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March 6, 2014

Weekly Roundup | US & International Regulation | 6 March 2014

US Regulation

US Banks Fear Competitive Impact of Higher Leverage Ratio

US regulators have pledged to adopt the new Basel leverage ratio, but with higher minimums, sparking concerns that US banks will find it harder to compete in repo and other businesses. Lukas Becker reports. Risk: US Banks Fear Competitive Impact of Higher Leverage Ratio.

 

'A Terrible Disappointment' – IASB Fumes as US Rejects Common Approach

Hoogervorst says work on classification and measurement "has been done for nothing". Risk: 'A Terrible Disappointment' – IASB Fumes as US Rejects Common Approach.

 

Obama Said to Trim Budget Request for Struggling Swaps Regulator

President Barack Obama is set to seek a $280 million budget for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission that, while more than the commission currently gets, is lower than his previous request for an agency that has said it lacks the resources to fully oversee markets, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg: Obama Said to Trim Budget Request for Struggling Swaps Regulator.

 

U.S. Treasury’s Miller Urges More Transparency in Swaps Markets

U.S. regulators will focus this year on improving transparency in derivatives markets and continue to analyze whether asset-management firms pose a potential risk to economic stability, the U.S. Treasury Department’s top domestic-finance official said. Bloomberg: U.S. Treasury’s Miller Urges More Transparency in Swaps Markets.

 

International Regulation

The EU ‘Volcker Rule’ – Hedging and Enforcement

The US and EU versions of the Volcker Rule take very different approaches to defining and regulating proprietary trading. What do firms need to know about the regulations’ different treatments of hedging and enforcement? Tabb Forum: The EU ‘Volcker Rule’ – Hedging and Enforcement.

 

Hopes Grow that US CCPs Will Get Green Light from EC

Market participants detect new mood on cross-border issues: "The two clearing regimes aren't really compatible, but neither side wants to start a shooting war". Risk: Hopes Grow that US CCPs Will Get Green Light from EC.

 

Hidden Cost of Compliance

Financial Crisis have made the regulator active like never before and resulting in more and more upcoming regulations. Finextra: Hidden Cost of Compliance.

 

Transforming Capital Markets: Winners and Losers

In part four of his series, Tim Dodd of SunGard’s capital markets business explores who will be the winners and losers in the evolving capital markets space and the new opportunities financial regulation presents. DerivSource: Transforming Capital Markets: Winners and Losers.

 

CFTC-EC Sef Accord 'Will Not Solve Liquidity Split'

Platforms say divide between US persons and non-US persons will remain. Risk: CFTC-EC Sef Accord 'Will Not Solve Liquidity Split'.

 

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