Waters Blasts ICE/BKI Merger, Rejecting Recent Compromises

Reiterating her concerns about the ICE/Black Knight merger, HFSC Ranking Member Waters (D-CA) last night asked FTC Chair Khan not to approve it or, should it do so in light of recent settlements, add strict conditions.  Rep. Waters is concerned by a recent divestment designed to appease the FTC, noting ICE’s propensity for raising prices in other markets and the adverse effect doing so would have on mortgage affordability, asking for prohibition on undue integration with the firm acquiring BKI’s pricing engine along with price transparency that should be applied not only to the merged firm, but also to other parties.

Global Regulators Press CCP Resolvability

Reflecting ongoing FSB concerns about CCP resilience, IOSCO and the BIS Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures today released a joint report on CCP best practices for addressing non default losses (NDLs), stressing that the report does not create new standards or provide new guidance.