Letter to Regulators: AFR Calls on CFTC Not To Weaken Derivatives Risk Protections

“This week, the Commission faces key decisions in finalizing a crucial protection against derivatives risk, namely the rules governing mandatory provision of margin for derivatives transactions… In this letter, we wish to address one important area of these margin rules, namely requirements for inter-affiliate margin in transactions between swap dealers and affiliated entities. This issue has taken on increased prominence in recent months due to intense lobbying by major Wall Street banks to reduce or eliminate requirements for initial margin in inter-affiliate transactions. “

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