Monday, April 18, 2022

SEC Gets an “Earful” on Securities Lending and Short-selling Disclosure Proposals

And Another Thing - Longer Comment Periods, Please

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA

The Securities and Exchange Commission's controversial securities lending disclosure proposal (Proposal) sought public input on 97 questions and received a substantial body of feedback during the initial 30-day comment period. Drawing sharp rebukes, most responses from trade associations for lenders and borrowers focused on the ambiguous scope of rule 10c-1, the feasibility of the proposed 15-minute reporting regime, lopsided cost and technology burdens, and the risks of reverse engineering posed by the public disclosure provisions. Acquiescing after a month of consideration to the desires of a host of commenters for more time to respond, the Commission extended the Proposal's comment period from January 7, 2022, to April 1, 2022. The securities lending industry took advantage of the extra time to amplify prior criticisms and raise new issues with the Proposal, giving the SEC yet another earful.

Comments (0)
Number of views (424)

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Disclosure and Beyond: Restructuring the U.S. Equity Markets

BRIEFING GUIDE to the SEC's Aggressive Agenda to Head off the Next "Big Squeeze"

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA

On Friday, February 25, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed its latest round of GameStop rule proposals. In addition to enhanced public disclosures of short sales by institutional investors, the Commission announced a 30-day extension of the comment period on its sweeping securities lending disclosure proposal, Rule 10c-1, and technical amendments to the "consolidated audit tape" regulations. These separate, but related, disclosure proposals may well be the start of a much broader and far-ranging regulatory response to the kind of market disruptions epitomized by the Gamestop event.  

 

Comments (0)
Number of views (887)

Friday, February 11, 2022

How Would Cross-Border Payments Change in a Digital Currency World?

World Bank, BIS and SWIFT weigh in on CBDCs

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA

Widespread adoption of central bank digital currencies (CBDC) could revolutionize cross-border payments by reducing friction and making it possible for T+1 or even T+0 settlement of cross-border trades. The Fed’s Digital Currency discussion paper is the central bank’s first step in a public discussion with stakeholders about a digital dollar, as we described in our January 25 post. But what would such a cross-border payment system look like? Is it enough to mimic the traditional systems of SWIFT, DTCC, and others? Or does the unprecedented interoperability and technology of CBDCs force obsolesce on the current systems? 

Comments (0)
Number of views (1113)

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The Fed Weighs in on a 'Digital Dollar'

Vast Cross-border Implications for Central Bank Digital Currencies

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA

A discussion paper published on January 20th invites the public to explore with the U.S. Federal Reserve Board the creation of a digital version of the U.S. dollar. A Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) backed by the Federal Reserve would be designed, according to the Fed’s paper, to compete with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Comments are due by May 20, 2022.

Comments (0)
Number of views (1186)

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Lenders and Borrowers Sound off on the SEC's Disclosure Proposal

Giving the SEC an Earful and Sounding the Alarm

Author: David Schwartz J.D. CPA

The Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) securities lending disclosure proposal has drawn sharp rebuke from both securities lenders and borrowers. Lending principals criticized the proposal on everything from cost, lack of clarity, and overbroad scope to the rule's general inequity. They also pointed out a host of potential unintended consequences that could work against the very transparency the rule proposal was intended to foster. 

Comments (0)
Number of views (1308)
RSS
12345678910Last