New frontloading flap over €8bn clearing threshold

Retroactive need to count up trades could hit clients this week

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Dealers are urgently seeking changes to the final draft of Europe's proposed clearing mandate for interest rate swaps amid fears that clients will be caught out by a change to the timeline. On the day the rules take effect – a moving target – derivatives users have to know whether the previous three months of trading leaves them above an €8 billion notional threshold, which implies they may need to start monitoring their trades as early as this week.

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