Financial Regulatory Forum

INTERVIEW: Volcker Rule, derivatives in U.S. business lobby’s sights for new year

By Emmanuel Olaoye, Compliance Complete

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in contesting U.S. regulators’ implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. Lawsuits challenging the Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission over the justification for the rules have stopped some rules in their tracks and forced the regulators to hire more economic analysts.

With a new Congress due to start on January 3, Compliance Complete sat down with three senior officials at the Chamber to discuss their priority issues for 2013. These include the Volcker rule banning risky trading by banks, exemptions for non-financial users of derivatives, the role of the Financial Stability Oversight Council in money-market fund reform. (more…)

With new U.S. swaps definitions, the horse is finally put before the cart

By Bora Yagiz

NEW YORK, July 24 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) - The definition of swaps finalized by the U.S. futures regulator is the linchpin in an overhaul that will change the swaps market landscape markedly and offer the promise of lower risk.

In an effort to bring the over-the-counter (OTC) swaps into the regulatory fold for the first time since they appeared in 1981, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a set of final rules this month defining a “swap” under the Dodd-Frank Act, section 721. These rules complement the agency’s other final rule on end-user exemptions as well as those adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission on “security-based swaps” and “security-based swaps agreements.” They also delineate the jurisdiction for mixed swaps between the agencies. (more…)

ANALYSIS-EU, U.S. supervisors face derivatives test

By Huw Jones

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Differences between new European Union and U.S. rules to crackdown on derivatives will be a key test of how well transatlantic regulators can coordinate to iron out loopholes banks may be tempted to exploit.

The United States has already approved a law to tighten supervision of the $615 trillion off-exchange derivatives markets and the EU published its own draft law on Wednesday.

Both implement pledges the EU and United States made as members of the Group of 20 countries (G20) to require central clearing of as many contracts as possible, reporting of trades to repositories and where appropriate, trading on an exchange.

OTC derivative end-users exempted in draft US bill

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WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – A wide swath of end-users of over-the-counter derivatives contracts would be exempted from new rules requiring centralized clearing under draft legislation circulating in the U.S. Congress on Monday.

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US, Britain to work on clearinghouse oversight

Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, testifies before the House Financial services committee on Capitol Hill in Washington July 2009, REUTERS/Yuri Gripas WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Authority said they will cooperate on the cross-border oversight of clearinghouses.

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ANALYSIS-Fatter capital rules mean lean times for big banks

By Kevin Drawbaugh

WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Banking is supposed to be boring.

That’s the quip that lobbyists and congressional aides use, only half-jokingly, to explain what’s in store for the banking industry as governments crack down with tighter regulation.

From higher capital standards and tighter oversight, to slimmer profits and smaller bonuses, global banking promises to be a duller and less lucrative business in years ahead. (more…)

South Korea mulls OTC derivatives clearing house

A businessman walks past a banner promoting interest of CMA (Cash Management Account) of a local securities company in Seoul July 14, 2009. South Korea is moving to screen over-the-counter (OTC) derivative products ahead of their market debut, as regulators worldwide look to curb free-wheeling derivatives trading and protect investors.   REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won (SOUTH KOREA BUSINESS)   SEOUL, Aug 26 (Reuters) – South Korea may introduce an over-the-counter derivatives clearing house, a top regulator said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of moves to curb free-wheeling derivatives trading.
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U.S. House ‘concept paper’ has mandatory OTC derivatives clearing

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – The leaders of the two U.S. House committees overseeing U.S. securities and futures markets agree that over-the-counter derivatives should move onto regulated exchanges and go through clearing in most cases, according to a “concept paper” that will guide bill-drafting.

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French watchdog warns London on OTC derivatives-FT

    LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Disagreements between Paris and London over the regulation of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets could drive business to the United States, a top French regulator told the Financial Times on Monday.
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US SEC, CFTC to police OTC derivatives -document

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner    By Rachelle Younglai
   WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is set to propose on Friday giving securities and futures regulators authority to police the over-the-counter derivatives market, according to a document obtained by Reuters.
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