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20 Feb
2014

Fed locks down capital standards: how will Europe respond?

JWG analysis. The Fed made some concessions in timing and scope, but pressed ahead with measures to insulate the US financial sector from future bailouts earlier this week.  The news stoked fears that European regulators may look to reciprocate, triggering a race to the highest common denominator when it comes to determining capital buffers, and potentially Read More

12 Feb
2014

Trade data: seeing through the smoothie

JWG analysis. When G20 leaders met in Pittsburgh back in September 2009, there was clear consensus on the direction that the financial industry needed to take in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.  Transparency was a key theme. The view was that, by mandating industry-wide reporting obligations for OTC derivatives, regulators would be armed Read More

29 Jan
2014

9 days ’til EMIR reporting go-live: where are you now?

  • 29th January 2014
  • RegTechFS

JWG analysis. With 9 working days to go before compulsory reporting of derivatives trades becomes a daily reality, firms are in the final phases of implementing their individual solutions.  These differ from firm-to-firm, for example some are planning to report in real-time (as in the US), while others plan to report later within the T+1 Read More

10 Jan
2014

Make not break: 2014 looks set to legitimise Bitcoin as an investment

2013 was a huge year in the development of alternate and decentralised ‘crypto-currencies’.  Some countries have so far taken relaxed stances on them, despite obvious money-laundering and tax evasion risks.  Meanwhile, others have taken the opposite approach and seen fit to ban crypto-currencies outright.  Either way, we are now beginning to see a clearer picture Read More

11 Dec
2013

Banks spared prop trading ‘apocalypse’ … for now

  • 11th December 2013
  • RegTechFS

Today, a final version of the long-awaited Volcker Rule has been published by the five US agencies involved in its drafting.  The rule as finalised is something of a victory for banks owing to multiple broad exemptions and an extension of the timeline.  However, there are many questions still outstanding, and implementation will be a Read More

03 Dec
2013

Moving the goalposts: How does the CFTC’s recent announcement change the game for non-US swaps businesses?

The OTC trading space is being kept on its toes by the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC); recent developments mean that more market participants worldwide are in scope of US derivatives rules than ever before.  In our previous piece, JWG analysed the CFTC’s rules on who is a ‘US person’ for their purposes, and Read More

04 Nov
2013

The regulatory almanac: The top ten regulatory events of 2013

  • 4th November 2013
  • RegTechFS

With no fewer than 70,000 pages of regulation, and some record fines, 2013 will be a year to remember (or possibly to forget) for many financial services professional.  And with only four weeks to go until December, and some well-earned rest, we thought it was time for a little retrospection.  With that in mind, here, Read More