Credit Default Swaps: Regulation and Centralized Clearing - A Viable Proposition?

Thursday, November 13, 2008
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10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CST
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4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. GMT

As the financial crisis continues to develop, the call for more transparency in the swaps market is being answered. In recent weeks, regulators have started to push for a centralized derivative clearinghouse to increase transparency and reduce the settlement risks posed by CDS. As a result, the IntercontinentalExchange began setting up a new US-based credit derivatives clearinghouse and the SEC began discussing an increase in their regulatory power beyond just enforcing anti-fraud prohibitions on over-the-counter derivatives to the wider swap market. Additionally, several US states have announced their desire to join with New York in regulating certain credit derivatives as insurance. Meanwhile, the European Commission discussed how a CDS clearinghouse would be managed and Eurex and NYSE Euronext began vying for position to clear Europe's CDS market.

Please join us for a 30 minute teleconference, the next in our continuing series on the crisis, which will address such topics as:

  • The movement toward a CDS clearinghouse: US, Europe or global?
  • Standardization of the market
  • The new regulatory horizon
  • Monolines and TARP

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