$29 trillion credit-default swap market proposed legislation

Draft legislation that would change how over-the-counter derivatives are regulated might prohibit most trading in the $29 trillion credit-default swap market. Is this needless regulation or a good idea announced too late to stop a disaster? Let’s ask the biggest party givers – AIG. U.S. regulators and politicians are stepping up pressure on banks to use clearinghouses and agree to increased oversight of the OTC markets to improve transparency amid the credit crisis. Bad bets on credit-default swaps led to the U.S. takeover of American International Group Inc. in September.

Proposed legislation would ban credit-default swap trading unless investors owned the underlying bonds. Putting an end to manipulating what isn’t yours might be good, although a little too late for this crisis.