On January 1, 2013, certain swap market participants began reporting new and historical swap data to SDRs pursuant to 17 CFR Part 45, and the Commission began the process of analyzing these new data and incorporating them into the CFTC Swaps Report.
The CFTC Swaps Report is designed to be a valuable public service due to its unique combination of data aggregation, free availability, and weekly publication frequency. The CFTC Swaps Report aggregates a comprehensive body of swap market data that was not previously reported to regulators or regulated entities, and makes that information freely available in a form that is readily usable by both market participants and the general public. The swaps market data included in publications produced by entities such as the BIS, ISDA, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency vary in scope and granularity, but none corresponds directly to the data stored in the CFTC's SDRs.
The CFTC Swaps Report complements the data made available to the public pursuant to the requirements of the Commission’s regulations governing Real-Time Public Reporting of Swap Transaction Data (17 CFR 43). These data reflect pricing information, contract terms, notional value, and more, and are published at the transaction level and in real-time (more frequently than the weekly production of the CFTC Swaps Report). This level of specificity will be highly valuable in several ways, especially in enhancing the price discovery function of the swaps market; however, these data will be disaggregated (reported as individual transactions), and any individual stream or production of these data will reflect only those transactions that are reported to a single SDR. The CFTC Swaps Report is designed to aggregate these data across SDRs and across regular intervals of time to produce useful, informative summary tables. Further, the CFTC Swaps Report presents only market-facing swaps transactions, i.e. those transactions executed at arms-length between non-affiliated entities, which allows the public a view of the competitive marketplace.
The CFTC Swaps Report represents only those swaps that are reported to the CFTC’s registered SDRs by swap market participants. The CFTC Swaps Report currently incorporates data from three SDRs (CME Group SDR
, DTCC Data Repository
, and ICE Trade Vault
); however, data from additional SDRs could be incorporated in the future.
The Dodd-Frank Act requires that the Commission publish a report on trading, clearing, participants, and products in the swaps market on a semiannual and annual basis. (CEA Section 2(a)(14)). The Commission has elected to publish the CFTC Swaps Report on a weekly basis, and anticipates publishing a semiannual and annual report at a future date. This weekly publication frequency will allow members of the public and market participants to gain a more thorough understanding of developments in the swaps market.
The CFTC Swaps Report is published every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. See the Release Schedule
for more detailed information.
The Commission welcomes continued feedback from market participants and members of the public regarding the format, classification structures, and supporting documentation of the CFTC Swaps Report. Submit questions or comments on the CFTC Swaps Report to firstname.lastname@example.org