Wall Street calls for more delays to Dodd-Frank rules

Wall Street calls for more delays to Dodd-Frank rules

Financial market trade groups have written to industry regulators asking for more time to review new swap trading rules.

In a co-ordinated lobbying effort, six influential industry groups - including the Futures Industry Association, the Financial Services Roundtable, the Institute of International Bankers, Isda and Sifma - have urged the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission to extend the consultation process on Dodd-Frank rulemakings.

The groups have called on regulators to re-propose the entire set of rules above and beyond the 30-day extended consultation period already granted, for a further round of comment.

The trade bodies say an extended consultation period will only delay the rulemaking process for "months, not years, and the costs of any such delay will be far outweighed by the benefits,''

The groups also asked the CFTC to provide an implementation timetable and guidance on the impact of the proposed rules, and to wait for more data before proceeding with any new market data-driven rules, such as, for example, real-time reporting.

The letter concludes: "By providing market participants with the opportunity to comment more meaningfully on the new regulatory structure, the Commission will be better able to draft effective final rules and ensure that it has used a process that provides for the least possibility of unintended consequences, adverse market impact and anti-competitive impact while still achieving the objectives of the Dodd-Frank Act."

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