Federal regulators unveiled a plan Wednesday for a new regulatory framework that would force some over-the-counter derivatives to be traded on exchanges and subject some contracts to speculative position limits.

The plan, announced jointly by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro and Michael Dunn, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's acting chairman, aims to shed more light on off-exchange trades, which are currently subject to very little federal regulation.

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