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The Basel III endgame was meant to promote better alignment between countries, but the Fed’s bullish approach could make that difficult
Projected reforms to raise bank capital requirements could raise borrowing costs for end users and damage the economy
Despite its strong push to mandate central clearing for US Treasury trades, the SEC is unlikely to move forward without the authorities’ green light
SEC proposals to centrally clear US Treasury securities transactions would create concentration risk
Recent economic events have affected liquidity in the US Treasury market, bringing the debate around the SEC’s proposed reform back to the fore
Detractors accuse the regulator of devoting unnecessary resources to a well-functioning system that benefits retail investors
Any clearing mandate should start with cash transactions only, and bring in repos at a later stage
A proposal from the SEC to process retail orders through auctions could significantly harm competition, putting investors at risk of poor execution