ISDA Response to CFTC Project KISS

In this response to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Project KISS, ISDA identifies a series of rules, practices, and other CFTC interpretations and guidance that the commission should re-evaluate and either revise or amend to promote economic growth and remove costly and ineffective barriers to the efficient and safe functioning of the derivatives markets. The letter is structured by providing comments on a series of specific subject matter areas, in each instance following two sets of recommendations—recommendations for streamlining the CFTC’s rules and related interpretations and guidance, and recommendations for improving the CFTC’s oversight responsibilities. The subject matter areas addressed are as follows:

(1) Trading;

(2) Clearing;

(3) Reporting;

(4) Registration; and

(5) A series of other areas, including:

(a) Margin;

(b) Capital and liquidity;

(c) Cross-border swaps regulation;

(d) Regulation automated trading;

(e) Position limits; and

(f) CFTC internal processes and procedures and regulatory structure.

In some cases, this letter will recommend changes to CFTC rules, no-action relief, and guidance to resolve instances where those rules or interpretations are ambiguous or otherwise incomplete and unclear in a way that places an unnecessary element of uncertainty on businesses, transactions and markets without promoting any corresponding regulatory or policy goals. In other instances, we recommend changes to resolve issues that present burdens on or barriers to the efficient functioning of the derivatives markets.

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