US energy firms fear Dodd-Frank ‘swap dealer’ definition as decision looms

US regulations

Last Thursday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) was scheduled to vote on the definitions of 'swap dealer' and 'major swap participant', a decision with major implications for energy companies that participate in the derivatives market. At the last minute, though, the item was yanked from the agenda, reportedly at the request of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the fellow regulator with which the CFTC must co-ordinate on the Dodd-Frank rule-making process. But the issue

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