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April 27, 2012
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  • ISDA board members discuss derivatives-clearing rules
    Standardized over-the-counter derivatives are supposed to be processed through a clearinghouse by year-end. Nick Sawyer of Risk discussed implementation deadlines and other issues related to derivatives clearing with four ISDA board members: Chairman Stephen O'Connor, Michele Faissola, Eric Litvack and Guillaume Amblard. Risk.net (subscription required) (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ISDA outlines ways to improve commodity-derivatives processing
    ISDA released a white paper that discusses trade processing for over-the-counter commodity derivatives and areas that could be improved. "The vast majority of OTC commodity-derivatives products have become standardized over time, and additional standardization has occurred with a specific focus on electronic confirmation, life-cycle event processing and clearing," said Julian Day, head of market infrastructure. "The white paper further clarifies and increases transparency of the operational best practices for OTC commodity derivatives." Read ISDA's white paper on OTC commodity derivatives. Bank Systems & Technology (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EU considers easing Basel III to be in line with other regions
    EU lawmakers are considering relaxing Basel III capital and liquidity rules for banks if lenders in the U.S. and elsewhere are not subject to their full force. Othmar Karas, the EU lawmaker guiding Basel III adoption through the European Parliament, suggested that the European Commission and the European Banking Authority receive power to "take appropriate measures in order to adjust to the level of global competition." Bloomberg (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Financial-transaction tax is problematic
    The EU's proposed financial-transaction tax has been moving forward and could gather momentum during the French presidential election, because both major candidates are for it. However, the tax faces challenges and likely would have unintended consequences, such as driving trading out of countries that implement it. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi recently reiterated this point before the European Parliament. "We want them to come back," Draghi said. "One wonders if an FTT is the best way to attract them back to euro area." The Economist/Schumpeter blog (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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