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EU proposes curbs on 'Wild West' trading

The European Commission has published draft rules on trading in complex financial products, saying it currently operates in a "Wild West territory". The body wants to create a watchdog to monitor the derivatives market - products used to make bets on assets without buying them. Officials also want to assess the extent of short-selling, when traders bet on asset prices falling. The practices have widely been blamed for causing economic instability. Derivatives and short-selling are viewed by some as contributing to the eurozone debt crisis, which led to major market instability. In May this year, during a period of heightened uncertainty on the markets, Germany made a surprise decision to temporarily ban some types of short-selling of financial products.

EU Consultation on Derivatives, market Infrastructures, Short Selling and Credit Default Swaps

EU Commission, DG Internal Market: In order to advance swiftly in completing the necessary reforms to ensure a safe and stable financial system in Europe, the European Commission has launched two consultations in the area of financial services.

Transparency Clearing & Regulation of Derivative Securities

 

Transparency Clearing & Regulation of Derivative Securities 

 

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