End-users warn OTC regulation threatens hedging activity

Debate over legislation proposed by the US Treasury to regulate the over-the-counter derivatives market became more heated last month, as end-users of derivatives warned that greater standardisation of OTC contracts would increase costs and make the instruments less effective as hedges.

In a full day of hearings on September 17 on the Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets Act of 2009, the House Committee on Agriculture heard testimony from corporates, industry groups, clearing houses and

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