CFTC Requesting Comment Period on Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception Preliminary Report
Staff from the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight and the Office of the Chief Economist of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) issued a Preliminary Report regarding the swap dealer de minimis exception. Under CFTC rules, market participants who exceed $8 billion in gross notional swap dealing activity over a twelve-month period are required to register with the Commission as swap dealers during the phase-in period currently in effect. This phase-in period is scheduled to end, and the threshold will fall, to $3 billion in December 2017, unless the Commission takes action to amend the de minimis exception.
In the interest of ensuring that the Commission has as much information and data as practicable for purposes of its consideration with respect to the de minimis exception, the Preliminary Report will be open for public comment for 60 days after publication on the Commission’s website. Comments on the Preliminary Report may be submitted electronically through the Commission’s Comments Online process.