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  1. Smart beta indexes gain currency with Asian investors

    Konrad Sippel, Frankfurt-based global head of business development at Stoxx, says the differentiating factor between banks and index providers is scale. The maximum drawdown so far this year has been minimal at minus 5% but that could quickly change.

  2. Liquidity concerns still haunt Ficc

    There has been a step change in liquidity in the markets," says the head of forex at one US bank. But now the benefit of liquidity provision is dwarfed by the cost of maintaining a Ficc market-making operation and this will be a problem when a...

  3. 'Unnecessary' Irish SME lending constraints hit hedge funds

    Those hedge funds most suited to plug the gap in SME lending – such as distressed credit funds and global multi-strategy funds with the infrastructure to originate loans – would be unable to meet the Irish regulator's requirements.

  4. Risk premium strategies favoured over beta commodity indexes

    You’re going to have to be active – be prepared to go long and short and prepared to change the mix of commodities on a regular basis, because the fundamentals are just not strong enough in any market to give us a long sustained period of upward...

  5. Dealers fret over NSFR impact on equities

    Without that change, lobbyists claimed the cost of the transactions would rise as much as fivefold. Following the release of the proposed NSFR in January, industry groups, led by the Global Financial Markets Association and the Institute for...

  6. Poor liquidity stalls long-dated Thai derivatives market

    There may be change just around the corner, though, as the government is now talking about waiving or reducing the fee levied on US dollar-denominated structured deposits. These hedges are 10 to 20 years, so this creates a bit of a problem on the...

  7. New frontloading flap over €8bn clearing threshold

    It's given us a huge problem," says a derivatives executive at one global bank. Dealers are urgently seeking changes to the final draft of Europe's proposed clearing mandate for interest rate swaps amid fears that clients will be caught out by a...

  8. Netting problems will restrict pension funds, FCMs warn

    It could adjust the way we should look at netting," says the US bank's global head of clearing. That is expected to change as cleared portfolios grow in size. It has been very difficult for FCMs to get netting for these guys," says the global head...

  9. BBVA leads inflation and interest rate trades in Spain

    The client invested €20 million in the first of several deals BBVA has done based on the same idea, says Fátima Fraile, Madrid-based head of global structured solutions equities for Europe. Spain today is a perfect environment for structured...

  10. US bilateral margin rules: a hit parade of horrors

    December 2015 might sound a long way off, but once we explain what has to happen before then, you can see just how complex it's going to be," says Christopher Perkins, global head of over-the-counter clearing at Citi in New York.

  11. The secrets of successful energy trading firms

    For the past 20 years, Energy Risk has reported on the many ups and downs of the global energy market. If there's one thing you need in a volatile world, it's the ability to recognise change, make those tough decisions and cut your losses.

  12. Conflict of interest: banks call for unity on Eonia

    When it comes down to trying to use the language as it was discussed prior to anyone envisioning negative rates, it will of course lead to the opportunity for disputes to occur on both sides," says Simon Wilson, global co-head of counterparty...

  13. UK markets review focuses on FICC structure and conduct

    The paper states that "regulatory and technical change is already leading to greater standardisation and transparency across many FICC markets". Shafik acknowledged that the global nature of FICC markets makes wider discussion necessary, and final...

  14. Japan FSA: cross-border recognition process too slow

    The next G-20 leaders' summit is due to take place in Brisbane on November 15 but Ng Yao Loong, executive director for market policy and infrastructure at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, expressed little confidence that this will result in...

  15. New social media index includes fast-entry IPO rule

    The decision to make this change would be made by Solactive's index committee and the original liquidity screens that determine the constituents would still apply. There is also an exchange-traded fund based on the Solactive Social Media Total...