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S&P Under Investigation by European Commission for Pricing of ISINs

All eyes will be on the European Commission as it investigates Standard & Poor’s pricing practices concerning International Securities Identification Numbers (ISINs). The EC launched its inquiry this month, and many will see the outcome as a precedent for numbering agencies’ future ability to charge consumers and redistributors for the identification codes it administers. The…

IBM Data Governance Council Promotes XBRL for Risk Measurement Reporting Standards

Originally appeared in MiFID Monitor In order to tackle the inconsistency in the measurement of aggregate risk in the market the IBM Data Governance Council is seeking responses from market participants to its recent proposals for risk measurement reporting standards. The group, which was set up three years ago by IBM and comprises 50 financial…

Finra’s Goldschmid Calls for Major Changes at SEC, Including Merger with CFTC

Originally appeared in MiFID Monitor Harvey Goldschmid, a member of the board of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra) and former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) commissioner, has called for wide ranging changes to the regulatory body, including a merger with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). He discussed the matter at a recent conference…

Exchange Operators Call for CDS Clearing to Become Mandatory

The contenders in the clearing counterparty (CCP) race have indicated that they wish for credit default swap (CDS) clearing to be made mandatory. Testifying before the US Congress, the four exchange operators involved in the CCP space, IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group, NYSE Euronext’s Liffe and the Eurex derivative division of Deutsche…

Thomson Reuters Signs Agreement to Purchase GRC Vendor Paisley

Originally appeared in MiFID Monitor Thomson Reuters has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Paisley, a US-based software provider of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions. According to the financial information giant, once the deal has received the required regulatory approvals, Paisley will become part of its Tax & Accounting business. Paisley’s solutions are focused…

CFTC’s Lukken Calls for Three New Regulatory Agencies to Replace SEC and CFTC

Originally appeared in MiFID Monitor Following the debate about regulatory scrutiny of the credit derivatives space that has been ongoing over the last few months, Walter Lukken, acting chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), has now indicated that he wants his own regulatory body and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to be…

US Associations’ Tarp Survey Indicates Industry in Need of Price Transparency Guidelines

Originally appeared in MiFID Monitor The industry needs more information about how the implementation of the US Troubled Asset Relief Program (Tarp) could be most effective, particularly in the areas of price transparency, according to a survey by five industry associations. The survey, which was sent to members of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets…

McCreevy Calls for Clear Roadmap to Establish CDS Clearing Counterparties Before Year-End

Originally appeared in MiFID Monitor European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Charlie McCreevy has called for the industry to establish central clearing counterparties for the credit derivatives markets before the end of the year. During the first meeting of the European Commission’s working group on derivatives, McCreevy stressed the urgency for more transparency in…

US SEC Eases Registration Requirements for CDS Clearing Counterparties

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has indicated that it will ease the registration requirements for the contenders in the race to establish a central clearing counterparty for the credit default swap (CDS) market. According to market reports, the regulator is aiming to expedite the creation of clearing counterparties and standardise the criteria to…

SEC’s Cox Calls for Merger of CFTC and SEC

Originally appeared in MiFID Monitor The credit derivatives regulatory turf war that has been ongoing for the last couple of months may soon be over if the proposal by the chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a merger between the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is approved. Christopher…