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Global swaps market faces fragmentation

"The global swaps market faces fragmentation as US institutional investors shy away from electronic marketplaces and investment banks strengthen their overseas operations.

"A survey by Tabb Group, the capital markets consultancy, this week found three-quarters of 40 US asset managers, hedge funds and regional banks, with a collective $13.6tn in assets under management, have avoided using the new electronic marketplaces, known as Swap Execution Facilities.