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The Center Ground: CCPs Could Shift—Not Eliminate—Systemic Risk

On July 4, 2012, the Council of the European Union adopted a regulation that will see standardized derivatives contracts in Europe cleared through central counterparties. Designed to reduce systemic risk in the over-the-counter derivatives markets, how...

Waters | Feature | Clearing & Settlement | 01 Aug 2012

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European Council Adopts Derivatives Rules

CCP clearing and trade repository reporting ratified by supranational body.

Sell-Side Technology | Analysis | Clearing & Settlement | 05 Jul 2012


Vendor Relationships: What Lies Beneath

Consensus among buy-side firms is that there can sometimes be a world of difference between expectations and reality when dealing with a vendor. Steve Dew-Jones canvasses opinion on the most important considerations before awarding a technology or service...

Waters | Feature | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 02 Jul 2012


Big Brother Is Watching: Compliance Envelops the Business

As regulatory reform and an enhanced level of scrutiny falls on practices within investment banks, compliance departments are finding themselves increasingly involved with all areas of a business. In this era of a more proactive approach to oversight,...

Waters | Feature | Compliance | 04 Jun 2012


Dark Forces: Off-Exchange Trading on the Rise

A growing percentage of trade volumes is moving off-exchange every year, whether it’s through broker dark pools, internalized on a firm’s own desks, or elsewhere. Along with declining liquidity in equities markets and higher trading costs, the increasing...

Waters | Feature | Exchange Technologies | 03 May 2012

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UK Kay Review Demonstrates Antipathy towards HFT

Respondents also hesitant about liquidity fragmentation.

Buy-Side Technology | Analysis | Algorithmic Trading | 01 Mar 2012


Many Fingers In Many Pies

Diversification is the key for exchange growth, it seems.

Sell-Side Technology | Opinion | Exchange Technologies | 17 Feb 2012


As Industry Group Releases MMT Standards, Participants Question Consolidated Tapes

Industry participants, standards bodies and data vendors last week published version 1.0 of the Market Model Typology (MMT), a framework for standardizing trade flags across Europe as the basis for creating consolidated tapes of pan-European post-trade...

Inside Market Data | News | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 30 Jan 2012


MiFID Forum Awaits ESMA Nod on Standards for Consolidated Tapes

The Real-Time Market Data Subject Group of the MiFID Forum—a working group comprising industry association FISD and standards bodies ISITC Europe, FIX Protocol and TWIST—is awaiting feedback from the European Securities and Markets Authority as to...

Inside Market Data | News | Industry Issues & Initiatives | 05 Dec 2011


Open Platform: A New Post-Trade Era

The implementation of Mifid across the pan-European marketplace promoted competition among trading venues, the natural beneficiaries of which were buy-side and sell-side firms, and ultimately, their end-investors. This increased competition has now percolated...

Waters | Opinion | Clearing & Settlement | 29 Nov 2011

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