IIROC republishes proposals to permit partial swap offset strategies

February 22, 2012

On February 17, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) republished proposed amendments to its Dealer Member Rules that would extend the current margin treatment on swap offsets to partial swap offsets. The proposals are intended to ensure that the capital requirements reflect the reduced position risk of partial swap offsets on interest rate and total performance swaps. The proposals, initially published in February 2009, now include housekeeping amendments to clarify the minimum margin requirements for unhedged interest rate and total performance swap positions.

Comments are being accepted on the proposed amendments until March 19, 2012. For more information, see IIROC Notice 12-0057.

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