U.S. sets timeline for trading packaged swaps on platforms

WASHINGTON Thu May 1, 2014 12:33pm EDT

WASHINGTON May 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Thursday a complex type of swaps known as "package transaction" must be traded on regulated platforms in the coming months, pursuant to a phased compliance timeline.

Swaps have started trading on these platforms - known as Swap Execution Facilities - this year as the agency's rules for the $690 trillion global swaps market start coming into effect after the financial crisis.

But the CFTC had given a temporary stay for package transactions - which consist of several types of swaps grouped together in one deal - after the industry said it was not clear how to handle them under the CFTC's rules. (Reporting by Douwe Miedema)

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