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  • Ghosts of go-go '90s resurface, haunt Wall Street Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 8:21 AM ET

    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.

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

  • Europe's Odd Antitrust Case Against the Banks Monday, 1 Jul 2013 | 1:29 PM ET

    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?     Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 3:30 AM ET

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

  • Why Bank Derivative Trades Aren’t So Risky Thursday, 13 Jun 2013 | 4:35 AM ET
    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.

  • Bloomberg Suit Against Swaps Regulator Dismissed Saturday, 8 Jun 2013 | 12:29 PM ET

    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.

  • The Hack Attacks and the Markets Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 1:47 PM ET
    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.

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

  • Big Bank Profits Tempt a Push for Tougher Rules Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 11:32 AM ET

    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     Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 | 7:20 PM ET

    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.

  • Uh Oh: The Attempt to Regulate Swaps Is Failing Saturday, 6 Apr 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    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.

  • What Was Libor: An Investigation Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 1:01 PM ET

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

  • Large Banks Seen Dodging EU Financial Tax Bullet Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 | 1:35 AM ET

    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     Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 | 7:20 PM ET

    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.

  • Olam's SGX Disclosure Record is Clean: CEO     Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 7:10 PM ET

    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.

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

  • Libor Reform     Sunday, 21 Oct 2012 | 7:40 PM ET

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

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

  • After the unveiling of Libor rate-rigging practices among banks, eyes are turning to other markets, worrying that the manipulation would not be limited to Libor rates, the New York Times reports.