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  • Industry’s quick win on IM raises questions

    Industry’s quick win on IM raises questions

    The derivatives industry had a surprisingly quick win late on Friday when the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) authorised a one-year extension to the final phases of initial margin (IM) regulation.

  • US gives sweet SA-CCR relief

    US gives sweet SA-CCR relief

    US market participants’ can now use their preferred method of calculating counterparty credit risk (CCR) for derivatives, after US regulators brought the adoption of SA-CCR forward.

  • Derivatives industry pushes for IM relief amid uncertainty

    Derivatives industry pushes for IM relief amid uncertainty

    Financial market trade associations are pushing regulators to give relief on incoming regulatory requirements on initial margin, pleading that the coronavirus is causing too much disruption to their members’ business lines.

  • Banks kick off RMB interest rate options trading

    Banks kick off RMB interest rate options trading

    A group of 23 banks and 12 securities houses completed 154 renminbi interest rate option (IRO) transactions worth Rmb12.8bn ($1.81bn) on Monday. The new derivatives product is viewed as a solid step for China’s interest rate reform.

  • SRT market struggles with marks as SMEs, corps face crisis

    SRT market struggles with marks as SMEs, corps face crisis

    The synthetic risk transfer market, where specialist hedge funds write protection on up to €100bn of notional risk per year from banks, is grappling with the impact of the coronavirus on SME and corporate credit. The illiquid bilateral transactions barely trade, but have increasingly been financed through the repo market, giving banks and funds a challenge as they fight over where the positions should be marked.

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