IOSCO issues technical guidelines on critical data handling for OTC derivatives

A new report provides technical guidance to authorities on harmonized definitions, formats and usage of a set of critical data elements for over-the-counter (OTC) derivative transactions reported to trade repositories, excluding the Unique Transaction Identifier (UTI) and the Unique Product Identifier (UPI). Entitled Harmonisation of critical OTC derivatives data elements (other than UTI and UPI), the report is published jointly by the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions(IOSCO).

The guidance helps achieve the goal set by the Group of 20 for all OTC derivatives contracts to be reported to trade repositories, as part of a commitment to improve transparency, mitigate systemic risk and prevent market abuse. Harmonised critical data elements facilitate the consistent global aggregation and analysis of OTC derivatives transaction data reported across trade repositories. Authorities can then use this information to meet their legal obligations and prudential responsibilities. Aggregating data helps provide authorities with an overview of activity in the OTC derivatives market so that they can better assess the risks to financial stability.

The report provides guidance on the harmonization of data elements related to dates, counterparties, regular and other payments, valuation and collateral, prices and quantities, packages, links and custom baskets. The guidance is global in scope and jurisdiction-agnostic, taking account of any relevant international technical standards. The report does not prescribe which critical data elements should be reported in a given jurisdiction. Rather, if jurisdictions require such data elements to be reported, this document guides authorities in setting the definitions, format and allowable values.

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