SEC Extends Exemptions for Security-Based Swaps

On January 29, the SEC amended the expiration dates in its interim final rules that provide exemptions for security-based swaps that, prior to July 16, 2012, were security-based swap agreements and are defined as “securities” under the Securities Act and the Securities Exchange Act due solely to Article VII of the Dodd-Frank Act.  Under the amendments, the expiration dates will be extended to February 11, 2014.  SEC Rule

Fed Announces Release Dates for Results of Supervisory Stress Tests and CCAR

On January 28, the Fed announced that results from the supervisory stress tests under the Dodd-Frank Act will be released on March 7, and the related results from the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR) will be released on March 14.  The Dodd-Frank Act supervisory stress test results will include data such as capital ratios, revenue and loss estimates under a severely adverse scenario and assuming a common set of capital actions that is used in the analysis of all of the firms.  Fed Release.