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  • Exploring the impact of regulation and FCM consolidation on liquidity

    Despite the eye-catching title of the discussion – “Is there a liquidity crisis?” – a group of panellists at FIA Expo on Oct. 30 agreed that the industry has witnessed many innovations and market structure changes that have democratised the derivatives markets and introduced new participants over the past 10 years.

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  • CCPs governance and disclosures in focus

    Clearinghouse risk issues took center stage at FIA Expo in Chicago on Oct. 31, with more than 100 spectators in attendance for a civil but contentious discussion about governance and transparency issues.

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  • Facing the challenge of fostering diversity in derivatives

    As with so many other areas of society, the financial industry has recognized the importance of fostering diversity in its workforce. That commitment to diversity was on display again at FIA Expo 2019, with a panel discussion on the efforts underway across the derivatives industry to improve representation of women and minorities at all levels.

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  • Public-private partnership advocated to advance sustainability issues

    At an FIA Expo panel discussion on Oct. 30, a diverse selection of experts offered the public sector, clearing, exchange, and corporate perspectives on sustainability issues. Despite the different backgrounds, all the panelists agreed that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are real and urgent -- and most importantly, will require an ambitious partnership between all parts of the public and private sector.

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  • FCMs, CCPs debate 'skin in the game' and consolidation concerns

    By most quantitative measures, the cleared derivatives industry is bigger and better than ever before. But based on comments at FIA Expo conference in Chicago on Oct. 30, future growth may not be as easy to achieve, and success may be measured by more qualitative measures such as compromise and communication. At an Expo panel discussion titled simply "The Health of the Industry," a diverse group of market participants discussed a myriad of factors shaping the cleared derivatives industry now as well as their expectations for the future.

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  • Opinion: Is CFTC overreaching in policing foreign corruption?

    A central mandate of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has always been to protect the public and preserve the integrity of commodity and commodity derivative markets. The CFTC's Division of Enforcement supports this mission by detecting, investigating and prosecuting violations of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA). To achieve this mission, the enforcement division often coordinates its activities with other branches of the government, notably the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). To date, much of this coordination has focused on targeting fraud, manipulation and other forms of market misconduct.

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  • People News: September/October 2019

    Appointments, promotions and other people news in the derivatives industry

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  • Derivatives regulation under the spotlight at FIA Frankfurt Forum

    FIA welcomed more than 100 attendees from across the derivatives industry to its forum in Frankfurt on 24 September, where the impact of post-crisis reforms, new rules in Europe and international oversight of cross-border trading and clearing came under the spotlight.

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  • CFTC's DSIO plans “thematic reviews” of large swap dealers and asset managers

    After the swearing in of a new chairman in July, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is staffed up and getting down to business. And based on recent remarks from Joshua Sterling, the agency's new director of the CFTC's Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, that business will include an increased focus on the oversight of swap dealers and asset managers.

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  • After trading migration, Cboe will pivot to data analytics as next growth initiative

    Data platform push will follow Oct. 7 migration of main options market to more advanced trading platform

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