Tucked away in the early days of the financial crisis, the auction rate securities (ARS) debacle has been largely relegated to the dim recesses of memory. However, investors and advisers should not downplay its significance.
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LCH says it has not seen a shift in euro-denominated clearing to the Continent, despite predictions the move would occur after Brexit. But EuroCCP CEO Cecile Nagel says, "The direction of travel is clear: There is going to be ongoing effort to drive more activity into Continental Europe." The Trade (UK) (20 Feb.)
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority is increasing surveillance of whether financial institutions are ready to deal with risk posed by climate change by stress-testing climate resilience. Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of Australia is trying to understand the "full dimensionality" of the economic impact from climate change. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (20 Feb.)
A study by Capco shows banks, custodians and buy-side firms need to find $97 billion in untapped assets to comply with EU and US regulatory requirements. These requirements have increased in recent years, and "while firms still need to focus on efficiencies and optimization, they will also need to tap previously neglected or unrecognized pools of collateral," Capco partner James Arnett says. The Trade (UK) (20 Feb.)
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