Infrastructure

More speed, more efficiency

Banks are increasingly aware of the speed and efficiency that is required to process data when creating and dealing in structured products. Calls for transparency and liquidity mean it is vital to choose systems that can cope with the products'…

Net benefit

Meant to minimise counterparty risk, the idea of clearing for credit derivatives has been riddled with questions from the outset. But new research suggests the plans might actually increase counterparty exposures. Mark Pengelly investigates

IASB proposes simplifying fair-value measurement

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has sought to simplify its standards on fair-value measurement, bringing International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) further into line with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (Gaap).

Optimal pays $235 million to Madoff trustee

Optimal Investment Services, the Switzerland-based asset management arm of Banco Santander, has agreed to pay $235 million to the trustee responsible for liquidating Bernard Madoff's investment management firm, Bernard Madoff Investment Securities (BMIS).

Q&A: EC official "optimistic" on central clearing deadline

Mario Nava, head of the financial markets infrastructure unit at the European Commission in Brussels, updates Risk on progress towards central clearing of credit default swaps (CDSs) and the move towards a central trade repository for over-the-counter…

OTC trade repository plan faces hurdles

Financial authorities in the US and Europe have advocated the introduction of a central trade repository to gather data on the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market, but there is concern that multiple repositories could do more harm than good.

BIS shows first OTC derivatives market decline

The total outstanding notional of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives contracts fell 13.4% to $592 trillion at the end of December 2008, from $683.7 trillion at the end of June 2008, according to statistics released by the Bank for International…

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