast majority of eligible trades are now being cleared, while the use of electronic confirmations and bilateral collateral agreements has also increased. But regulators believe there is more work to do – not least, by themselves.

“The G-20 mandate makes sense, but it is unrealistic to think regulators are going to get

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