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September 28, 2016

Limiting Contagion Risk, CFTC Expands Interest Rate Swap Clearing Requirement

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Contact: Nick Jacobs, 202-618-6430,

Washington, D.C. – Victoria Daka, Attorney and Derivatives Policy Analyst at Better Markets, issued the following statement today on the announcement from the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to expand the clearing requirement for interest rate swaps. 

“Better Markets commends the Commission for its decision today to expand the types of swaps that are subject to mandatory clearing to include additional interest-rate swaps. This final rule is an important step in reducing systemic risk and increasing transparency in the swaps market. Interest rate swaps markets significantly contribute to the interconnectedness of financial market participants because of the markets size and the large exposures of major swap dealer banks that control the markets. As such, losses at one of the major swap dealer banks can easily and quickly spread across the markets and cause serious contagion risk. The rule finalized by the Commission today takes an important step in limiting this serious contagion risk.”

[Better Markets’ Comment Letter to the CFTC on the clearing requirement can be found here.]


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