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2021- Breaking Points

As a form of due diligence, I have to plough through such an amount of Fear-Uncertainty-Doubt “marketing” articles to have developed a deep dislike for the breed. That said, we thought it instructive to briefly remind readers of the 2021 Regulatory calendar, at least while some time remains to mitigate. Benchmark Reform The ISDA Fallbacks […]

ISDA release CMT Toolkit

ISDA are continuing their drive to promote document digitisation with the recent release of four electronic tools that will help firms: improve their digital documentation strategy; streamline their portfolio reconciliation and dispute resolution process; update custodial onboarding for segregated accounts. These issues were deemed priority topics by ISDA members and relevant working groups, the recently […]

Protocol starts with a bang

ISDA have today officially launched the IBOR Fallbacks and Supplement and Protocol. The supplement amends ISDA’s standard 2006 definitions for interest rate derivatives, incorporating robust fallbacks for IBOR-linked derivatives. Changes take effect on 25 January 2021, from which date the fallbacks will be included in all new cleared and OTC derivative transactions that reference the […]

Eyes on IBOR – Update no. 5: The Protocol

On 9 October 2020, ISDA published the advent of the long-awaited Fallbacks Protocol (“the Protocol”) and updated 2006 Definitions (“the Supplement”). While the official Launch Date is 23 October 2020, early adopters may adhere in advance by application to their ISDA contact. The publication marks the beginning of the largest, single-phase amendment project ever undertaken […]

Landmark LIBOR date delayed

ISDA yesterday announced a further delay to the publication of the long-awaited IBOR Fallbacks Protocol. CEO Scott O’Malia used the ISDA derivatiViews blog to inform the market that the effective date of the protocol is now expected to be mid-late January, referencing a letter to this effect sent to the Bank of England and the […]

IM deferred by 1 year

On 3 April 2020 BCBS and IOSCO announced a one year extension to IM Phases 5 and 6. Accordingly, the revised Phase 5 deadline is 1 September 2021, Phase 6 is 1 September 2022. AANA calculation periods for each phase will also be extended by one year.   AANA Period (EU) Threshold Deadline Phase 5 […]

ISDA appeals IM

ISDA and 21 other Trade Associations (collectively “ISDA”) yesterday submitted a letter to regulators requesting a suspension of the IM Phase 5 and 6 deadlines, pending COVID-19 clarity. The letter also suggests that when and if new deadlines are set, “sufficient lead time be provided”.  The letter is supplemented by an article by Scott O’Malia, […]

Prudential Regulators do the prudent thing

US’ Prudential Regulators (FDIC, Federal Reserve, FDIC, OCC, FHFA and FCA) have become the latest to issue a proposal for amending Swap Margin Requirements. The CFTC was the first regulator to adopt the BCBS’ mitigation recommendations, staggering the ‘Big Bang’ Phase 5 and 6 thresholds, so it was only a matter of time for the […]

Another week, another regulator falls in line

The latest IM deadline passed at the start of this month without fanfare, and larger firms were able to breathe their fourth sigh of relief. A year from now, the challenge will not be as “easy”. In Phase 4, approximately 35 firms fell in-scope of the €750 bn threshold. Updated numbers for Phase 5 show […]

Margin Xchange…we hardly knew you

Highlander 1986, “There can be only one!” or for a younger generation, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or die”. Risk magazine reports that MarginXchange (MX) has retired from the fray, leaving an open (if depleted) field for its erstwhile rival ISDACreate (IC). MX was established by the triumvirate of Allen & Overy, […]

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