Major new rules went into place earlier this month that Gensler said should decrease the risks the swaps market can have for the economy.
On Oct. 2, the CFTC launched new government-backed electronic platforms for derivatives traders. Early next year, the agency will require that traders switch to those “swap execution facilities” to new to increase transparency and allow regulators to get a better look into the trading system.
In the interview, Gensler said that he was “pleased” with the launch of the platforms, which he called a “paradigm shift.”
“Though the CFTC was in darkness due to the shutdown, we actually were able to bring some light to the swaps markets,” he said about the launch.
New regulations for international derivatives trading also went into effect, setting rules of the road for deals between firms and offices in different countries.
One lesson from the 2008 crisis, he said, was that “the far-flung operations of U.S. financial institutions can bring risks crashing back to here to our shores.”
New rules, he said, will ensure that overseas branches and institutions technically based out of a post office box in the Cayman Islands are covered by financial reform.
“Congress didn’t want us to forget those lessons,” he told The Post.