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It has been a week of regulatory relief in the world of finance. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision kicked things off by proposing a new method for banks to assess their exposure to derivatives. The new method may reduce the amount of capital banks need to meet restrictions on leverage.[…] Continue Reading »

The Futures Industry Association recently released its 2015 Annual Survey on Global Derivatives Volume. SmartBrief chatted with Will Acworth, Senior Vice President of Publications, Data and Research at FIA, to learn more about the survey and the trends it uncovered.

What are the key findings of FIA’s 2015 Annual Survey on Global Derivatives Volume?

The big trend that we saw last year was a jump in the trading volume on Asian exchanges.[…] Continue Reading »

Happy St. Paddy’s Day from sunny and warm FIA Boca!

Exchange M&A continued to be the hot topic yesterday. While none of the executives could comment on the deal announced by Deutsche Boerse and London Stock Exchange Group, that didn’t stop everyone else from chatting about the deal. The swell of rumors seemed to lean toward the deal not being finalized before Jeff Sprecher and the crew at ICE have a say in the matter.[…] Continue Reading »

Nasdaq Futures has garnered support across all energy sectors since launching last July. In all, 7 million-plus contracts have been traded on the market, offering futures and options across key energy benchmarks. Volume growth and open interest has remained consistently above 20%.

Open interest has reached 700,000 contracts, again underscoring consistent support from market participants, including both hedgers and traders.[…] Continue Reading »

CME Group will integrate truePTS processing capabilities into CME Group’s network of regulated trade repositories under an agreement announced Wednesday at the 41st Annual International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, Fla. Incorporating these capabilities enables truePTS to provide a single trade reporting application program interface to conform with obligations in the US, EU, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.[…] Continue Reading »