Thomson Reuters Lanches RTS 27 Now

Thomson Reuters has launched RTS 27 Now, something the firm says is a targeted reporting solution that leverages its Velocity Analytics platform to help banks that have newly registered as Systematic Internalisers under MiFID II complete their first regulatory report. Under the MiFID II Systematic Internaliser (SI) regime, banks had to register with their national competent authorities as SIs by the end of August based on whether their trading activity exceeded levels set across different instruments by ESMA on August 1.
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Why Does the SEC Keep Rejecting Bitcoin ETFs?

Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) declined to approve rule amendments proposed by NYSE Arca and Cboe BZX Exchange to authorise the listing and trading of shares of nine exchange-traded funds (ETFs). This decision comes after the SEC also rejected the Winklevloss ETF in July that would have traded physical bitcoin, whereas the ones rejected last week planned to seek exposure to some or all of the bitcoin futures contracts traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), Cboe Futures Exchange (CFE) and/or any other US exchange that subsequently trades such derivatives contracts.
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CabbageTech Uprooted by CFTC

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has successfully brought an action against a fraudster in relation to cryptocurrencies. Following a four day bench trial, a New York federal court entered final judgment ordering Patrick McDonnell and his company, CabbageTech, Corp (also known as Coin Drop Markets or CDM), to pay over $1.1 million in civil monetary penalties and restitution in connection with a lawsuit brought by the CFTC alleging fraud in connection with virtual currencies, including Bitcoin and Litecoin.
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CFTC Welcomes Formation of Crypto Association

CFTC Commissioner Brian Quintenz has welcomed the formation of an industry trade association for cryptocurrency traders. The Virtual Commodity Association (VCA) has formed a working group and will hold its inaugural meeting in September. It says the meeting will consider guidelines for membership as well as for best practices and rules-based marketplaces that will promote fairness, transparency, risk management, and liquidity. It will further discuss best practice guidelines that will address member conflicts of interest, client communications, client disclosures, and record keeping; as well as the staffing needs of the association, including an executive director and compositon of the board of directors.
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Want to Trade an Uncleared IRS? That’ll be 8bp

A new staff working paper from the Bank of England finds that clients trading interest rate swaps in an uncleared environment are paying around eight basis points for the privilege. The paper uses data from trade repositories to study trading and pricing patterns in IRS markets and finds the risk premia attached to, and therefore the pricing of, IRS trades varies greatly. The price differentials in risk premia are, “highly significant in statistical and economic terms,” the paper states. This premium substantially decreases when initial margin is posted and with the client’s creditworthiness.
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Cappitech Integrates with CME in Australia

Regulatory reporting technology provider Cappitech says it has expanded its integrated reporting solution to CME Group’s Australian Trade Repository (ATR). The firm says the move provides investment firms with automation technology to comply with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission’s (ASIC) Derivative Reporting requirements. Cappitech’s currently cooperates with CME Group on the latter’s European Trade Repository (ETR) that supports EMIR reporting. The firm says that since 2016, over 500 million trades have been submitted to the ETR through its reporting platform.
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Industry in Alignment Over CFTC Swap Dealer Rules

There appeared to be a broad consensus in the responses to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) proposed swap dealer rules that the Commission should retain the current $8 billion de minimis threshold for swap dealer (SD) registration and that NDFs should be excluded from the threshold calculations. Since 2012, Commission regulations have stated that market participants will not be considered a "swap dealer" unless they trade over $8 billion per year in aggregate gross notional amount (AGNA). This $8 billion threshold was meant to be a temporary phase-in period, with the threshold ultimately due to be reduced to $3 billion.
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FIA Groups Urge CFTC to Maintain De Minimis Swap Threshold

FIA and the FIA Principal Traders Group (FIA) have submitted a detailed letter in reposnse to a US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed rule making that urges the Commission to retain the current $8 billion de minimis threshold for swap dealer registration. The associations also suggest the CFTC modifies the calculation methodology to “better align it with the goals of a well-regulated derivatives market”. The letter states that the FIA supports the proposed $8 billion de minimis threshold for swap dealer registration purposes, as well as excepting swaps that are exchange-traded and/or cleared from de minimis calculations, without a notional backstop or haircut.
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Bank of England Launches Sonia Transition Consultation

The Bank of England’s Working Group on Sterling Risk Free Reference Rates, which is tasked with leading the transition away from Libor to term Sonia rates, has launched a consultation process to help drive the evolution, which is intended to be complete by the end of 2021. The work is part of a global effort to shift interest rate benchmarks away from the scandal-ridden mechanisms such as Libor, Euribor and Tibor, has been launched at a time when attention on the reform process is ratcheting up.
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FXC Critical of Shifting Compliance Burden to FX Dealers

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Foreign Exchange Committee (FXC) has issued a letter criticising market participants for trying to shift the burden of enforcing internal policies and controls towards FX dealers. In the letter, the FXC says that its member firms have noted that FX market participants occasionally send notices, letters and other communications (“authorisation letters”) to dealing firms “that limit and/or restrict the authority of individuals to submit orders or instructions, trade, invest or authorise settlement-related instructions on the firm’s behalf”.
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