Tag Archives: Bloomberg

CFTC Proposal to Change Futures Margin Payments May ‘Kill’ Brokerage Model (Bloomberg)

The CFTC is thinking about extending some of its proposed margin rules for OTC derivatives clearing to the futures market. The part that matters here is if they require FCM’s to segregate margin for each client rather than pooling into one big account. If FCM’s can no longer get (and pass on to their clients)… Read More »

Tullett, Tradition Talks Are Said to Hit Snag Over Price (Bloomberg)

It seems SEF consolidation has already begun, even though SEFs are technically yet to exist.  I think this kind of consolidation is inevitable, and it seems the exchange merger mania will only add fuel to the fire. The new rules will force consolidation among derivatives brokers and “once all is flushed out and done, you’ll… Read More »

Israeli Startup Correlix's Technology Selected for Direct Edge Exchanges (Bloomberg)

I’ve spoken quite a bit about latency metrics and latency transparency in the past few months including conversations with both Corvil and Correlix.  It seems there is a race on between those providers to bring on as many exchanges as possible to enhance the value of their product offering.  Corvil works with Deutsche Borse and… Read More »

Dropping Swaps Plan for Volcker Rule May Not Reduce Bank Risk (Bloomberg)

Some think its too much and some think its too little.  Either way the proposals don’t seem good for the market and its feeling more and more like the resulting rules will push business off shore. The market-making exemption will have little effect on how banks use swaps to place trades betting on the direction… Read More »

Swaps Dealers Prepare Defense as Obama Predicts ‘Big Battle’ (Bloomberg)

The OTC derivative reform debate has clearly moved from one over market structure to one over politics.  Whether one is a Republican or Democrat should have nothing to do with determining the best market structure going forward – but I’m not so naive.  From the story: “Lincoln’s bill has made the situation much more contentious… Read More »

SunGard Unveils Valdi Order System With Global Focus (Bloomberg)

SunGard took its BRASS sell side OMS and combined it with the recently purchased GL Trade to make their new platform, called Valdi.  Sungard will be their toughest competition, with those unwilling to spend the time to swap out their existing system second toughest: “This allows the SunGard platform to give customers quick access to… Read More »

Hedge Funds Face Higher Capital Requirements Under Senate Bill (Bloomberg)

A tightening up of  end user exemptions would have more hedge funds falling under proposed capital requirements and OTC derivative clearing and execution mandates.  This language is up for quite a fight in the Senate still, as the definition of “Major Swap Participant” will have major implications for the financial markets post-reform, but it seems… Read More »

Dodd Swaps Bill May Give Trading Edge to CME, ICE (BusinessWeek)

Since the OTC derivative reform debate began, Washington and Wall Street have argued about whether it makes sense to move certain OTC derivative products onto exchange platforms for execution.  The Dodd bill seems to think this is the way to go, whereas the House Bill has a better grasp on the idea of non-exchange electronic… Read More »