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  1. August 21, 2014

    HFT ‘cheetahs’ get Chilton as an adviser

    One of the world’s most outspoken critics of high-speed traders has signed on as an adviser to an industry group for...

  2. July 23, 2014

    O’Malia to take helm at Isda

    Scott O’Malia, who this week quit as a commissioner at the main regulator of the US swaps industry, will become head of the...

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  1. April 30, 2014

    ICE wins control of Isdafix swaps benchmark

    IntercontinentalExchange has won control of a key benchmark for the derivatives market, as banks and traders in global swaps...

  2. April 27, 2014

    Swaps and derivatives: Tougher capital rules boost traders’ feelings of security

    Last month the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (Isda), a trade body, asked members and swaps users if...

  3. April 10, 2014

    Traders warn on deadline for new swaps rules

    Swaps dealers have warned a mid-May deadline forcing them to comply with new US rules for over-the-counter trading remains...

  4. March 5, 2014

    ISDA stymied over derivatives contracts rewrite

    A global regulatory initiative to rewrite the way derivatives contracts work in a default may be slowed amid concerns that...

  5. January 27, 2014

    ICAP deprived of role in rate benchmark

    The administrator of one of the market’s most widely used benchmarks for derivatives is to shake up the way it compiles...

  6. January 21, 2014

    US swaps trading rules have ‘split market’

    New US legislation for swaps trading has dramatically fragmented the transatlantic market in the past three months, with...

  7. December 4, 2013

    CFTC sued by trade groups over swaps rules

    Three industry groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Commodity Futures Trading Commission challenging the agency’s...

  8. November 21, 2013

    Bloomberg kicks off electronic MAC swaps trading

    The standardisation of interest rate derivatives has notched a new milestone with the first electronic transaction of a...

  9. November 6, 2013

    Regulators urge rewrite for derivatives contracts

    Senior regulators have urged the derivatives industry to rewrite the way its contracts work to reduce the financial chaos...

  10. FT Alphaville

    October 15, 2013

    CDS Q&A JIC

    We had refrained from posting this helpful CDS explainer because a deal on the shutdown and debt ceiling appeared close...

  11. October 7, 2013

    US default fears spark liquidity warning

    Financial firms trading in US Treasury securities are preparing contingency plans in the event of a debt default, as experts...

  12. FT Alphaville

    October 7, 2013

    An elegant solution to a conspiracy problem

    OK, hands up. We did not pay attention in March when Canadian securities regulators proposed to tighten rules for when...

  13. July 4, 2013

    Credit default swaps: reputational damage

    As if the credit default swaps industry – or banks, for that matter – needed more reputational damage. The European...

  14. July 2, 2013

    Trading places

    Since the beginning of the eurozone crisis, credit default swaps have not exactly been popular with European legislators....

  15. July 1, 2013

    Banks charged with blocking CDS market

    Investment banks’ 20-year grip over credit insurance markets has come under regulatory assault as Brussels served charges...

  16. FT Alphaville

    July 1, 2013

    Incumbents don't like disruption shocker: CDS edition

    The European Commission has been investigating goings-on in the CDS world since Deutsche Borse and CME tried to enter...

  17. FT Alphaville

    June 21, 2013

    Introducing "ISDA risk" - it's like basis risk, but more annoying

    How many different types of risk can you name? Operational risk, market risk, liquidity risk, legal risk, credit risk, etc....

  18. June 13, 2013

    Banks face derivatives shake-up in Asia

    Global banks trading over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives with some Asian counterparties risk being in breach of US...

  19. June 12, 2013

    LSE names Isda chairman as non-exec

    The London Stock Exchange has appointed two non-executive directors as it continues to refresh its board. Stephen O’Connor,...

  20. April 30, 2013

    OTC trading reform threatens Asian markets

    Asia’s banks may have avoided the worst of the global financial crisis, but its derivatives markets could still suffer the...

  21. FT Alphaville

    April 25, 2013

    Banks told to sit down and shut up or else some of them will get ice cream and others won't, which will indeed totally suck

    “One thing that I think would stand you in very good stead is to avoid lobbying – influencing policy is probably a better...

  22. April 24, 2013

    Swaps trading enters new era

    The standardisation of global derivatives is set to enter a new phase, led by the introduction of so-called “MAC” swaps for...

  23. April 9, 2013

    Swap traders’ morning fix under scrutiny

    For two decades, one electronic page on trading terminals has dominated the shadowy world of interest rate swap trading...

  24. April 9, 2013

    How the ISDAfix benchmark is calculated

    ISDAfix, the leading benchmark for fixed rates on interest rate swaps, was established in 1998 by the International Swaps...

  25. April 9, 2013

    Brokers at ICAP in CFTC rate swaps probe

    The US futures regulator is investigating allegations of manipulation of a popular derivatives benchmark and has issued...

  26. March 26, 2013

    Brussels includes ISDA in antitrust probe

    The body that represents the world’s biggest banks that trade financial derivatives was dragged into an EU-wide antitrust...

  27. March 19, 2013

    Derivatives sector urges wider Iosco role

    The heads of some of the world’s largest derivative trade associations have urged the body for global securities regulators...

  28. February 16, 2013

    Regulators loosen swaps rules

    A global council of financial regulators has eased proposed rules governing non-standard derivatives, allowing banks more...

  29. February 5, 2013

    Crunch feared if collateral rules enforced

    The law of unintended consequences rules in global financial markets. Attempts by regulators to stabilise one part simply...

  30. December 19, 2012

    CFTC agrees more delays to reforms

    A wave of new delays to financial reforms has been approved by the US derivatives regulator as Wall Street scrambles to meet...

  31. December 11, 2012

    Changes to swap costs prompt alarm

    Off the peg or custom made? For some derivatives users, the choice could soon narrow sharply. There are growing fears that...

  32. November 15, 2012

    Argentina creditors criticise US court

    Creditors who bailed out Argentina in 2005 and 2010 by swapping their defaulted debt say they are being “attacked” by a US...

  33. FT Alphaville

    November 8, 2012

    Wall Street and the elections

    Final tallies via Open Secrets: The note attached to the chart says: “The organizations themselves did not donate, rather...

  34. November 5, 2012

    ICE gets UK approval for European CDS

    IntercontinentalExchange, the US futures exchange, has won UK regulatory approval to clear European sovereign credit default...

  35. September 29, 2012

    US court scraps CFTC position limits rule

    A US court has rejected a proposal by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that aimed to limit speculation in commodity...

  36. September 10, 2012

    Fast Libor reform ‘risks causing chaos’

    Radical and rapid reform of Libor rates could trigger chaos for $300tn in existing debt and derivative contracts based on...

  37. August 29, 2012

    Industry bodies detail OTC swaps clearing

    Two top trading industry bodies have published a template meant for brokers and their customers to document cleared...

  38. August 19, 2012

    US drought renews food speculation concerns

    Underpinned by the worst drought in the US midwest for decades, Chicago corn, wheat and soyabean futures prices have soared...

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