Data Management

10:44 AM
Justin Grant
Justin Grant
Commentary
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Nasdaq Fights Bank "Cartels" in Battle for Clearinghouse Control

Nasdaq OMX Group is quietly working the back channels of the nation's capital to limit banks' "cartel-like control" of clearinghouses as Wall Street braces for final word on how the $600 trillion swaps market will function.

Nasdaq OMX Group is quietly working the back channels of the nation's capital to limit banks' "cartel-like control" of clearinghouses as Wall Street braces for final word on how the $600 trillion swaps market will function.

Part of the exchange operator's rationale is that if its own clearinghouse is to thrive in the long run, it'll need to keep banks as customers, according to Bloomberg News. So in order to do so, Nasdaq OMX has been quietly lobbying Congress and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The firm even went as far as to hire the ex-chairman of the House Financial Services Committee to lobby former colleagues, Bloomberg reports.

From Bloomberg:

"Unions and investor advocates say that banks' near-monopoly has driven the prices of derivatives higher for everybody. More transparency in those markets will lower the costs for all companies buying derivatives, which in turn will bring down the costs not only of financial products but consumer goods based on agricultural or energy commodities - everything from loaves of bread to gallons of heating oil or gasoline.

"What the progressives are concerned about here is the ongoing control of clearinghouses by institutions that are making money by keeping things opaque," said Heather Slavkin, a lobbyist for the AFL-CIO.

Nasdaq lost the first round of the regulatory battle this year when Congress decided not to set caps on clearinghouse ownership, passing the decision on to regulators - the CFTC as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission."

As the Senior Editor of Advanced Trading, Justin Grant plays a key role in steering the magazine's coverage of the latest issues affecting the buy-side trading community. Since joining Advanced Trading in 2010, Grant's news analysis has touched on everything from the latest ... View Full Bio
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
More Commentary
Interactive Data Launches Continuous Fixed Income Pricing Service
Independent intra-day FI pricing is helping to shine light on the opaque fixed income market.
Gartner: 75% of Mobile Apps Will Fail Security Tests Through 2015
The rise of BYOD means enterprises must implement security testing and containment solutions, according to new Gartner research.
Chip & Pain, EMV Will Not Solve Payment Card Fraud
Switching to EMV cards will lower retail fraud, but it's not enough. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly.
With UCITS V, $9T Isnít as Easy as It Used to Be
With UCITS V's restrictive remuneration rules and hidden costs, going global may get a little less attractive.
Banks to Increase IT Spend on Big Data Challenges, Finds Aite Report
Big data has presented the greatest challenges and dissatisfaction for banks, yet it is the most likely to see upward spending in the next two years.
Register for Wall Street & Technology Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Wall Street & Technology - Elite 8, October 2014
The in-depth profiles of this year's Elite 8 honorees focus on leadership, talent recruitment, big data, analytics, mobile, and more.
Video
5 Things to Look For Before Accepting Terms & Conditions
5 Things to Look For Before Accepting Terms & Conditions
Is your corporate data at risk? Before uploading sensitive information to cloud services be sure to review these terms.