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CNBC reports:

The Securities and Exchange Commission has voted unanimously to propose a rule for the registration and regulation of security-based swap execution facilities.

A swap execution facility, or SEF, is an electronic trading platform that allows participants to buy and sell swaps. A swap is a contract through which two parties exchange the cash flows or liabilities from two different financial instruments. 

Swaps are a very large part of the derivatives market, and they are used to manage risk. For example, one of the ...

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