“We’ve been working with the regulatory community to layout what we can do at the CME group,” reveals Donohue.
Currently credit default swaps are traded privately with their opaque nature believed to be at the heart of the Wall Street crisis. Putting them on an exchange, such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, should add transparency if only because investors will be able to see how much others are willing to bid.
”We need a higher degree of standardization,” Donohue adds. “Not everything will be standardized but much of it can be… and that will reduce the systemic risk in the markets."
Despite the plan, CME and Citadel may face an uphill struggle. Dealers have been hesitant to support exchange trading in the past because they typically generate more profit from the private nature of the market.
“I have to be honest and tell you that we’ve been trying to offer central counter-party clearing services to over-the-counter market for a couple years,” Donohue adds.
To date CME’s attempts to become the clearinghouse for these securities have not been successful.
But, maybe times are changing.
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