Draft derivatives bill sent to Congress

The US Treasury submitted legislation to Congress today outlining its regulatory reform agenda for the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market.

Following the publication of its white paper 'Financial Regulatory Reform: A New Foundation' on June 17, the Treasury has drafted legislation with the aim of introducing more regulation and transparency to the market.

Regulation of the market will involve central clearing and trading of standardized OTC derivatives. In addition, higher capital and margin requirements will be used to encourage trading and clearing of non-standardised transactions.

The proposal also outlined a broad definition of

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