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The world financial market where already under pressure from the Euro crisis, untill yesterday late night when the news broke out JPMorgan has trading loss of at least $2 bln, reputation hit . The CIO unit is where Bruno Iksil was making $200 billion-sized bets. Basically JPM has suffered massive losses at its CIO group most likely due to its IG/HY positions held by Iksil.

Below quotes from Mr Jamie Dimon

  • “…Errors, sloppiness, and bad judgement.”
  • “Bad strategy, badly executed and poorly monitored”
  • “It could get worse. This could go on for a little bit.”
  •  “Badly executed, badly monitored. I’m not going to repeat it 800 times” Continue reading
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As I am trying to communicate from my last post that the market for OTC derivatives is mammoth in size. I have tried to put my views in my past articles over OTC.Derivatives Central Clearning & Dodd – Frank .Central Clearning Of derivatives & Dodd – Frank continues… , Credit derivatives Cat bonds & Cat Swaps ,OTC derivative series CDS, Bonds and Basis Trade

I got the opportunity to read one of the recent paper on Reforming the OTC derivatives market by William C Dudley .

Dudley believes the pre-crisis OTC derivatives market needed reform. Let’e examine his case. Continue reading

As I wrote about central clearing some catastrophic bonds like to continue the series as lot of terminologies yet to be explored in this mammoth market of OTC derivatives. I had tried to accumulate few of them from various sources:
  • [h]ypothecation is when a borrower pledges collateral to secure a debt. The borrower retains ownership of the collateral but is “hypothetically” controlled by the creditor, who has a right to seize possession if the borrower defaults.

Continuing from my yesterday’s post why Central clearing is one of the solution if we just analyse recent crisis.In the financial crisis of 2008, banks feared that their trading partners might not be able to meet obligations to make good on the credit-default swaps,and on derivatives plus other financial arrangements. The situation set off a chain reaction that paralyzed global markets until governments and central banks provided enormous financial support.

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Ready or Not ? Here it comes

Lot of Hedge funds and Investment banks have started publishing the margin FAQ’s after the Credit crisis. As part of Dodd-Frank, by the end of 2012, all standardised over-the-counter derivatives will have to be cleared through central counterparties.

That’s the biggest challenge for the market as OTC derivatives account for almost 95% of the derivatives markets. In June 2011, the notional value of outstanding OTC derivatives was around $707 trillion or €540 trillion. Continue reading

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