The Dodd-Frank Act has led to a flurry of activity as market participants are now required to move almost all of their risk onto cleared exchanges or swap execution facilities. In an effort to give insight to market participants attempting to navigate these changes, this whitepaper explores the advantages and disadvantages of exchange trading in both the equities and futures markets. It also proposes a new trading paradigm for institutional derivatives investors to access the positives of exchange trading while avoiding the negative aspects.
In an effort to provide further information to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as it moves toward adoption of a final Swap Execution Facility (SEF) rule, the Asset Management Group of the Securities Industry and Financial Market Association (SIFMA AMG) and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) developed a buy-side member survey regarding the impact of a requirement to go out to five or more liquidity providers for a request-for-quote (RFQ) platform to qualify as a SEF. Members of the Managed Funds Association (MFA) were also invited to participate in the survey. Here is a summary of the survey results.
On March 29, 2011, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) released a white paper outlining its vision for the structure and core principles of swap execution facilities (SEFs). The paper looks at SEFs in the context of the Dodd-Frank Act and CFTC proposed rules on SEFs. Among ISDA's recommendations:
- Core principles of SEFs should include maximum choice, transparency, access, and flexibility;
- Rules should reflect the specific functions and structure of SEFs, and not be "simply imported from other markets;"
- Current regulatory proposals, such as requirements that SEFs be responsible for determining swap clearing eligibility and soliciting a minimum number of bids for a swap prior to a transaction, are in need of improvement.
Link to Press Release
- ↑ ISDA: SEF Rules Should Provide Greater Choice, Access and Liquidity to OTC Derivatives Market Participants. International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc.. Retrieved on March 29, 2011.