Swap

What is Swap?

Swap meaning The statutory definition of “swap” is detailed and comprehensive, though certain agreements, contracts, and transactions are excluded from the definition. It includes, for example, interest rate swaps, commodity swaps, currency swaps, equity swaps and credit default swaps. Congress directed both the Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission to further define the term “swap” (andsecurity-based swap) jointly. The Commissions in 2012 adopted rules and interpretations to clarify that a few types of transactions in particular are swaps. These include foreign currency options, commodity options, non-deliverable forwards in foreign exchange, cross-currency swaps, forward rate agreements, contracts for differences, options to enter into swaps and forward swaps. See 7 U.S.C. §1a(47) and 17 C.F.R. 1.3.

 

reference: U.S. COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION – CFTC Glossary