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Insights and opinions from key FIA staff

  • Viewpoint – Issues to watch in global derivatives markets 

    Global cleared derivative markets are made up of a wide variety of participants, from different geographies and different business disciplines. But surprisingly, many of my conversations to start 2023 have focused on a few key priorities. 

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  • Viewpoint - Lessons from the Year of Crypto

    FTX's unlawful use of customer money should not completely overshadow the groundbreaking ideas it was proposing to disrupt finance. Direct access to exchanges, auto-liquidation, real-time margining—these ideas are not going away. Whether we like it or not, these new approaches to market structure will continue to challenge our way of doing business.

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  • Viewpoint – Responding to the European energy crisis, as a community 

    As we enter the colder months at the end of the year, natural gas prices around the world remain incredibly volatile after hitting record highs recently. This is particularly the case in Europe, where I recently visited policymakers in Brussels and Paris with FIA board members. In our conversations, the energy crisis crowded out every other issue on our agenda – and with good reason. 

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  • Viewpoint – Major questions doctrine and implications for US derivatives markets

    The US Supreme Court rarely opines on policy matters related to derivatives. From time to time, however, one of its decisions has such profound effects on our understanding of the law that everyone involved in policy matters related to derivatives needs to understand the implications. The Supreme Court's recent decision in West Virginia v EPA is one such decision, writes FIA's Allison Lurton.

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  • Viewpoint – Digital assets are the topic in DC this summer

    Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act of 2022 last week. This much-anticipated legislation would give the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) new tools and authorities to regulate the cash digital asset commodity market while leaving the regulation of digital assets that are deemed securities to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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  • Viewpoint – Influential People to Watch in 2022

    Over the last few months, FIA President and CEO Walt Lukken has had the pleasure of connecting with many key policymakers who are in the thick of major initiatives impacting the future of our markets, especially in the areas of energy, climate, and digital assets. These will be some of the key individuals to watch as the agenda develops for our markets globally.

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  • Viewpoint - Markets are key to solving climate problem

    My former boss and mentor, Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, was extremely proud of his grove of black walnut trees on his 604-acre farm southwest of Indianapolis. You might say he was obsessed with them.

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  • Viewpoint - Unlocking value virtually

    The first half of 2020 has been incredibly active for our members. The industry has been dealing with the volatility caused by the pandemic while having to do so from home.

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  • Viewpoint - Confessions from the Laundry Room

    12,403 days. That’s the estimate of the number of times that Bill Murray painfully relives the same day as TV weatherman Phil Connors in the movie Groundhog Day.

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  • Viewpoint - Community in a time of need

    FIA President & CEO Walt Lukken reflects on the meaning of community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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