Title

Regulation of Speculation in the Financial Market: Focusing on Derivative Instruments

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

9-2010

Abstract

This article argues that market speculation is a conduct to acquire benefits by undertaking risk. Derivative instruments are powerful tools for market participants to conduct market speculation, which may help hedging, market making and completing investment market. However, pure and excessive speculation might cause net loss of market efficiency and create external costs. Some speculative transactions may imply asymmetric information. Market speculation might also lead to market abuse and even systemic risk. These reasons provide the basis to regulate market speculation by derivatives trading. This paper argues that Taiwan law might build on current regulatory model centring on the type of financial institution and devise legal rules to restraint the amount of speculative transactions and to avoid risk from spreading in order to contain problems from market speculation. In addition, in the retail market, Taiwan law might employ a certain degree of direct product regulation in order to clarify terms of relevant derivative contracts and the rights and obligations of parties in order to reduce the negative consequences of speculation/investment by way of derivative instruments.

Keywords

speculation, hedging, derivatives, futures, credit default swap, economic analysis, systemic risk, gambling (wagering), insurable interest, clearing

Discipline

Banking and Finance Law | Commercial Law | Securities Law

Research Areas

Commercial Law

Publication

NTU Law Journal [國立台灣大學法學論叢]

Volume

39

Issue

3

First Page

167

Last Page

222

ISSN

1018-3825

Publisher

國立台灣大學法律學系, Guo li Taiwan da xue fa lü xue xi

Additional URL

http://www.law.ntu.edu.tw/ntulawjournal/mini_journal/English_abstract/39/39_3E/39-3-4陳肇鴻-ChaohungChen英文摘要.pdf