Ending 'Too Big to Fail'

Obscure change in derivatives contracts under development by ISDA would require a 'stay' preventing trading partners from calling in collateral when a bank nears failure.

Wall Street and global financial regulators, trying to squash the lingering perception that banks remain “too big to fail,” are looking to an obscure change in derivatives contracts to solve the problem.

The main industry group for the $700 trillion global swaps market is rewriting international protocols to impose a “stay” or pause designed to prevent trading partners from calling in collateral all at once when a bank nears failure.

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