CFTC Seeks Comment Regarding Agricultural Swaps

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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment regarding the appropriate regulatory treatment of agricultural swaps.

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act provides that “swaps” (which are defined to include options) in an “agricultural commodity” (as defined by the CFTC) are prohibited unless entered into pursuant to a rule, regulation or order of the CFTC adopted pursuant to section 4(c) of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), the CFTC’s general exemptive authority.

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