Brokers lift the lid on swaps-to-futures confusion at Ice

When swaps become futures

confusion

When energy traders at Ice went home for the weekend on October 12 last year, many were sitting on cleared positions in over-the-counter swaps. But by the time trading resumed on Monday, the swaps had become futures – insulated from new OTC rules that were originally scheduled to take effect that week, but subject to exactly the same margin requirements as the trades they replaced. It was, on the face of it, a pretty neat trick – and the exchange’s president and chief operating officer, Chuck

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