DerivCon: Transforming SEFCON Pivoting from Adoption to Adaptation

4 October 2017

TABB Group, the international research, advisory and consulting firm focused on financial markets and a leader in hosting thought leadership events, announces a new event for leaders in the swaps and derivatives markets. DerivCon 2018: Pivoting from Adoption to Adaptation will be held on February 1, 2018 at Convene 46 in New York City.

DerivCon 2018 incorporates and expands upon the annual SEFCON conferences that began after massive regulatory and market structure changes began to take effect in swaps and derivatives markets as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Responding to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, lawmakers and regulators began to require trading on Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) as well as bi-lateral clearing of the previously unregulated derivative instruments.

“The adoption of change in the swaps and derivatives markets is fait accompli. Now is the time to discuss how market participants adapt to the sweeping changes and new environment,” said Anthony Perrotta Jr., CEO of TABB Group. “We are pleased to acquire and build upon the SEFCON series with our outstanding agenda for DerivCon 2018.  Our aim is to broaden the program and make it attractive to a wider array of industry participants, especially the end-user investment community”

The keynote speaker for DerivCon 2018 will be Christopher Giancarlo, Chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the principal US regulator of derivatives markets.

Topics on the DerivCon 2018 agenda include:

·         US OTC Derivatives Trading: Fixing What Isn’t Broken

·         SEFs versus MTFs: Keeping Up with the Joneses

·         The State of Clearing: Up and Down, Round and Round

·         OTC Derivative Technologies/Innovation

·         OTC Derivative Liquidity: The Evolution of the Intermediary

A recent TABB Group report “SEF Trading 2017: Still Waters Run Deep” by research analyst Colby Jenkins noted that October marks the four-year anniversary of the first SEF trade and today nearly 40 percent of all US Interest Rate Derivatives (IRD) trading is executed via SEF. “But that is roughly where the market has been for the past couple of years,” Jenkins reported. “SEFs remain a key battleground for the Dodd-Frank vision of a transparent and modern derivatives ecosystem, but the roadblocks to further adoption are entrenched.”

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