U.S. derivatives regulator approves swaps margin rules

(Reuters) – The U.S. derivatives regulator on Wednesday approved a final rule for safety margins on uncleared swaps, part of its efforts to drive down excessive risk-taking in the $710 trillion global market. In a 2-1 vote, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission endorsed the rule for those swaps that are traded outside of clearing houses.…


SEC Cyber-Security Sweep: Good News, Bad News

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert on Feb. 3 detailing the results of its “Cyber Security Examination Sweep.” As part of OCIE’s Cyber Security Examination Initiative, adopted last year, OCIE staffers conducted sweeping examinations of a small sampling of SEC-registered financial services – specifically, 57 broker-dealers (representing fewer…


Using technology to define e-payments

The current international payments market is hugely fragmented, with multiple networks and mechanisms operating independently of each other and it is clear that new market entrants have the opportunity to shape and define the future of this industry, writes John Sharman