Putting backlogs up front

Equity Derivatives

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When the Federal Reserve Bank of New York rang the alarm bells on the backlog of unconfirmed credit derivatives trades in 2005, the industry responded promptly and effectively. All those involved could see the Fed's point - the backlog was unacceptably large given the exponential growth of the market, and represented a real systemic risk. But unconfirmed credit derivatives transactions weren't the only danger. Backlogs were growing elsewhere, notably in the over-the-counter equity derivative

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