Ron Rimkus, CFA, is Director of Economics & Alternative Assets at CFA Institute, where he writes about economics, monetary policy, currencies, global macro, behavioral finance, fixed income and alternative investments, such as gold and bitcoin (among other things). Previously, he served as SVP and Director of Large-cap Equity Products for BB&T Asset Management, where he led a team of research analysts, 300 regional portfolio managers, client service specialists, and marketing staff. He also served as a Senior Vice President and Lead Portfolio Manager of large-cap equity products at Mesirow Financial. Rimkus earned a BA degree in economics from Brown University and his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Topical Expertise:Alternative Investments · Economics
Central counterparties need to work on implementing effective resolution regimes, and "authorities must take steps to ensure that CCPs do not themselves become a source of systemic risk," according to a Financial Stability Board discussion paper. The paper is open for comment until Feb. 1. Futures & Options World (subscription required) (15 Nov.)
UK Prime Minister Theresa May says that despite the resignation of two Cabinet ministers and vocal opposition from her party to a draft Brexit agreement, she is determined to "see this through." A change in course on Brexit would subject the country to "deep and grave uncertainty," she says. Politico (15 Nov.)
Libor is likely to be discontinued, and other benchmarks are available, but Libor alternatives aren't being written into financial contracts. Banks say there is too much uncertainty to reference alternative benchmarks, despite regulators' frustration the process is moving slowly. Practice Insight (15 Nov.)
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