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CFTC Announces 2018 Agricultural Commodity Futures Conference

Posted in CFTC
On November 15, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it will host, together with the Center for Risk Management Education and Research at Kansas State University, a new two-day event called Protecting America’s Agricultural Markets: An Agricultural Commodity Futures Conference on April 5–6, 2018. The conference will take place in Overland Park, Kansas, and… Continue Reading

CFTC’s Division of Clearing and Risk Provides No-Action Relief to Certain Foreign Financial Institutions From Swap Clearing Requirements

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On November 7, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) published Staff Letters 17-57, 17-58 and 17-59 (Staff Letters), which provided Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica, the European Stability Mechanism, and the North American Development Bank, respectively, with no-action relief from the swap clearing requirements set forth in Section 2(h)(1)… Continue Reading

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Swaps Executed as Part of Packaged Transactions

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On October 31, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight extended no-action relief for certain swaps executed as part of packaged transactions. Transactions where at least one swap is subject to a trade execution requirement and either (1) at least one individual component is a bond issued and sold in the primary market… Continue Reading

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief to SEFs Related to Certain Audit Trail Requirements

Posted in CFTC
On October 31, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight extended no-action relief to swap execution facilities (SEFs) from the requirement to capture post-execution allocation information in their audit trail data. To rely on the no-action relief, SEFs must (1) have a rule requiring market participations to provide post-execution allocation information upon request… Continue Reading

CFTC Grants Amended Order With Respect to Foreign Futures Contracts Listed on the Dubai Mercantile Exchange

Posted in CFTC
On October 31, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an order to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and its clearing members that are registered futures commission merchants with regard to foreign futures contracts currently listed or that will be listed in the future for trading on the Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME) and cleared by the… Continue Reading

CFTC Extends Swap Dealer De Minimis Threshold Until December 2019

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
On October 26, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an Order that maintains the swap dealer de minimis threshold at $8 billion until a new de minimis threshold phase-in termination date of December 31, 2019. Prior to the Order, the threshold was set to decrease to $3 billion on December 31, 2018. The CFTC continues… Continue Reading

Three Developments Concerning EU-US Cross-Border Swaps

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives, Dodd-Frank Developments, EU Developments
On October 13, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the European Commission (EC) made three announcements that are significant for cross-border swap activity between the United States and Europe. CFTC Margin Rule Comparability Determination. The CFTC has made a determination that the margin rules for uncleared swaps that apply in the European Union are comparable to… Continue Reading

CFTC Clarifies That Variation Margin Constitutes Settlement

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
The Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an interpretive letter clarifying that payments of variation margin, price alignment amounts and other payments in satisfaction of outstanding exposures on a counterparty’s cleared swap positions constitute “settlement” under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC Regulation 39.14. The CEA… Continue Reading

CFTC Conducts DCO Liquidity Stress Tests

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
The Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued a report summarizing stress tests conducted by three derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs): the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), ICE Clear US (ICUS) and LCH Ltd (LCH). During the stress tests, DCR evaluated whether each DCO could obtain, in a timely manner,… Continue Reading

CFTC Issues Primer on Cryptocurrencies

Posted in CFTC
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s LabCFTC has issued a primer on cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology. The primer is the first in a series that is intended to provide the public with educational information on financial technology innovation. In the primer, LabCFTC highlights various risks inherent in cryptocurrencies, including operational risks, cybersecurity risks, speculative risks… Continue Reading

CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight Issues No-Action Letter Providing Reporting Parties With Additional Relief From OCR Final Rule Reporting Obligations

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On September 25, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Market Oversight (DMO) issued Staff Letter No. 17-45 (Staff Letter), which both extends current relief, and provides additional relief, to reporting parties that must comply with the reporting obligations required by the ownership and control reports (OCR) final rule (OCR Final Rule). DMO is… Continue Reading

CFTC Approves Delegated Authority Provisions Related to Designated Contract Markets

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On September 26, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) adopted final rules delegating to the Director of the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) (or such employee or employees as the Director designates) the authority to notify each designated contract market (DCM) whether it is classified as a “covered DCM” (as defined in CFTC Regulation… Continue Reading

