The CFTC is seeking information on, among other things, the ability of derivatives clearing organizations ("DCOs") to offer clearing services for a variety of currency and rate transactions, including certain non-U.S. currencies and USD LIBOR Rates. The CFTC requested that DCOs file a submission pursuant to CFTC Rule 39.5 ("Review of Swaps for Commission Determination on Clearing Requirement") for any swaps that are not currently subject to the clearing requirement.
While the CFTC requested comment in general on the swap clearing requirement and any other rules that may be impacted by the IBOR transitions, it is seeking comment specifically on (i) information on alternative reference rate-referencing swaps and whether to impose a clearing mandate for such swaps, (ii) documentation requirements for new swap products, (iii) swap classifications under the swap clearing requirement and (iv) cost-benefit factors to consider.
Comments on the request must be submitted within 60 days of its publication in the Federal Register.
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