Public Statements & Remarks

Statement of Chairman Timothy Massad, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Amendments to Swap Data Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Cleared Swaps

August 19, 2015

One of the most important requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is the reporting of data on the swaps market. In 2008 during the global financial crisis, regulators had little information about this market or the exposures of major institutions, but difficult policy choices still had to be made. Today, that has changed. Today, all swap transactions, whether cleared or uncleared, must be reported to swap data repositories (SDRs). The availability of accurate data is allowing the CFTC to move forward with the important work of monitoring the market and understanding its potential risks.

While we have made great progress in this area, there is still more we need to do to make sure that we obtain useful and timely data as efficiently as possible. Today’s proposal is one big step toward that end. If adopted, it will improve data quality and reduce compliance costs, by clarifying and simplifying some requirements and eliminating unnecessary reporting obligations.

This proposal would ensure there is a simple, consistent process surrounding the reporting workflows for cleared swaps. For example, the proposal would clarify the reporting obligations of the clearinghouse where the swap is cleared. It would help ensure that there are not multiple records of a swap that can lead to erroneous double counting, and that accurate valuations of swaps are provided on an ongoing basis. It would eliminate unnecessary reporting requirements for swap dealers and major swap participants. And it will improve the Commission’s ability to trace swaps from execution through clearing.

This proposal reflects a careful consideration of the feedback received from the CFTC’s request for comment on this regulation in 2014. It combines the best elements of those suggested by various stakeholders concerning the reporting of cleared swaps.

I believe the proposal will help simplify compliance obligations for market participants while improving the accuracy, quality and usefulness of the data that is reported. This is an important part of the ongoing process of simplifying, fine-tuning and harmonizing our rules, and we will continue to look for ways to improve our recordkeeping, reporting, and data quality rules and practices.

I look forward to reviewing comments to this proposal, and I encourage all market participants to provide feedback on this proposal.

Last Updated: August 19, 2015