Risk magazine - March 2014


Bilateral compression takes off as banks tackle leverage

It used to mean the tearing-up of perfectly matching trades, but compression has become something bolder and more ambitious in recent months – at the same time, it has also become more confusing, and smaller banks fear they may have the wool pulled over…

Who is Timothy Massad?

He cooks, he’s quiet, he’s confident, and he will cope with everything Wall Street throws at him. That is the picture painted by former colleagues – and adversaries – of the US Treasury Department’s Timothy Massad, probable new chairman at the Commodity…

WM Datenservice: "Emir was too fast"

Germany’s issuer of legal entity identifiers opened for business almost 12 months ago, but demand only surged in the weeks leading up to Europe’s February 12 reporting deadline

"What a mess": market reflects on start of Emir reporting

By any standards, Europe’s new reporting regime got off to a bad start. Many companies were not ready to comply; some repositories were not able to cope with those that were. Regulators, meanwhile, did not agree on what was in scope. Fiona Maxwell reports

Learning to share the swap market

Asset managers, hedge funds and proprietary trading shops all want access to platforms that currently serve dealers only - a test for rules on impartial access and, potentially, the start of a long-awaited revolution in over-the-counter markets. By…

Meet the new OTC market-makers

New swap trading platforms are often seen as a way of levering open the OTC market for a range of non-dealer market-makers – from opportunistic buy-side firms to aggressive Chicago prop shops. But how many of these firms are serious, and what difference…

In-depth introduction: Leverage ratio

Banks are under pressure to reduce the gross value of their derivatives portfolios, spurring greater use of bilateral compression exercises - and tougher standards in the US could put banks there under more pressure than their peers. By Lukas Becker

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