Are the easy-money policies of the world’s central banks setting financial markets up for a crash? We would have a much better idea if we measured how much of the buying is being done with borrowed money.
Any failure of a commodity trader wouldn’t pose a substantial systemic risk to the economy and competitors probably would fill the space, according to Craig Pirrong, professor of finance at the University of Houston.
The last time Chinese stocks were this cheap relative to bonds, the Shanghai Composite Index rallied 18 percent within two months. The prospect of history repeating itself is luring some fund managers back to equities.
U.S. securities regulators have narrowed the target of new rules for money-market funds, according to a person familiar with the matter, limiting changes to a smaller set of funds than many executives anticipated.
U.S. regulators face renewed pressure from congressional lawmakers who voted today to ease Dodd-Frank Act derivatives requirements amid criticism from Wall Street and overseas officials that the rules overreach.
The over $2 trillion-a-day repurchase agreement market requires changes to cut risks related to sales of assets triggered by a dealer default or lenders’ perceptions that it may, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.