CFTC and SEC discuss regulatory differences

Fundamental differences in the regulatory approaches of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission present one of the biggest obstacles to streamlining regulation of derivatives, say market participants.

On September 2 and 3, the agencies held joint meetings in response to US President Barack Obama's request that the two institutions harmonise regulation of securities and futures. Gary Gensler, the CFTC's chairman, opened proceedings by declaring

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