Obstacles facing dealers' dream of a global OTC data repository

The database race


It is too late to build a single, global clearing house for the over-the-counter derivatives market – a dream dealers conjure up in their more wistful moments. But the possibility of a unified database for OTC trades is still alive, and there’s one obvious contender – the New York-based Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), a co-operative that has won a series of industry-run competitions to pick a repository for commodity, equity, foreign exchange and rates data. The DTCC already runs

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