U.S. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, U.S. CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, and UK FCA Chief Executive Andrew Bailey issued a joint statement announcing plans to address concerns regarding opportunistic strategies in the credit derivatives markets. The agencies announced that they will make collaborative efforts to prioritize the exploration of avenues, including industry input, that will address these concerns and foster transparency, accountability, integrity, good conduct, and investor protection in these markets.
The statement highlights that the adverse effects of opportunistic strategies in the credit derivatives markets raise various issues under securities, derivatives, conduct, and anti-fraud laws, in addition to the public policy concerns. These opportunistic strategies include but are not limited to those that have been referred to as "manufactured credit events" and they may adversely affect the integrity, confidence, and reputation of the credit derivatives markets. The collaborative efforts of the agencies to address these concerns would not preclude other appropriate actions by the respective agencies or authority.
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