Category Archives: Commentary

What is Market Structure, And Why You Should Care

If you work in institutional finance you’ve heard talk of market structure. Not only are there entire conferences dedicated to the topic, but most of the participants at those conferences— banks, asset managers, researchers—send their heads of market structure to speak. Commonly used in economics to describe the interconnectedness of and interaction between the buyers… Read More »

SEF volumes died last week – so when and where will they return?

Turned out the first week of mandatory SEF trading was a Big Bang, just in the wrong direction.  Reported SEF volumes for interest rate swaps fell off a cliff for the week of February 17th, dropping 64% (revised down slightly as new data became available) from the 2014 weekly average SEF traded volume (thanks as… Read More »

SEF Day 1: A Big Deal but Not a Big Bang

Tuesday February 18th is certainly a big deal.  Requiring swaps to trade on registered platforms was one of the primary tenets of derivatives reform since shortly after the Lehman bankruptcy, and finally the day has arrived.  This is the first regulatory driven change since 2008 that will deeply impact the way sell side and buy… Read More »

Greenwich Associate’s Market Structure Trends to Watch in 2014

The year 2013 will likely go down as the year of mandatory clearing. Once ignored by eager financial market professionals as boring back-office stuff, collateral management, credit limits and all other things clearing stood front and center in 2013 as swaps went from a 10-day clearing cycle to a 10-second clearing cycle. Given the progress… Read More »

Impartial Access: The CFTC Isn’t Messing Around This Time

The CFTC issued a slew of new guidance and rules last week, two of them particularly interesting and impactful.  First was the rule that requires clearinghouses to have credit facilities available to back up all margin posted in US Treasuries.  I (and pretty much every one else in the market) think this is ridiculous.  If… Read More »