According to the TABB Groupâs âCredit and Rates Swaps Dealers 2011: Redefined and Reborn surveyâ, almost 90 per cent of top-tier and two-thirds of middle-tier dealers believe legislation will impact their profits.
Nearly two-thirds of survey participants said that new legislation will increase barriers-to-entry as margins fall and regulation increases.
A similar proportion of swap dealers stated that they expect Basel III to have a bigger impact than Dodd-Frank as it affects each financial institutionâs âcapacity to fund their swaps trading desk by defining the maximum leverage allowedâ.
Kevin McPartland, Tabb Group's director of fixed income research, said: âBut at the bank level, Basel IIIâs impact would be far greater, that if billions in assets were suddenly untouchable, their business make-up and bottom-line profitability will be affected.â
Further findings were more positive with almost three-quarters of swap dealers saying that Dodd-Frank will boost liquidity in the long term.
This will be through greater market participation, product standardisation and electronic trading access.
By Jim Ottewill