CFTC Provides No-Action Relief From CPO and CTA Registration to a Private University

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On September 13, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO or Division) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) granted no-action relief from commodity pool operator (CPO) and commodity trading advisor (CTA) registration to a private university, subject to certain conditions. At issue was (1) the university’s collective management of an… Continue Reading

CFTC Provides No-Action Relief From Commission Regulation 4.7(b)(2) Reporting Requirements

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The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO or Division) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) recently granted no-action relief from the reporting requirements of CFTC Rule 4.7(b)(2) to a commodity pool operator (CPO) of two commodity pools, subject to certain conditions. CFTC Rule 4.7(b)(2) places a reporting requirement on a… Continue Reading

CFTC Suspends Need of Formal Notice for Position Disaggregation Relief

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On August 10, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the CFTC) issued no-action relief, eliminating the need for certain persons otherwise required to aggregate positions with certain other persons for CFTC position limit purposes to pro-actively file with the CFTC, beginning August 14, formal written notices supporting disaggregation of positions with such other persons relying on… Continue Reading

CFTC Releases Rule Enforcement Review of the North American Derivatives Exchange

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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission Division of Market Oversight (DMO) recently released the results of a rule enforcement review of the North American Derivatives Exchange Inc. (Nadex). The review covered a one-year target period and evaluated Nadex’s compliance with elements of Core Principles 2 (Compliance with Rules) and 12 (Protection of Markets and Market Participants),… Continue Reading

SEC Cautions Securities Laws May Apply to Interests in Virtual Organizations

Posted in Broker-Dealer, CFTC
On July 25, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a Report of Investigation cautioning that certain offers and sales of digital assets of virtual organizations (e.g., “coin offerings” or “token sales”) could be deemed securities offerings and therefore subject to the federal securities laws. More details relating to the Report of Investigation are available in… Continue Reading

CFTC Grants DCO Registration to LedgerX

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order granting LedgerX LLC registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO). As specified in the order, LedgerX is permitted to clear fully collateralized digital currency swaps. A transaction will be fully collateralized if LedgerX holds, at all times, funds in the form of the required payment sufficient… Continue Reading

CFTC Extends Relief From Transaction-Level Requirements for Non-US Swap Dealers

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, the Division of Clearing and Risk and the Division of Market Oversight (collectively, the Divisions) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have extended relief previously provided in a series of previous no-action letters relating to transaction-level requirements for non-US swap dealers (non-US SDs). Specifically, the Divisions have… Continue Reading

NFA Adopts Interpretive Notice on Swap Valuation Disputes

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
National Futures Association (NFA) has adopted an interpretive notice that standardizes the process for filing swap valuation disputes with NFA. As set forth in the interpretive notice, swap dealers (SDs) generally are required to file with NFA notices of unresolved swap valuation disputes involving initial margin, variation margin and/or transaction or portfolio valuations if the… Continue Reading

NFA Adopts 4s Attestation Process for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants

Posted in CFTC, Derivatives
National Futures Association (NFA) has revised the process by which each swap dealer (SD) and major swap participant (MSP) applicant demonstrates its ability to comply with Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulations implementing Section 4s of the Commodity Exchange Act (4s Regulations), including but not limited to regulations relating to capital and margin requirements, reporting and… Continue Reading

CFTC Announces Review of Swaps Reporting Regulations

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On July 10, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (Division) issued Staff Letter 17-33 (Staff Letter), which announced the launch of a comprehensive review of swap data reporting requirements. The review will focus on existing regulations with the goal of (1) ensuring the CFTC receives accurate, complete and high-quality data regarding swap… Continue Reading

CFTC Issues Conditional No-Action Relief From Swap Data Repository Reporting

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On June 30, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight and Division of Clearing and Risk (Divisions) provided conditional no-action relief to Cantor Futures Exchange, L.P. (CX), Cantor Clearinghouse, L.P. (CC) and the North American Derivatives Exchange, Inc. (Nadex) from reporting certain information to a swap data repository (SDR), subject to certain conditions.… Continue Reading