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February 1, 2013
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  • CFTC's O'Malia suggests SEF rules are weeks away
    Scott O'Malia of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission says rules for swaps-execution facilities might be finalized in the next two weeks. Although proposed rules were published in 2011, O'Malia says the CFTC has struggled to interpret specific language in the Dodd-Frank Act, leading to the delay. Risk.net (subscription required) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Barnier warns against blocking OTC derivatives rules
    EU Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier has written European Parliament members to urge them not to block over-the-counter derivatives rules. Lawmakers have said they are hesitant to adopt such rules, saying they could hurt businesses. Barnier says rejecting the rules could harm the EU's credibility and competitiveness. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

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  • Denmark and Latvia adopt 2-way credit-support annex
    Debt-management offices in Latvia and Denmark plan to post collateral to derivatives dealers. The change "allows us to benefit from better swaps prices and to trade in greater volume given the reduced credit risk," Latvian Treasury official Girts Helmanis said. Latvia and Denmark join Hungary, Ireland, Portugal and Sweden in operating under a two-way credit-support annex. Risk.net (subscription required) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

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  • Opposition mounts to Europe's proposed transaction tax
    Experts and industry groups are increasingly voicing opposition to a proposed tax on financial transactions in Europe. Noel Amenc, an EDHEC Business School professor, told EU Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier in a letter that the tax would increase the price of capital. "The theoretical arguments in support of [financial-transaction tax] as a measure to reduce volatility are, at best, mixed," Amenc wrote. Financial News Online (U.K.) (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EU official emphasizes importance of global Basel III adoption
    Michel Barnier, the EU's internal-market commissioner, has reiterated a need for the U.S. and other nations to adopt Basel III rules. The U.S. delayed Basel II and did not pass it into law until years after Europe had introduced it. As it stands, 11 of the Group of 20 countries have introduced Basel III. Reuters (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

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