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Derivatives markets regulation: Back to the futures?

Posted on 05 February 2013

Historically, futures exchanges have been very effective at preventing the failings of individual traders from hurting others. That is one reason why America’s Dodd-Frank law introduced new rules for over-the-counter (OTC) swaps designed to make them more like futures. (“Swap” is a broad term for many types of financial derivatives directly agreed between two parties, including credit default swaps and currency forwards.
The most common is the interest rate swap, which allows people to transform floating-rate debt into fixed-rate debt and vice versa.) In particular, policymakers want greater transparency and central counterparty clearing……………………………………..Full Article: Source


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