New York, June 19, 2009 – Reval, a global derivative risk management and hedge accounting solutions provider to over 250 of the world’s largest and most complex corporations, announced today its position on the Obama administration’s plans to regulate the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market.
In a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, Reval CEO and Co-Founder Jiro Okochi stated that Reval “understands and agrees with the need to better regulate the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market, and that better transparency, controls and the ability to clear OTC derivatives would help prevent future systemic risk. However, the broad regulatory reform suggested for all OTC derivatives—despite their intended use—may in fact increase risk into the system.”
According to Okochi, “A decrease in the use of OTC derivatives by companies who are true hedgers of business risk—those not likely to be a cause of systemic risk, past or future—may occur because the cost of margining and reporting would be too high. Consequently, any proprietary hedging strategies that would provide a competitive business advantage would be lost.”
Corporations, financial institutions, and accounting firms rely on Reval for independent valuations of derivative transactions and to assist with the hedge accounting of foreign exchange, interest rates, energy, credit, commodities, and other asset classes.
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