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John Lothian Newsletter: EU watchdog backs more competition in derivatives clearing; Derivative investors doubt benefits of LSE-Deutsche Börse tie-up; Oystacher Says Speed Chess, Not Spoofing, Is Behind His Trades John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Counter (party) intuitive Steven Strange, Compliance Product Manager, Fidessa Once upon a time, a good credit rating was sufficient to establish a counterparty’s fitness as a trading partner. Counterparties were managed via simple ‘do not trade’ lists delivered to traders at the start of the day, and traders honoured these by hand, or using basic software and home-grown tools. Times, of course, have changed drastically. Regulators now expect firms to aggregate their counterparty exposure across asset classes, and include a myriad of additional holdings where the counterparty is in any way affiliated. ‘Do not trade’ lists are monitored…

Post-Trade Views: Euronext’s Andrew Simpson on Interoperability and Open Access Interview,Regulation,Video

When the G-20’s finance ministers met in Pittsburgh five years ago, a global consensus was reached on the principles for regulatory reform. Prominent among their concerns was a lack of transparency in OTC derivatives. The Pittsburgh statement set out four priorities – execution transparency, mandatory clearing, data storage and accessibility, and heightened capital buffers: “All standardized OTC derivative contracts should be traded on exchanges or electronic trading platforms, where appropriate, and cleared through central counterparties by end-2012 at the latest. OTC derivative contracts should be reported to trade repositories. Non-centrally cleared contracts should be subject to higher capital requirements.” While…