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Securities Derivatives

  • ISDA clears the air on derivatives

    Robert Pickel, CEO, International Swaps and Derivatives Association says despite the bad reputation that derivatives have been left with following the 2008 global financial crisis, most of the instruments used are safe.

  • In the 1990s, U.S. banks used life insurance to bet that their employees would eventually die. Now those wagers are coming back to haunt Wall Street banks.

  • SGX: More currency & equity futures in the pipeline

    Magnus Bocker, CEO of the Singapore Exchange shares the company's plans going forward and talks about the IPO slowdown in the region.

  • EU antitrust regulators announced that 13 of the largest banks had violated EU antitrust regulations in connection with their credit derivatives businesses.

  •  Did Italy Cook the Books?

    Nicholas Spiro, managing director at Spiro Sovereign Strategy, tells CNBC that there are serious allegations being made about the state of Italy's finances.

  • Warren Buffett called derivatives “financial weapons of mass destruction”

    Warren Buffett famously referred to derivatives as "financial weapons of mass destruction," but unless we accept that residential mortgages are too, the phrase glorifies them into something they are not.

  • The top U.S. derivatives regulator won a legal victory over Bloomberg LP late on Friday when a court dismissed a case the data vendor had filed that claimed a new rule on trading swaps would hurt its business.

  • CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton

    CFTC's Bart Chilton notes that financial technology is a lot like automobile traffic...you need laws to keep things from running amok.

  • The Difficulties of Regulating Derivatives Markets

    Robert Pickel, CEO of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, delves into the complexities of setting global standards for the derivatives market.

  • The ballooning banks' bottom lines - some thing the first quarter will be the best ever - could embolden lawmakers and regulators who want to overhaul the banking system. NYT reports.

  • SGX: Cautious Despite Best Quarter in 5 Years

    Muthukrishnan Ramaswami, President of the Singapore Exchange says securities and derivatives trading lifted Q3 earnings and he sees room for improvement in the bourse's primary activity. He sounds a cautious note on guidance.

  • Clever finance critters are fleeing from swaps to futures, escaping the new regulatory regime that was a center-piece of Dodd-Frank.

  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will form a joint venture for securitizing home loans that could end up replacing the two government-controlled mortgage finance giants.

  • Pedestrians pass 30 South Colonnade, centre, where the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, was set daily.

    Was Libor the risk-free rate of interest or the cost of borrowing? Apparently the derivatives market believed one thing and lenders believed another.

  • A financial trading tax (FTT) planned by a group of euro zone nations could leave major banks, its main target, relatively unscathed while less nimble smaller trading houses, pension funds and asset managers bear the brunt.

  • Clearing Houses As Guards Against Risk

    Ian Axe, CEO, LCH.Clearnet explains the role of clearing houses amid growing regulation in the financial sector. He says they are like insurance companies for exchanges with regards to their trades and financial products.

  • The Expansion of Asia's Derivatives Market

    Magnus Bocker, CEO, Singapore Exchange says Olam, like most Singaporean companies, has maintained a clean track record when it comes to the SGX's disclosure rules.

  • Aussie Jumps, Euro Lifts, Korea Cuts

    The Greek drama plays on and the Brazilian real crosses a line — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Libor Reform

    Robert Pickel, CEO, International Swaps and Derivatives Association says that Libor reforms must be slow and deliberate as it effects many existing swap contracts.

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    Thought August was quiet in the market? You were right, and volumes figures prove it.