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Wait … Derivatives are good for the economy?: With all the bad-mouthing out there about derivatives, you might be surprised to learn that the very smart people at the Milken Institute have completed a study that found derivatives are actually a net positive for the economy.[…] Continue Reading »

Participants in exchange-traded derivatives markets are urgently looking toward automation in the clearing and confirmation process, and their budgets reflect this priority. According to a new report from Omgeo and consulting firm Greenwich Associates, less than half of buy-side firms reconcile trades in real-time, and two-thirds of exchange-traded derivatives investors still rely on phones, fax machines, emails and text messages during the settlement process.[…] Continue Reading »

Highlights from Day Two of the 39th Annual International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, Fla.

Swinburne calls for more compromise from U.S. on cross-border regulations: U.S. regulators need to do a better job of compromising as they continue the march to implementing global derivatives reforms, according to Kay Swinburne, a member of the European Parliament. “I’m not sure that the U.S.[…] Continue Reading »

Steve Grob is the Director of Group Strategy for Fidessa, where he is also the brains behind the Fidessa Fragmentation Index. SmartBrief sat down with Grob last week at the International Derivatives Expo in London to discuss regulatory reform and other issues he sees affecting the marketplace.

How will regulatory reform efforts like Dodd-Frank affect the derivatives market and is the market ready?[…] Continue Reading »

Financial derivatives are sometimes a savior, but in other times, a curse. Although their earliest documented use was in the form of rice futures in the 1700s, they have grown in popularity in recent times for hedging known risks, but have also drawn criticism as a tool of speculation. American International Group, for example, lost $18 billion on credit default swaps during the financial crisis.[…] Continue Reading »