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ICE US Trust Receives Regulatory Approval from Fed, Interdealer Brokers Get Annoyed, Eurex Declares Out of US

Following the announcement of its European ambitions in February, IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) has indicated that it has finally received regulatory approval from the board of governors of the Federal Reserve for ICE US Trust to act as a clearing house and central counterparty (CCP) for credit default swap (CDS) transactions in the US. The exchange operator…

Regulatory Compulsion is on the Cards and ECB is Looking at Data Semantics Repository, Says Atkin at TSAM 2009

The Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council has been involved in a “whirlwind” of meetings with regulators over recent months to further the cause of data management, said EDM Council managing director, Mike Atkin, at TSAM 2009 this week. The European Central Bank (ECB) in particular is looking at the area of data semantics adoption in…

New York Federal Reserve Poaches Citi’s Bottega as Chief Data Officer for its Markets Division

John Bottega’s no show at last year’s FIMA London event was noted by many and there was much speculation at the event that he was soon to leave his post as chief data officer for Citi’s Institutional Client Group. Reference Data Review can now indeed confirm that Bottega has moved onto pastures new: he has…

Fed’s Bernanke Champions Mark to Market But Says Illiquid Securities Issue Needs Resolution

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke has added his voice to the debate about mark to market accounting rules this week. Bernanke is in favour of the controversial accounting rules, which require companies to write down assets every quarter to reflect market value, but cautions that regulators urgently need to deal with the issues surrounding the…

US and European Regulators Pledge to Work Together for CDS CCP Oversight

Last week potentially saw the beginning of the end of the row concerning the regulation of the credit default swap (CDS) central clearing counterparty (CCP) market with an announcement from the regulatory community that it is discussing cooperation and information sharing arrangements. During a meeting hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, regulators…

American Bankers Association Concerned FASB is Ignoring Underlying Issues with Mark to Market

Following the announcement by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) earlier in the month that it would be revisiting mark to market accounting standards, the American Bankers Association (ABA) has spoken up about some concerns it has about the FASB approach. The association feels that issues underlying the controversial accounting rules are not being taken…

OCC is Selected as New Options Symbology System Operator

Following the furore surrounding the establishment of an alternative standard to the Options Price Reporting Authority (Opra) code last year, industry participants have finally selected a suitable candidate to operate the new symbology allocation system. There were ongoing discussions throughout 2008 about the lack of agreement on the basics surrounding the introduction of a new…

SEC and FASB Work Towards Mark to Market Guidelines

Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the US mark to market accounting rules over recent months, legislators have thus far refused to give up on them. Last week, the chairman of the US Senate Banking Committee, Christopher Dodd, confirmed that the rules would be modified but the underlying standards would remain in place. The rules have…

NYSE Euronext and Eurex Indicate Concern Over Derivatives Regulation, CDS CCP Debate Continues

Two of the contenders in the credit default swap (CDS) clearing counterparty (CCP) race, NYSE Euronext and Eurex, have expressed their concern about a draft bill in the US aimed at expanding derivatives regulation. The firms are worried that the regulation, which would require mandatory clearing of most OTC products, would have the unintended consequence…

Valuations and Risk Management Feature Prominently in PWG’s Best Practices

Originally appeared in MiFID Monitor Areas such as valuations, disclosure, risk management, business operations, compliance and conflicts of interest are highlighted as critical areas for the adoption of best practices, according to the two private sector committees tasked with establishing best practices for the fund management industry. The committees, which were established in September 2007…