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Corporate risk manager of the year: Microsoft

The first US clearing mandates came into force last year in three separate phases. While most corporates looked to take advantage of the corporate hedging exemption, Microsoft decided right from the start to voluntarily clear everything

EBA: Common credit risk definitions vital

European regulators have overhauled bank reporting standards to ensure comparability, with new Finrep and Corep templates to be rolled out from this month. The latest step has been to agree common definitions for forborne and non-performing exposures…

Trading OTC may be costlier than you think

Debate continues to rage about the merits of clearing, with some market observers arguing that the benefits of using central counterparties are outweighed by the precipitous costs involved. But such criticisms fail to take the full burden of over-the…

FSB: work needed on consistent data standards

Public- and private-sector experts have worked hard over the past three years to develop the framework for a global legal entity identifier system, but more effort is needed to create consistent data standards for financial instruments and transactions,…

OTFs and Sefs: equivalence in doubt

European legislators are close to finalising their derivatives execution rules, but trading platforms are concerned the OTF framework may be sufficiently different to US Sef rules to scupper any chance of equivalence determinations. By Tom Osborn

Regulators clash on Mifid waivers

Some regulators and brokers have expressed fears that exemptions included in Mifid may mean European rules on trade execution are not equivalent to the US – but a key parliamentarian disagrees

Pooled funds in clearing limbo

Pension funds will not have to clear in Europe until at least mid-2015, but what about the vehicles some use to scale up their hedging transactions? As things stand, lawyers are giving different answers – and the industry wants regulators to clarify the…

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