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Dodd-Frank puts swap execution facilities in the firing line

January 2, 2013

Swap execution facilities are supposed to be central to the efforts of the Dodd-Frank Act to make the derivatives industry safer, but delayed rule-making has thrown their very existence into doubt.

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New risk regime drives credit derivatives business

August 1, 2012

Blamed for magnifying the effects of the financial crisis, credit derivatives may be given a boost by the post-crisis regulatory changes.

Solvency II prompts rethink on structuring investments

July 2, 2012

There is still no clarity about the final shape of Solvency II regulations for insurers, but investment banks are already considering ways to help insurance clients earn the returns they need without excessive capital charges.

Investors look to capitalise on equity market uncertainty

July 2, 2012

As equity markets look set to stagnate for some time, investors want to know not just how to hedge volatility, but how to profit from it.

Banks look to extend the derivatives chain

July 2, 2012

The advent of Basel III and funding constraints in the eurozone have prompted investment banks to make greater efforts to transfer the exotic risks generated from their derivatives structuring businesses.

Collateral becomes a competitive edge

July 2, 2012

Derivatives collateral management used to be a purely operational matter, but post-crisis regulation and sovereign downgrades have made it into a strategic priority for every bank.

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Battlelines are drawn in the fight for Latam's HNWIs

May 1, 2012

Many of Latin America's high-net-worth individuals are repatriating their funds and an increasing number of foreign investors are targeting the region, thanks to its rapidly expanding economy. With such demand for local product providers, domestic firms are finding themselves having to pit their specialist knowledge against the international reach of large foreign banks, making competition tough.

Islamic stability provides solid structures

Islamic stability provides solid structures

May 1, 2012

An increasing number of financial institutions from international banks to local specialist players are developing sharia-compliant structured products, offering investors limited downside risk and high returns. But as the uptake for such products increases, so does the pressure of ensuring that they are 100% sharia-friendly.

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Regulatory focus moves towards ETFs

November 4, 2011

As regulators have scrutinised structured products over the past few years, exchange-traded funds have managed to stay under the radar. However, with the G-20’s Financial Stability Board raising concerns about ETFs, this situation looks set to change.

Are commodity currencies coming off the boil?

Regulations prompt FX and OTC rethink

October 3, 2011

New regulations, specifically the push towards central counterparty clearing, are having a huge impact on banks' over-the-counter foreign exchange operations. As the banking sector undergoes significant changes, what will this mean for banks' organisational structures and the foreign exchange market?

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