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March 22, 2012

Regulators Approve New Derivatives Rules

Regulators approved new rules for the $600 trillion derivatives market on Tuesday, aiming to raise competition and impose more rigorous risk management on an industry that played a central role in the financial crisis.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted the rules in a 4-to-1 vote, the agency’s latest move to usher in broad new changes in response to the crisis. While the rules are among the most arcane provisions to come from the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory overhaul, officials say the changes will impose crucial new oversight on the derivatives industry.

“The commission sent a loud message to Wall Street: no more dark markets and no more predatory behavior,” Dennis Kelleher, the leader of Better Markets, a nonprofit advocacy group, said in a statement.

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