POINT-COUNTERPOINT: THE REPEAL OF DODD-FRANK SECTION 716 Section 716, the "push out" rule, of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 was repealed as part of (read as: buried deep into) the budget bill late last year. There seems to be confusion as to what the repeal means....

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FINANCIAL SERVICE COMPANIES? When I consider the FSOC’s SIFI Designation for non-banks, I'm reminded of two things – the difference between banks & insurance companies, and the joke: “Do you know the difference between an elephant and a dozen eggs?”  “No, what’s the difference?” "Well,...

SIFI DESIGNATION FOR NON-BANK FINANCIAL COMPANIES The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) approves the non-bank financial institutions viewed as Significantly Important Financial institutions (SIFIs). SIFI Designation requires all eight regulators: OCC, FDIC, CFPB, FHFA, FRB, NCUA, CFTC & SEC, one independent member with insurance expertise, and...

By January 2015, China overtakes the US as the world’s largest economy, with China producing $17.6 trillion versus the US producing $17.4 trillion. Compare this to 2004 when China produced 1/3 of the United States. Financial Times estimates China accounts for 16.5% of the global economy,...

Proposed Margin Rules Last month, US Banking Regulators presented a new proposal for the collection, calculation, and segregation of margin for bilateral derivatives. The new US proposals are quite different from their original 2011 proposal, in light of the BCBS/IOSCO issuance of their 2013 final policy framework on...

Davis Polk’s Dodd-Frank Progress Report Those insightful, intelligent people at Davis Polk continue to put out some of the most concise and readable information on Dodd-Frank. 4th Anniversary Progress Report Enjoy the 4-Year Anniversary Edition of Polk’s Dodd-Frank Progress Report....

ISDA 2014 CDS Credit Definitions On September 22, 2014, ISDA’s 2014 CDS Credit Definitions will become effective. This will be the first set of changes to the Credit Definitions since 2003, so it’s a pretty big deal. The key changes relate to Restructuring & Successor events.  Four key terms: Bank & Sovereign Subordinated or...

Issues & Trends in the End-User Community ISDA’s new Survey of Issues & Trends in the End User Community offers interesting insights into Swap Execution Facilities and End Users. Respondents point to fragmentation along geographical lines due to regulatory ambiguities in cross-border transactions. The survey’s respondents were...