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SEC’s Ratings Roundtable Agrees to Change Fee Structures for Ratings Agencies

This week’s long awaited Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) roundtable on the future of the ratings agencies threw up very few surprises. The regulator’s chairman Mary Schapiro confirmed that the agency is planning to change the way that ratings agencies are paid to minimise the potential of conflicts of interest and roundtable participants agreed there…

ICE Trust Claims Clearance of US$71 Billion in First Four Weeks

Following its launch on 9 March, IntercontinentalExchange’s clearing counterparty (CCP) for the credit default swap (CDS) market, ICE Trust, has cleared US$71 billion of CDS index contracts, says Dirk Pruis, president and chief operating officer of the CCP. ICE Trust was the first CCP to clear CDS transactions in the US market, as it gained…

Fitch Ratings and S&P to Consider Counterparty Risk Measurement Changes

Ahead of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) roundtable on the 15 April, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings have both indicated that they are considering changes to the way they assess counterparty risks for certain structured products. The SEC is due to scrutinise the practices of the ratings agencies later this month and is…

FASB to Vote on Controversial Fair Value Proposals on 2 April

Following the heavy criticism that has been levelled at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) for its failure to act on issues with fair value accounting standards, the industry body has indicated that it is now preparing for the final vote on its proposals, which were announced on 16 March. The FASB will be carrying…

CESR to Get New Regulatory Powers Over Credit Ratings Agencies, SEC Plans Roundtable on Subject

Somebody should have told the credit ratings agencies to beware the ides of March. Regulators from both sides of the Atlantic have been scrutinising the ratings community this month: the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is gearing up for its roundtable discussion on the subject on 15 April and there are ongoing discussions within the…

ICE US Trust is First CCP to Clear CDS Trades in US Market

Following its approval two weeks ago by the regulatory powers that be, IntercontinentalExchange’s ICE US Trust has become the first clearing central counterparty (CCP) to clear credit default swap (CDS) transactions in the US market. According to ICE, it pipped rival CME Group to the post by guaranteeing 91 swaps transactions valued at US$7.1 billion…

Risk and Regulation has Absolutely Raised the Profile of Data Management, Says BarCap’s Nigam

It’s all very well reading reports about the raised profile of risk management and its importance to the data management endeavour from a high level perspective, but how is this trend actually impacting the day to day lives of data management professionals? In an exclusive interview with Reference Data Review, Rakesh Nigam, managing director and…

Data’s day in the sun

If nothing else, this month’s TSAM conference demonstrated that regulators are going to play an even more important role in data management than ever before. As Mike Atkin, managing director of the EDM Council, told delegates, the regulatory community is now actively taking an interest in how to encourage greater standards adoption in the area…

CME Group Receives Regulatory Exemption from SEC to Launch CDS CCP in US

Following the approval and launch of IntercontinentalExchange’s (ICE) ICE Trust last week, CME Group has now announced that it has also been granted permission to operate as a clearing house and central counterparty (CCP) for credit default swap (CDS) transactions in the US. The derivatives exchange operator has received a special exemption from the Securities…

ISDA Introduces New Rules for CDSs, Pickel Testifies Before US Senate Committee, ICE Trust Launches

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has this week introduced new rules governing the market’s dealings with credit default swaps (CDS). Robert Pickel, executive director and CEO of ISDA explained the changes in a testimony before the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs earlier this week. The new rules cover the…