On February 8, the National Futures Association (NFA) released three Notices to Member that cover educational resources, common regulatory and compliance deficiencies, and recent amendments to NFA Rules and Interpretative notices, each aimed at a different audience, as indicated below.
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On December 18, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the creation of a joint venture among multiple SEC divisions and offices to coordinate roles related to the regulation of security-based swaps (SBS) and provide oversight of entities that will be required to register with the SEC (SBS entities).
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On December 23, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a statement and request for comment relating to custody of digital asset securities by broker-dealers, including certain conditional, time-limited relief for such arrangements. The statement will become effective 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register.
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On December 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules that aim to modernize the infrastructure related to the collection, consolidation, and dissemination of market data for exchange-listed national market system stocks (referred to “NMS market data”). These final rules update and expand the content of NMS market data (for example, by adding new data fields and defining existing fields with more granularity) and revise the method by which NMS market data are consolidated and disseminated to make the process more competitive and decentralized. The final rules represent a significant step forward in updating the NMS market data system to keep up with modern market developments, as the rules governing the content of, and the process for sending out, NMS market data has not been materially updated since its implementation in the late 1970s.
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On December 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that its Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology (FinHub), will migrate from its current position within the Division of Corporate Finance and be designated as a stand-alone office. FinHub will continue to be led by Valerie A. Szczepanik, who will become its first director and will report directly to the SEC Chairman. FinHub leads the SEC’s work in encouraging responsible innovation in the financial sector, including through the use of new technologies and business models. FinHub engages directly with market participants to further these efforts.
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