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Trade Group Calls for More Resilience and Transparency of Clearinghouses

By Andrew Ackerman and Katy Burne
November 25, 2014, The Wall Street Journal

A Wall Street trade group is pressing regulators to boost the resilience and transparency of clearinghouses, which constitute a key safety net for the financial system.

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association said firms likeCME Group Inc., LCH Clearnet Group Ltd. and other clearinghouse operators must take steps to reveal more about their business risks and set aside more cash reserves.

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End Users Face Swap Margin Requirements

November 11, 2014, Markets Media

The issue of margin for non-cleared derivatives is a contentious one for swap-market participants.

Although hedge funds are generally subject to both initial and variation margin, non-financial end users are faced with the prospect of having to post margin for the first time.

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Hedge Fund, Investor Groups Hammer Swaps ‘Stays’

By Andrew Ackerman
November 4, 2014 The Wall Street Journal

Hedge funds, insurers and other companies said global regulators shouldn’t implement new rules aimed at protecting the financial system against the failure of big banks.

At issue are changes endorsed by global banking regulators that would require banks and investors to give up their contractual rights to terminate swaps contracts with a troubled financial institution.

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CDS Notional, Rates Trading Continues to Slide

By Beth Shah
November 3, 2014 GlobalCapital

Overall credit default swap notional that was reported to swap data repositories last week decreased by 21% from the previous week, according to data from the International Swaps and Derivatives Association. Overall interest rate derivatives trading that was reported, also saw a decrease of 17% from the previous week.

ISDA reported that there was a 23% decrease in notional cleared for CDS, and 26% less executed on swap execution facilities, compared with the previous week. Rates saw a smaller decline with 13% less volume cleared, but only 8% less executed on SEFs last week.

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Asset Managers Eye Basis Between Old and New Derivative Docs

By Hazel Sheffield
October 24, 2014 GlobalCapital

Asset managers are watching the basis, or the differential in spreads between derivative contracts based on 2003 International Swaps and Derivative Association documentation and the new 2014 documentation, to look for any opportunities for arbitrage on financial names.

“We’re watching this space,” Michael Hünseler, head of credit portfolio management at Assenagon in Munich, which has assets under management of €11.3bn, told. “We would agree that from an investors’ perspective probably the best way is to sell 2003 documentation CDS, but these are already trading much lower than the bond. It looks like the perfect negative basis but it effectively you buy a bond without sufficient protection so it doesn’t hold as a basis trade.”

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Pact Raises Caution Flag on Swaps

By Rick Baert
October 27, 2014 Pension&Investments

Asset owners that use swaps could ultimately face losses and added risk as a result of an agreement among 18 major global banks.

The Oct. 11 agreement to a protocol introduced by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association allows the banks to delay the wind-down of swaps when one of the parties is in financial stress. It will apply to new and existing cross-border agreements among the 18 banks, which together have more than 90% of outstanding notional derivatives worldwide

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CDS Notional Marginally Drops Following Six-Week Increase

By Beth Shah
October 20, 2014 GlobalCapital

Overall credit default swap notional that was reported to swap data repositories last week decreased by 4% from the previous week, according to data from the International Swaps and Derivatives Association. This follows six weeks of a consistent uptick in CDS notional, with a combined increase of 160%.

Overall interest rate derivatives trading that was reported, also saw a marginal decrease of 6% from the previous week.

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CDS Notional Spikes Again Following Five-week Uptick

By Hazel Sheffield
October 14, 2014 GlobalCapital

Overall credit default swap notional that was reported to swap data repositories last week spiked by 41% from the previous week, according to data from the International Swaps and Derivatives Association. This follows five weeks of a consistent uptick in CDS notional, with a combined increase of 119%.

Overall interest rate derivatives trading that was reported, also saw an increase of 24% from the previous week.

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Market Agrees Protocol to Slow Close-out of Positions in Failing Banks

By Hazel Sheffield
October 13, 2014 GlobalCapital

A slew of major global banks have agreed to sign a protocol by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association that imposes a stay on cross-default and major termination rights within standard ISDA derivatives contracts if a counterparty defaults.

Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas are among the 18 banks to sign the protocol, which updates the existing ISDA Master Agreement to incorporate contractual stays on cross-default rights that apply in the US bankruptcy code and other close-out regimes. This means that adhering counterparties can opt into certain overseas resolution regimes through the change in their contract.

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Banks Ink Swaps Deal With U.S. Regulators

By Andrew Ackerman
Published October 12, 2014 The Wall Street Journal

The largest lenders in the U.S., Europe and Japan on Saturday agreed to new procedures to help inoculate the global financial system against the failure of giant banks.

Top executives of 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks, meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution.

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