National Futures Association (NFA) has provided limited relief to commodity trading advisors (CTAs) who are also registered investment advisers from compliance with certain portions of NFA Rule 2-29 “Communications with the Public and Promotional Material” and a related Interpretive Notice. Generally, CTAs presenting past performance in promotional materials are required to include performance net of all commissions, fees and expenses. With this relief, CTAs who are also registered as investment advisers with the Securities and Exchange Commission may present past performance to eligible contract participants (ECPs) on a gross basis in non-public one-on-one presentations, if the CTA:
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On April 22, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published a no-action letter providing guidance for futures commission merchants (FCMs) and introducing brokers (IBs) in connection with calculating the FCM’s or IB’s net capital under CFTC Regulation 1.17. Pursuant to the no-action letter, the CFTC will not bring an enforcement action against an FCM or

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced a competition, called “Project Streetlamp,” which challenges participants to use artificial intelligence or other tools to identify unregistered foreign entities potentially engaging in illegal activity subject to the CFTC’s jurisdiction and automatically add such entities to the CFTC’s Registration Deficient (RED) List. The competition is ongoing and is

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that it has issued an Order of Designation to Bitnomial Exchange, LLC (Bitnomial Exchange), granting it status as a designated contract market (DCM), effective April 20, 2020. Located in Chicago, Bitnomial Exchange is a limited liability company formed under Delaware state law. Bitnomial Exchange must comply with all

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is requesting public comment on a proposed rule that generally would prohibit registered persons from serving as a customer’s beneficiary, executor or trustee, or holding a power of attorney or similar position for or on behalf of a customer. The proposed rule also would provide two exceptions from this general prohibition, including (1) instances in which the customer is a member of the registered person’s immediate family and (2) instances in which the member firm approves in advance the relationship. In addition, the proposed rule would require member firms to review and assess these relationships.

Continue Reading FINRA Proposes Limitations on Serving as a Customer’s Beneficiary

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced the creation of a new Subcommittee on Margin Requirements for Non-Cleared Swaps under the Global Markets Advisory Committee (GMAC). The subcommittee will be responsible for examining the implementation of margin requirements for non-cleared swaps and recommending actions to the CFTC to mitigate any related challenges.

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