The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has announced that its Global Markets Advisory Committee (GMAC) will hold a meeting on March 11 at 9:00 a.m. (ET). At this meeting, the GMAC will hear presentations and provide dialogue on matters related to retail participation in the derivatives markets.
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On February 12, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued Regulatory Notice 21-04 (Notice), in connection with an amendment to FINRA’s Codes of Arbitration Procedure for Customer and Industry Disputes, regarding certain fees paid to arbitration chairpersons. FINRA Rules 12214 and 13214 were amended to increase the hearing-day chairperson fee from $125 to $250 to better compensate the chairperson for the additional training and responsibilities required of the position. Additionally, the amendments establish a new chairperson fee for an additional $125 for each prehearing conference that the chairperson leads, even if an arbitration case closes without a hearing.
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On February 16, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued an Information Notice (Notice) regarding a new fee rate applicable to specified securities transactions on the exchanges and in the over-the-counter markets. Such fee rate will decrease from its current rate of $22.10 per million dollars in transactions to a new rate of $5.10 per million dollars in transactions.
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On January 13, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Market Participants Division determined that the National Futures Association’s (NFA) swap dealer capital model requirements and review program are comparable with the CFTC’s swap dealer capital model requirements and review program. As a result, a capital model approved by NFA will be accepted as an alternative means of compliance with CFTC Regulation 23.102.
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On December 16, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it adopted a rule to limit the potential for overlapping or duplicative regulation within its security-based swap regulatory regime. Specifically, the rule exempts certain activities of security-based swap execution facilities (SEFs) and security-based swap dealers from triggering the requirement also to register as a clearing agency. The adopted rule is in line with similar exemptions for broker-dealers and national securities exchanges.
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On December 16, the Securities and Exchange Commission voted to adopt final rules that will require resource extraction issuers that are required to file reports under Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) to disclose payments made to the US federal government or foreign governments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas or minerals.
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On November 6, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that it had issued an Order of Registration to ICE Futures Abu Dhabi Limited (IFAD), a Foreign Board of Trade (FBOT) incorporated in the Abu Dhabi Global Market and located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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On October 15, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) released an information notice (Notice) providing additional background on authentication techniques for firms to consider as they implement cybersecurity authentication programs.
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On October 20, the National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) revised the Principal Considerations in Determining Sanctions section of the FINRA Sanction Guidelines to expressly contemplate a customer’s age or physical or mental impairment. In connection therewith, FINRA released Regulatory Notice 20-37.
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On September 22, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued Regulatory Notice 20-33 that requested comment on (1) proposed formal procedures to bring actions against non-associated persons who cheat or misbehave during a FINRA qualification examination and (2) related amendments to FINRA’s registration requirements rule and eligibility proceedings rules.
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