NO 228 – FEBRUARY 2012
Clearing at the crossroads

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WFE Focus January 2012
Post trade

CME Group expands cleared OTC agricultural offering
On 13 February 2012, CME Group expanded its centrally cleared, OTC agricultural swap offering through the introduction of eight new grain and oilseed swaps. Among the offering are five new bullet swaps and three additional calendar swaps, which are listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of CBOT.

European industry participants develop common standards to restore post trade transparency
European industry participants, in the framework of the industry project called Market Model Typology (MMT), have released the official MMT 1.0 mapping issue. This significant milestone provides a strategic bridge to implementing European equity post trade standards in order to enhance market transparency. The key benefits of the MMT are to: enable investors to accurately monitor market events by standardizing how these events are identified across a fragmented market for the first time since the introduction of MiFID and it offers a practical solution ahead of MiFID II.

ICE Clear Credit launches portfolio margining benefits for clearing participants
IntercontinentalExchange announced that ICE Clear Credit now offers portfolio margining benefits for clearing participants’ proprietary positions, allowing for more efficient collateralization of opposite positions in index and correlated single-name credit default swap (CDS) instruments. It received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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