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  1. March 31, 2014

    ‘Swaptions’ trade leaps over regulatory hurdles

    An obscure pocket of the derivatives world has managed to escape the effects of new regulation to explode in popularity and...

  2. February 10, 2014

    Investors turn to ‘shadow’ bond market

    The shadows are growing in the corporate bond market as investors turn to derivatives to buy and sell. An increasingly...

  1. January 5, 2014

    Indebted European groups refinance amid strong credit markets

    European companies with high levels of debt took advantage of strong credit markets and better prices last year to...

  2. January 1, 2014

    2014 outlook: Sugar high

    A frothy market? As snow fell in New York City on a December afternoon, waiters bearing trays of cookies fanned out among...

  3. 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...

  4. October 30, 2013

    US house bill rolls back Dodd-Frank on derivatives rule

    The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow banks to trade certain derivatives, which...

  5. October 25, 2013

    Comment: Sefs are the weak link in OTC regulation

    Transparent trading of off-exchange swaps via electronic marketplaces known as swap execution facilities (Sefs) was a key...

  6. October 15, 2013

    Credit default swaps run out of road

    In 1994 bankers at JPMorgan Chase came up with the canny idea of selling off some of the risk of their loans by striking...

  7. September 24, 2013

    Moscow prepares for derivatives rules push

    The Moscow Exchange is gearing up for an October launch of its off-exchange derivatives clearing business amid a wider...

  8. September 5, 2013

    Regulators take aim at recycled securities

    The widespread practice of using the same securities over and over again is back under the microscope as global regulators...

  9. June 26, 2013

    Italy faces restructured derivatives hit

    Italy risks potential losses of billions of euros on derivatives contracts it restructured at the height of the eurozone...

  10. June 10, 2013

    CME primed for new derivatives rules

    CME Group, the world largest futures exchange operator, is leading a group of US exchanges hoping to take full advantage of...

  11. May 7, 2013

    Pension fund sues banks over CDS ‘dominance’

    A pension fund for Ohio-based sheet metal workers is challenging big banks’ “collective dominance” of the $27tn market for...

  12. April 30, 2013

    The first signs of the bears giving up

    Every year for the past four years the world has thrown a wobbly in late April or May, after markets became far too...

  13. 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...

  14. December 4, 2012

    Regulators wrestle with swaps reform risk

    Environmentalists worry nuclear power plants pose risks that are not fully understood – or controllable. The capital market...

  15. November 1, 2012

    Europe shares distaste for short sellers

    The language was different in 1787 but restrictions imposed on the earliest insurance against government failure to pay...

  16. October 17, 2012

    Swaps trades on brink of tough new regime

    On any long journey, some steps are more important than others. The new Wall Street envisioned by the Dodd-Frank reforms in...

  17. September 26, 2012

    CDS market – Markit’s weird selection

    The world recently learnt how confusing and dangerous the credit derivatives markets can be. The latest development looks...

  18. September 24, 2012

    Wall St engineering revival of CDS

    Wall Street financial engineers have devised a new way to combat declining trading in the credit derivatives market – they...

  19. May 15, 2012

    LCH.Clearnet expands European CDS

    LCH.Clearnet, the Anglo-French clearing house, has joined the battle to clear European credit default swaps (CDS), as...

  20. April 22, 2012

    Low rates fuel early debt repayments

    Some European companies are taking advantage of low interest rates, healthy cash reserves and receptive investors to repay...

  21. March 19, 2012

    Greece creditors get $2.5bn CDS payout

    The market will pay out $2.5bn to creditors who have bought insurance-like products to protect them from a Greek default,...

  22. December 22, 2011

    Wall St gears up for regulatory fight over CLOs

    Wall Street is set to pick another fight with regulators as the loan industry and big banks push back against new rules that...

  23. December 15, 2011

    EFSF considers euro warning clause

    A draft prospectus prepared for the latest eurozone bail-out instruments includes explicit warnings to investors that the...

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