Derivatives play a vital role in enabling market participants to hedge their risks – promoting overall market liquidity and stimulating economic activity. However, risks exposed by the financial crisis prompted a G20-led reform of global over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets, in a bid to enhance market transparency and reduce systemic risk. The new rules will have an enormous impact on both buy-side and sell-side institutions, yet many industry participants seem underprepared for the changes to come.
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