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On May 25, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published the 2021 FINRA Industry Spotlight (Industry Spotlight), which is FINRA’s annual statistical report covering the brokerage firms, registered representatives and market activity that FINRA regulates. The 2021 edition includes new statistics on US Treasury volume and corporate financing filings. The Industry Spotlight also includes 2020 data on the size and geographic distribution of the firms FINRA regulates, the number of individuals in the industry, equity and fixed income trading activity, and how firms marketed their products and services during the last year. It also includes additional data sets, specifically data on Treasury market activity, focusing on volumes by both participant and product type.

2021 FINRA Industry Spotlight

On May 25, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that on June 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) would hold a public meeting via teleconference. At this meeting, the AAC will receive a report from the subcommittee that has been evaluating CFTC policy with respect to the implementation of amendments to enumerated agricultural futures contracts with open interest. The meeting also will include a discussion on global agricultural commodity derivatives contracts and other agricultural risk management issues.

CFTC Announcement in the Federal Register

On May 26, Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Market Participants Division (MPD) published updated responses to frequently asked questions regarding CFTC Regulation 4.27 and Form CPO-PQR (FAQs). These FAQs update the 2015 FAQs that addressed issues on Form CPO-PQR from filing mechanics and deadlines to more technical questions. Continue Reading CFTC Staff Publishes Updated Responses to FAQs Regarding Commission Regulation 4.27 and Form CPO-PQR

On May 24, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued Notice to Members 1-21-16, announcing the effective date for NFA Member swap dealer and major swap participant dues increases.

NFA Bylaw 1301 imposes annual dues on NFA Member swap dealers (SD) and major swap participants (MSP). The current annual dues amounts have remained unchanged, except for a reduction in MSP annual dues, since NFA established its swap regulatory program in 2013. Given the expansion of NFA’s swaps regulatory program over the past eight years and to fund its operations and maintain adequate reserves, NFA’s Board of Directors, on May 20, unanimously approved the following increases to these annual dues amounts: Continue Reading Effective Date for NFA Member Swap Dealer and Major Swap Participant Dues Increases

The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking comments on a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) proposal to adopt a Supplemental Liquidity Schedule (SLS), and instructions thereto, pursuant to FINRA Rule 4524. FINRA Rule 4524 provides in part that each member, as FINRA shall designate, shall file as a supplement to FOCUS Reports such additional financial or operational schedules or reports as FINRA may deem necessary. The proposed SLS, which would be filed as a supplement to the FOCUS Report, would be required to be filed by (1) each carrying member with at least $25 million in free credit balances, as outlined under Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (SEA) Rule 15c3-3(a)(8); and (2) any member with at least $1 billion in aggregate outstanding repurchase agreements, securities loan contracts and bank loans, as reported on their most recent FOCUS Report. Continue Reading Notice of Filing of a Proposed Rule Change to Adopt a Supplemental Liquidity Schedule

On May 20, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) proposed to the European Commission (Commission) a permanent reduction to the threshold to notify net short positions on shares to EU national competent authorities (NCAs) from 0.2 percent to 0.1 percent. Continue Reading ESMA Recommends Permanently Lowering the Reporting Threshold for Net Short Positions to 0.1 Percent

On May 18, a speech by the European Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union was published outlining elements of the anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) action plan that the European Commission (Commission) intends to present further and reform. Continue Reading European Commissioner Speech on AML and CTF Action Plan Reforms

On April 11, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued Regulatory Notice 21-18 (Notice) in response to increasing reports from customers experiencing customer account takeover (ATO) incidents. Continue Reading FINRA Shares Practices Firms Use to Protect Customers from Online Account Takeover Attempts