Jargon buster

This is a straightforward, non-technical guide to the often-confusing jargon used in financial services regulation. It aims to give a set of basic definitions, in plain language, for a wide range of acronyms, products, and terms as used in RegZone reports. It is designed to be suitable for non-lawyers, and comprehensible without too much prior knowledge or cross-referencing.

*entries marked with an asterisk refer to the UK only

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  • Collateralised Debt Obligation (CDO)
    A structured, asset-backed security, which has been divided up into 'tranches' with different credit ratings. In practice, a bond-like product made out of a bundle of fixed-rate mortgage debt.
  • Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier CSSF
    Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier
  • Commissione nazionale per le società e la borsa (CONSOB) [Italy]
    The Italian securities and exchange commission. It is responsible for regulating the Italian securities market and it is the competent authority for MiFID.
  • Commission of the Securities Market (Comissão do Mercado de Valores Mobiliários) (CMVM)
    Portuguese agency, established in April 1991 with the task of supervising and regulating securities and other markets in financial instruments as well as the activities of persons operating in those markets. The Portuguese competent authority for MiFID.
  • Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS) [Defunct]
    Defunct. Replaced by the European Banking Authority in January 2011
  • Committee of European Insurance & Occupational Pensions Supervisors (CEIOPS) [Defunct]
    Defunct. Replaced by the European Insurance & Occupational Pensions Authority in January 2011
  • Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) [Defunct]
    Defunct. Replaced by the European Securities & Markets Authority in January 2011
  • Common Reporting framework (COREP)
    Framework for use by institutions when reporting their capital requirements to supervisory authorities under CRD IV, overseen by the European Banking Authority.
  • Competition Commission (CC) [Defunct]*
    UK competition body, formerly known as the Monopolies & Mergers Commission, replaced by the Competition & Markets Authority 1 April 2014.