Firms see more volumes and automation of OTC trades

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NEW YORK -- Financial firms active in over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives trading are reporting bigger trade volumes and greater degrees of automation. They also say they have met their goal of confirming trades within five days (T+5) for certain OTC products.

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association's (Isda) 2003 Operations Benchmarking Survey, which polled 64 financial institutions, says organisations report an average of nearly 1,200 new OTC derivatives trades a week during 2002,

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