The CFTC Market Risk Advisory Committee approved recommendations for the scheduled October 2020 shift to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate for central counterparties discounting and price alignment interest at certain clearinghouses.
At a meeting of the CFTC Market Risk Advisory Committee, subcommittees and industry representatives provided updates on the transition to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate and the impact of the pandemic on market infrastructure and trade volumes.
The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures and IOSCO recommended practices that central counterparties might consider in "the development of, and improvements to, default management auction rules, governance arrangements" and related procedures.
A CFTC Market Risk Advisory Subcommittee considered Central Counterparty Clearing House-proposed plans "for the transition of discounting and price alignment interest for certain products to the secured overnight financing rate."
The CFTC Divisions of Market Oversight, Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, and Clearing and Risk warned regulated entities "to prepare for the possibility that certain contracts may continue to experience extreme market volatility, low liquidity and possibly negative pricing."
The SEC amended the definitions of "covered clearing agency," "central securities depository services" and "sensitivity analysis" to be applicable to central counterparties and securities depositories.
SEC Chair Jay Clayton and the Office of Municipal Securities Director Rebecca Olsen urged municipal securities issuers to provide improved forward-looking disclosures to investors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SEC amended the definitions of "covered clearing agency," "central securities depository services," and "sensitivity analysis" to be applicable to central counterparties and securities depositories.
The New York State Department of Financial Services provided temporary relief to consumers and businesses from making premium payments to life insurance companies, property and casualty insurers, and premium finance agencies.
SIFMA, IIB, ISDA, and FIA recommended changes to CFTC-proposed cross-border regulations concerning registration thresholds and certain requirements applicable to swap dealers and major swap participants.