Jim Allen, CFA, head of Americas capital markets policy at CFA Institute, and Eric Boess, CFA, director and global head of derivatives at RCM Allianz Global Investors, discuss the impact of derivatives reform on global derivatives trading.
Of the shift fromover-the-counter (OTC) derivatives trades onto exchange-like structures, “The general idea to make markets more transparent and hence more stable is absolutely right. The problem is how you do it, and what you achieve on the way there might not be exactly only positive.”
Northern Trust's FlexShares has brought to the New York Stock Exchange three exchange-traded funds aimed at delivering low volatility. The FlexShares US Quality Low Volatility Index Fund, the FlexShares Developed Markets ex-US Quality Low Volatility Index Fund and the FlexShares Emerging Markets Quality Low Volatility Index Fund buy stocks of companies that have been screened for high cash flow, management quality and profitability. ETF (17 Jul.)
Canadian, European and Japanese banking groups have criticized a proposal by the Federal Reserve to impose liquidity standards on foreign banks' US branches. The groups say "all capital and liquidity would become ring-fenced and fragmented along geographic lines" if other jurisdictions were to follow suit. MLex (subscription required) (17 Jul.)
Enforcement by national financial regulators varies significantly among EU states. Practice Insight reviews practices in four major jurisdictions: France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. Practice Insight (17 Jul.)
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