WASHINGTON — The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said Thursday it would allow more time for banks to comply with new restrictions on swaps activities.

Under the derivatives provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, depository institutions cannot use the federal assistance they receive — such as federal deposit insurance or access to the discount window — to support certain swaps activities. The new rules will in effect force some banks to have to stop or divest their swaps businesses.

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