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CFTC Votes to Treat Commodity Options the Same as Other Swaps

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted rules today that will treat commodity options the same as all other swaps.

In a 5-0 vote, the five-member commission removed regulations that for more than a decade have treated agricultural swaps and commodity options differently than other transactions in the swaps market. Those products will now be subject to the same rules as interest rate, credit and other types of swaps.

The rule takes effect 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

The CFTC and Securities and Exchange Commission are implementing rules for the swaps market after unregulated trades helped fuel the 2008 credit crisis. The CFTC will vote later today on a separate rule that would define a regulated dealer in the market as one that conducts swaps with a notional value of at least $8 billion in a 12-month period.

The SEC is also voting today on a rule that would impose that threshold on securities-based swaps.

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