US regulators urged to accept dealers' use of affiliates

Officials should leave non-guaranteed trades alone, says former SEC chair

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Politicians and regulators in the US should learn to live with the fact that US banks are funnelling a large portion of their overseas swaps business through non-guaranteed affiliates (NGAs), according to two former senior regulators. Potential responses to the strategy – which insulates the affiliates and their non-US customers from the Dodd-Frank Act – could set the US on a collision course with foreign officials, they argue.

"If two parties outside the US wish to enter into a trading relation

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