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February 7, 2013
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  • CFTC and FERC are at odds on a trader's punishment
    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are fighting a turf battle over who has the right to punish Brian Hunter of Amaranth Advisors. The CFTC and Hunter both say FERC overstepped its bounds in issuing a $30 million fine related to gas-futures bets. The CFTC has paused its own investigation of Hunter to join his defense against FERC. Reuters (2/6), Bloomberg (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • European Parliament could still approve derivatives rules
    The European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee voted against technical standards on over-the-counter derivatives and central counterparties, but the rules might still be approved by Parliament. The committee based its decision on a belief that the European Securities and Markets Authority had misinterpreted a portion of the law that mandates the rules, but Parliament might approve them anyway to avoid a lengthy rewrite. Meanwhile, a French market regulator is urging European lawmakers to approve the rules. Risk.net (subscription required) (2/6), Reuters (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Margin Savings up to 90% for Cleared OTC IRS vs. Futures
90% is no small number—especially when it comes to margin savings. Market participants have been actively utilizing portfolio margining of Cleared OTC IRS and Eurodollar and Treasury futures, and total risk reductions now account for over $1 billion in initial margin savings—figures that remain unparalleled in the industry. Click here to learn more.
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  • Bankers view Lew as an unknown commodity
    Financial executives are raising questions about President Barack Obama's nominee for Treasury secretary, Jack Lew. Industry players say they're concerned about Lew's stance on regulatory changes, many of which are included in the Dodd-Frank Act. Lew is expected to face confirmation-hearing questions on how he would handle his position as chief of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. The Hill/On the Money blog (2/6) 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.
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  • Registration is Now Open for NY Expo 2013
    The Futures Industry Association will hold its second annual NY Expo on April 10 and 11 at the Hilton New York in cooperation with FIA Chicago, Futures Services and Information Technology Divisions. Last year's event attracted more than 600 industry professionals and more than 20 vendors. This year's topics will include mandatory clearing, LSOC with excess, Basel capital requirements, as well as product-specific panels on interest-rate swaps, and more. Register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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