When not forcing through highly unpopular new rules or wagging their fingers at glitch-prone regulatees, Gary Gensler & co. are busy dealing with their own technological issues.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Wednesday that technical errors at two so-called swaps data repositories, which collect and supply regulators with transaction data, have led the CFTC to misreport the overall size of the swaps market by undercounting its size….

Regulators aren’t sure how much the repositories are undercounting. One CFTC official familiar with the matter said the discrepancy could be as high as $55 trillion, though another official said the figure is closer to $10 trillion once regulators cancel out certain transactions to prevent double counting. The CFTC estimates the size of the notional value of swaps market at about $390 trillion under the more conservative method.

The CFTC said in a footnote to its weekly swaps report that the largest data repository, the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., “has informed us that due to a…technical coding issue, the notional values in the interest rate asset class have been understated.” The agency also reported “a processing error” by a separate repository operated by CME Group Inc….

The official said the error also reflects the agency’s chronic lack of resources. Just two employees at the agency are charged with putting together the weekly swaps report and it takes them 12 days to prepare the data for publication compared with three for another report the agency publishes.

CFTC Misreporting Size of Swaps Market, Agency Says [WSJ]

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  1. Posted by The Dice Man | December 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Good god Shazar, would it KILL you to proof-read your titles, or is that too much work on original content for you?