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January 16, 2013
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  • Study examines derivatives use for hedging
    CFA Institute has released a study that looks into the use of derivatives for hedging, finding that greater disclosure is needed for investors to understand the risk exposure of companies in which they invest. "Given the widespread use of derivatives, the broad point made from our analysis is that these instruments are prone to leaving investors with a lack of understanding of associated risks and unable to anticipate potential losses if they are not disclosed properly," said Vincent Papa, director of financial-reporting policy. Accounting Today (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Italian market may offer more futures, official says
    Italy is scheduled to launch the first durum-wheat-futures market in Europe, and Italiana Commodities head Ennio Arlandi says it may be only the beginning for the bourse. He declined to offer specifics but said "we are studying other derivatives on other agricultural products." The wheat-futures exchange is expected to help Italian pasta-makers deal with volatile prices. Reuters (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Experts call for FATCA clarity
    When rules of the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act are released this month, experts hope they will shine a light on murky administration issues. Although the regulations were drafted a year ago, the Internal Revenue Service has not made clear how they will be implemented or how they will interact with intergovernmental agreements. Risk magazine (subscription required) (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Schapiro's SEC legacy has yet to be written
    During her time as Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, Mary Schapiro oversaw an average of 680 settlements per year. That's slightly below the 682 average of the three years that preceded her, according to NERA Economic Consulting. However, "we may not know what the signature trends were under her tenure for some time," said James Overdahl, vice president of NERA's Securities and Finance Practice. The Wall Street Journal/Corruption Currents blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Editorial: CFTC rule for mutual funds should be revisited
    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has finalized a rule that requires mutual funds and their investment advisers to register with the agency if they trade a certain amount of commodities futures, options and swaps. The rule, which unifies mandates from the agency and the Securities and Exchange Commission, needs more consideration, this editorial argues. InvestmentNews (free registration) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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