As federal regulatory agencies write new rules for over-the-counter derivatives, corporate end users are divided on how they might respond. Companies are worried that hedging their risk will cost them more if the regulations mandate that end users post margin or result in swap dealers’ requiring collateral. About half of the finance executives who responded to Treasury & Risk’s 2011 Financial Risk Management Survey say neither outcome would alter their use of derivatives, while 46% say they would use derivatives less frequently. The asset class where derivatives are most widely used remains interest rates, which was cited by 65% of respondents, followed by currencies, cited by 62%.

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