It was hoped that the swaps market reform would help promote trading between these two groups. But, even without this, the market will at least be more transparent.Read More
Swap Execution Facility
The CFTC and the EU have agreed to allow US firms to trade over European platforms, rather than forcing them to be traded through US swap execution facilities, or SEFs.
O’Malia, who was named commissioner of the CFTC in 2009, has stated that there have not been any significant issues to date, though they were having difficulty getting consistent data on just how many trades have been executed through the facilities so far.
The CFTC mandated that all swaps trading must be done through SEFs in order to add more transparency to the swaps market, which is often considered to be a major factor in the cause of the 2008 financial crisis.
The delays will affect the required reporting of foreign exchange swaps as well as equity swaps, by one and two months, respectively. The largest part of the market, fixed income and credit swaps, will be unaffected, and will begin being reported on October 2nd.
The impacts of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) response to cross-border swaps are yet unknown. With a 75 day period of guidance in addition implementation of the final ruling, this unprecedented move by the CFTC may deeply impact the derivatives market.
The European Commission and the CFTC have many advantages of developing cross-border regulations together. In light of this demonstration of international cooperation, some have hopes that the G20 promise to promote transparency in over-the-counter derivatives trading will become more of a focal point in regulation.
Until the robustness of US credit swap policy has been reviewed, some European banks have been given more restricted access to clearing houses outside of the European Union. Because of concerns that US banking policies may not be compliant with European policies, credit swap rules have become a contentious issue between US and EU regulatory bodies, according to Bloomberg.
With the CFTC’s approval of the SEF rules last Thursday, swap users and would-be SEFs are targeting early December as the time when all swap users will be transacting standardized swaps on SEFs. According to Reuters,…
On Thursday the CFTC approved the Swaps Block Rule, the Made Available to Trade Rule, the SEF rules, and the Interpretive Guidance and Policy Statement on Disruptive Practices.