Finadium: Survey of Collateral Management Outsourcing Providers

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Finadium has conducted an industry-wide survey of firms offering services in collateral management for securities and investments. This survey provides readers with a service summary, target clients and level of client interaction, product coverage, market differentiators, new functionalities added in the last year and additional service considerations. On an industry-wide basis, we analyze the important new features that firms are adding, their build vs. buy strategies in technology, product differentiation and what problems their clients are trying to solve.

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Why the Leverage Ratio doesn’t reduce risk, it just moves it around (Premium Content)

The value of the Leverage Ratio has been proclaimed as a non-risk based measure that is supposed to capture all on and off-balance sheet liabilities of a bank. Together with risk-based measurements, the Leverage Ratio is supposed to ensure that bank risk does not get out of hand. Most regulators seem pretty happy with this idea. However, we are finding more and more evidence that the Leverage Ratio, as the recognized gating factor in Securities Finance Transactions and other kinds of trades, is really not good for banks, or the markets, at all.

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Negative Spreads on Interest Rate Swaps: Could Repo be the Cause?

There has been a lot of press about negative swap rates — where the fixed side of an interest rate swap (IRS) is lower than the equivalent maturity US Treasury. Lower rates imply a better credit counterparty, and in this case better than the US government. But this aberration actually has a repo component that is ignored at one’s peril.

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