Dodd-Frank and Independent Amount

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—known as the Dodd-Frank Act—is set to change the rules of collateral management for overthe-counter (OTC) derivative transactions in the financial industry.

Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act introduces new margin requirements that affect the margining of OTC swap transactions for swap dealers and major swap participants (collectively called “Covered Swap Entities”). Dodd-Frank  mandates the posting of what is termed “independent amounts” for

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