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UK FSA Gives NYSE Liffe Green Light to Launch European CCP in July

The UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) has granted NYSE Liffe approval to launch a new central clearing counterparty (CCP) for its London derivatives market. The CCP, which will be dubbed Nyse Liffe Clearing, is due to begin operations on 27 July 2009, subject to a period of review by members of its proposed documentation. The…

Thunderhead Updates Customer Communications Platform with Two New Modules

Document management system vendor Thunderhead has released an updated version of its customer communications platform, Thunderhead Now. Version 5.0 of the solution features two new modules: Contribute Now for the updating of content by non-technical users; and Analyse Now, which includes a set of new analytical tools. Glen Manchester, CEO of the vendor, explains that…

NewRiver Releases Summary Prospectus Index for Tracking on SEC’s Edgar

NewRiver has released a new tool that tracks all summary prospectus filings on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Edgar database. Dubbed NewRiver Summary Prospectus Index, the new offering tracks fund families, fund names and the number of filings for both standalone summary prospectuses filed via Form 497K and filings of statutory prospectuses that include…

DTCC Plans to Expand CCP Services and Streamline Netting Process for MBSs

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) is planning to introduce daily trade netting for mortgage backed securities (MBS) transactions to further expand its planned central counterparty services. It hopes to cut the high cost of processing these trades and bring greater risk protection to this traditionally risky market. In a white paper recently published…

ICE Gears up for European CDS CCP Launch in the Coming Months

Following the launch of its North American credit default swap (CDS) clearing operations at the start of March, IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) has indicated that it is planning to launch a European version in the next month or so. The ICE Trust clearing counterparty (CCP) will be used as the model for the new European operations and…

Just in Time: Current Trends in Risk Management Data Supply

By Marc Alvarez, senior director, Reference Data Infrastructure, Interactive Data The global upheaval of the capital markets over the past few years has resulted in a wholesale, industry-wide effort to improve the risk management function. When looked at from the perspective of the data supply chain that services the risk management role, a major shift…

One View on Transparency

By Douglas Long, executive vice president of business strategy at Principia Whether looking at structured finance operations within commercial banks, or the exposure of these portfolios on the wider enterprise, markets or economy, the crisis has demonstrated there is room for improvement for everyone at this time of transition. The current financial crisis has highlighted…

European Parliament and Council Approve Commission’s Ratings Agencies Regulations

The European Parliament and the European Council have both approved the recently proposed regulation on credit ratings agencies, tabled by the European Commission earlier this year. The new regulation will put in place a common regulatory regime for the issuance of credit ratings with a view to restoring market confidence in the sector and increasing…

JSCC and Tokyo Financial Exchange Plan Introduction of IRS and CDS CCP

The Japan Securities Clearing Corporation (JSCC) and the Tokyo Financial Exchange (TFX) have confirmed that they are both planning to introduce clearing for credit derivatives this year, in the form of interest rate swaps (IRSs) and credit default swaps (CDSs). Both parties have been planning the move for around six months and are currently in…

Rigel Capital Rolls Out FundWorks Global’s FundReports6 to Automate Reporting Process

Seattle-based institutional asset management firm Rigel Capital has gone live with FundReports6, FundWorks Global’s enterprise client communications and reporting platform, to meet its institutional reporting requirements. The firm decided to replace its previously manual monthly and quarterly institutional reporting process in order to speed up report production and reduce the risks in the process, says…