CFTC finalizes clearing rule for swaps dealers

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission unanimously approved a rule that will require Goldman Sachs Group, JPMorgan Chase and other swaps dealers to guarantee certain swaps at clearinghouses beginning in March. The rule outlines which interest-rate and credit default swaps must be processed through a clearinghouse. "Central clearing lowers the risk of the highly interconnected financial system," CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler said in statement. "It also democratizes the market by eliminating the need for market participants to individually determine counterparty credit risk, as now clearinghouses stand between buyers and sellers."

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