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28 February 2017

Harmonisation of the Unique Transaction Identifier (UTI), guidance issued by CPMI-IOSCO

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A new report provides technical guidance to authorities to enable them to set rules on assigning uniform global Unique Transaction Identifiers (UTIs) to over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions.

The primary purpose of the UTI is to uniquely identify individual OTC derivatives transactions that are required by authorities to be reported to trade repositories (TRs) consistent with the commitment of the Group of 20 leaders for a more transparent OTC derivative market. Global uniform UTIs facilitate the consistent global aggregation and analysis of OTC transaction data reported across TRs that authorities can use in service of their legal obligations and prudential requirements.

The report produces technical guidance to authorities on the definition, format and usage of the UTI that meets the needs of UTI users. The guidance is also global in scale, based on relevant international technical standards where applicable. It covers the following areas:

(i) The circumstances in which a UTI should be used

(ii) The impact life cycle events should have on the UTI

(iii) Which entity (or entities) should be responsible for generating UTIs

(iv) When UTIs should be generated

(v) The UTI’s structure and format

Full guidance


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