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Making OTC Derivatives Safe

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  • Manmohan Singh
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    Recent regulatory efforts, especially in the U.S. and Europe, are aimed at reducing moral hazard so that the next financial crisis is not bailed out by tax payers. This paper looks at the possibility that central counterparties (CCPs) may be too-big-to-fail entities in the making. The present regulatory and reform efforts may not remove the systemic risk from OTC derivatives but rather shift them from banks to CCPs. Under the present regulatory overhaul, the OTC derivative market could become more fragmented. Furthermore, another taxpayer bailout cannot be ruled out. A reexamination of the two key issues of (i) the interoperability of CCPs, and (ii) the cost of moving to CCPs with access to central bank funding, indicates that the proposed changes may not provide the best solution. The paper suggests that a tax on derivative liabilities could make the OTC derivatives market safer, particularly in the transition to a stable clearing infrastructure. It also suggests reconsideration of a "public utility" model for the OTC market infrastructure.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 11/66.

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    Length: 22
    Date of creation: 01 Mar 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:11/66

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    Keywords: Bankruptcy; Credit risk; Financial institutions; Financial instruments; Risk management; collateral; derivative; systemic risk; credit; derivatives market; counterparty; clients; moral hazard; derivative contracts; repo; hedge; financial markets; liquidity support; financial system; cash flows; bonds; derivative market; financial statements; clearing members; prices; payment systems; pricing; hedging; credit derivatives; hedge fund; international financial markets; derivative contract; clearing houses; derivatives markets; caps; derivatives exchange; financial regulation; hedge funds; derivative products; financial sector; credit derivative; derivative transactions; price derivatives; secured lending; financial derivatives;

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    Cited by:
    1. World Bank & the People’s Republic of China Development Research Center of the State Council, 2013. "China 2030 : Building a Modern, Harmonious, and Creative Society," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 12925, August.
    2. Sheri M. Markose, 2012. "Systemic Risk from Global Financial Derivatives," IMF Working Papers 12/282, International Monetary Fund.

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