Financial Regulatory Forum

EU’s Barnier pledges to tackle speculators

By Reuters Staff
March 17, 2010

By John O’Donnell

BRUSSELS, March 17 (Reuters) – The European Commission plans to propose controls on certain government debt derivatives as soon as June in an effort to crack down on speculation blamed for aggravating Greece’s borrowing problems.

EU to discuss credit default swap speculation, watchdog frets

By Reuters Staff
March 8, 2010

By Huw Jones and Krista Hughes

LONDON/BASEL, Switzerland, March 8 (Reuters) – European Union finance ministers will discuss next week how to dampen speculation on sovereign credit default swap markets, sources said, as central bankers worry some selling practices pose wider risks.

EU examines debt speculators amid fears over Greece

By Reuters Staff
March 3, 2010

BRUSSELS, March 3 (Reuters) – Officials working for European Union financial markets chief Michel Barnier will meet industry experts and supervisors on Friday to discuss debt speculators amid concerns traders are worsening Greece’s borrowing problems.

Divide grows on setting U.S. energy position limits

By Reuters Staff
September 16, 2009

Traders work in the Crude & Natural Gas Options pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange June 10, 2009.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton By Christopher Doering
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The top U.S. futures regulator and two main commodity exchanges were conflicted on Wednesday over who should set tougher position limits if the the Commodity Futures Trading Commission proceeds to take action to curb market manipulation.

U.S. bill would restrict OTC derivatives holdings

July 30, 2009

USA/ By Charles Abbott and Rachelle Younglai
WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – U.S. financial regulators would gain the power to restrict holdings of over-the-counter derivatives under legislation to be crafted in the coming months, the chairmen of two House of Representatives committees said on Thursday.

New Shanghai IPOs defy speculation restraints

By Reuters Staff
July 30, 2009

By Lu Jianxin and Edmund Klamann
SHANGHAI, July 30 (Reuters) – Two eye-popping debuts on the Shanghai Stock Exchange this week, its first listings in nearly a year, defied recent reforms to curb speculation and suggest China could struggle to keep asset price bubbles under control.

Two US House chairmen back mandatory OTC clearing in derivatives reform goals

By Reuters Staff
July 30, 2009

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – Over-the-counter derivatives should go through central clearing and trade on regulated exchanges as much as possible, according to a paper prepared for release by the chairmen of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services and Agriculture committees. The paper, obtained by Reuters, is to be unveiled Thursday and is intended as a guide for legislation to be written after Congress returns from its August recess.

LME, ICE say no plans to detail non-commercial positions

By Reuters Staff
July 29, 2009

By Pratima Desai
LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – The London Metal Exchange and Intercontinental Exchange said on Wednesday they had no plans to publish details on speculative positions on their contracts, despite controversy about some recent holdings at LME.

U.S. CFTC supports some limit exemptions – Gensler

By Reuters Staff
July 29, 2009

CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler (file photo)By Ayesha Rascoe and Christopher Doering
WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler said Wednesday he supports exemptions from tough new investor limits for bona fide hedgers but he is concerned about allowances for those managing financial risk.