Business aims at derivatives rules

By CHRIS FRATES |

As regulators implement the new financial reform law, a coalition of companies that use derivatives to hedge risk has been quietly lobbying for exemptions from some collateral requirements. Its argument: The requirements would cost at least 100,000 jobs and pull billions of dollars of investment capital from the struggling economy.

The Coalition for Derivatives End-Users — a group of about 270 companies and business associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Roundtable — are contending that nonfinancial companies should not be held to the same collateral standards, or so-called margin requirements, as Wall Street firms.

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