Buy side hits out at CFTC's foreign CCP proposals

BlackRock, Citadel, Eaton Vance say CFTC plan would limit access to liquidity

Michael O'Brien, Eaton Vance

US buy-side firms have criticised Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) plans to bar them from using some foreign swap clearing houses, claiming they could be shut out of important pools of liquidity. "We have long been proponents of the transition of these markets to central clearing, because it creates a more fair, equal and open competitive market. Making distinctions between who can access a cleared product set and who can't is antithetical to that policy goal," says Stephen Berger,