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Volume 2014 - Number 31

August 8, 2014

ICE Seeks Partnership with MERS to Expand Into Mortgage Derivatives Clearing, Trading

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), a global network of exchanges and clearing houses and a top energy trader, is reportedly seeking to gain a foothold in the mortgage market via the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS). ICE is negotiating a partnership agreement with MERSCorp Holdings, parent company of MERS, as part of its plan to add mortgages to its primary derivatives business, Bloomberg reported recently. Both ICE and MERS declined to comment on the story. According to the report, the Atlanta-based ICE has been studying...

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