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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. (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
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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. (subscription required) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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
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