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Fed revises risk management policy for clearing, settlement firms

The sun rises to the east of the U.S. Federal Reserve building in Washington, July 31, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Tuesday it has revised its policy which sets the risk management standards for the country's largest clearing, payment and settlement firms.

The policy change brings the Fed's standards in line with international rules for clearing agencies, such as rules on governance, credit risk and collateral.

The 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law heightened the importance of clearing and settlement operations run by companies such as CME Group and Intercontinental Exchange.

The law requires over-the-counter derivatives to be centrally cleared, a process in which a clearinghouse stands in between two parties to guarantee trades.

Central clearing is designed to reduce risk in the markets.

However, because the law now concentrates more risk in clearinghouses, U.S. and international regulators have been monitoring them more closely to make sure they also do not pose systemic risks.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Paul Simao)