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A Unified Source for Monitoring Regulatory Information

In early September, it was revealed that a breach at Equifax may have affected 143 million Americans. The day after the hack was announced, a The New York Times article ran with the headline "Equifax Hack Exposes Regulatory Gaps, Leaving Consumers Vulnerable."

Qualitative Data Governance and Traceability for the Increased Regulatory Environment

With the use of new ONTOLOGY technology, new frontiers are evolving, that enable business users to aggregate and view these aggregated exposures and limits in real time or near real time, with no programing, and the ease of having business users define their own reports on the fly. This technology has much wider ramifications, not only to speed up the process of data aggregation, but also to reduce the cost of merged data from disparate sources.

Managing CCP Risk Globally

Recent white papers by the CME (Clearing – Balancing CCP and Member Contributions with Exposures) and ISDA ( CCP Default Management, Recovery and Continuity: A Proposed Recovery Framework) bring into sharper focus a global debate that has been raging under the surface of the markets, about whether the introduction of mandatory clearing for swaps has concentrated risk in the CCPs and made them too big to fail. As with any document published by a participant in a debate, we have to remember who wrote these, but they might help to clarify our thinking on this important topic.

Keeping Your Eye on the Volcker Rule Ball

When the lighted ball dropped recently in Times Square, one of the muffled sounds in the background was the ticking away of precious minutes until the proprietary trading parts of the Volcker Rule (VR) go into effect on July 21st. Although banks in the US have been working feverishly on some parts of their preparations, it is now time to prioritize. Some things must be done by July, and some other things may not make it. Knowing which is which will be essential for planning out the rest of the first half of 2015. That’s the ball to keep your eye on, now that New Years is past.

Four Key Issues for Financial Institutions to Address in Their Living Wills

In November, Wells Fargo became the first U.S. bank to receive measured approval for its "living will," its plan for unwinding itself in the face of bankruptcy with minimal damage to the financial ecosystem.