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  • EU to Call for Commodity Derivatives Curbs Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 5:54 AM ET
    Wheat field

    Top European Union officials will on Wednesday call for curbs on derivatives markets and greater use of trade policy to reduce volatility in commodity prices and improve the bloc’s access to key raw materials.

  • Our CDS Page ... New and Improved! Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011 | 1:34 PM ET

    Previously, when I gushed about the page before, the section only listed the CDS prices for the PIIGS. Now we've added a whole bunch more.

  • How to Profit From Snowstorms Wednesday, 19 Jan 2011 | 12:49 PM ET

    Another big snowstorm is predicted for the Northeast this week, so can you profit from it? The answer is yes, according to Jeff Hodgson, president of Chicago Weather Brokerage, part of the CME Group.

  • Derivatives Reforms: Breaking Another Market Monday, 13 Dec 2010 | 5:03 PM ET

    It's time to wonder if the decades long war by the government that has allegedly been waged in favor of making financial products and services more competitive might have been a mistake.

  • Bank of America flag

    U.S. Bank, the largest subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp, will acquire the U.S. and European securitization trust administration businesses of Bank of America, the company announced Monday.

  • Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway reports a 35.6 percent surge in operating profits for its third quarter, with "major contributor" Burlington Northern getting a lot of the credit.  That's similar to the company's second quarter, when Burlington was also cited as a "major contributor" to that period's 73 percent earnings jump.

  • Look for gains when Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway reports third quarter earnings after the bell rings on today's (Friday) Wall Street trading session.

  • U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)

    The hard fought battle last summer over derivatives regulation reform may be about to be replayed—but this time one of the strongest proponents of stricter legislation will be absent on the field of battle.

  • Ambition to Build China’s Futures Sunday, 31 Oct 2010 | 3:08 AM ET
    CHina Stocks

    China’s commodities exchanges do not yet play a global role and they are limited by laws banning foreign participation as well as China’s renminbi capital controls. The FT reports.

  • Foreign Banks Under Fire in South Korea Friday, 29 Oct 2010 | 12:03 AM ET

    Hundreds of South Korea’s small and midsized exporters have threatened to boycott a number of significant foreign-owned banks after they suffered heavy losses from currency derivative investments. The FT reports.

  • Will The CFTC Kill The End User Exemption? Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 5:19 PM ET
    NYSE trader

    When Capitol Hill set out to force derivatives onto exchanges, lawmakers carved out a broad exemption for so-called "end users" — non-financial companies seeking to hedge their exposure to fluctuations in currencies, commitments and interest rates. An ambiguity in the Dodd-Frank financial reforms, however, threatens to undermine the end-user exemption

  • New York Stock Exchange trader

    We were curious about how market participants would react to our idea that requiring swaps to trade through exchanges would invite dreaded high frequency traders into the market.

  • Geithner Needs 'Reality TV Show': Bernie Marcus Friday, 17 Sep 2010 | 10:39 AM ET

    In a scathing criticism of the Obama administration, Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus told CNBC Friday that Treasury Secretary Geithner should have a reality-TV show about small business, because it would illustrate how out of touch the Obama administration is with the private sector.

  • EU Derivatives Curbs Protect Big Banks: Risk Adviser Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 5:27 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    The European Union's proposals to revamp the derivatives sector are actually likely to benefit the banks that are already too big to fail, risk consultant Satyajit Das told CNBC Thursday.

  • Seven Major Players in High-Frequency Trading Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | 4:49 PM ET

    These hotshots aren't household names. Until recently, they've shunned the limelight.

  • Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway reports a 72.7 percent increase in its second quarter operating earnings to $3.07 billion, with "major contributor" Burlington Northern Santa Fe adding $603 million during the period.  But unrealized losses on derivatives contracts helped bring Berkshire's net earnings down by 40 percent.

  • Portugal Sets Aside Cash Against Derivatives Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | 3:36 AM ET
    Portugal

    Portugal has become the first euro-zone country to agree to set aside cash – or other assets – against derivative transactions in a decision intended to reduce its funding costs.

  • Geithner on FinReg: No More Lehmans! Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 1:13 PM ET

    Plus, get the Treasury secretary's thoughts on derivatives, the economy, Fannie and Freddie and more.

  • Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, along with other companies in similar circumstances, won't have to put up any collateral for existing derivatives contracts, according to a letter written by two of the key FinReg lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

  • Goldman Sachs' Credibility in Question: FCIC Chairman Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 5:11 PM ET

    Goldman Sachs' testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Thursday spurred skepticism and frustration among commission members when the investment bank claimed it does not break out revenue and profits from derivatives exposure, Phil Angelides, chairman of the commission, told CNBC Thursday after the hearing.