On April 8, the Market Participants Division (MPD), Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR), Division of Data (DOD) and Division of Market Oversight (DMO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission jointly issued no-action relief, effective immediately, to maintain the regulatory status quo for swap dealers (SD) following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the

On April 14, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Market Participants Division (MPD) and Division of Market Oversight (DMO) jointly issued CFTC Staff Letter 21-10 to extend, for a limited time, parts of the temporary no-action relief granted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which expired on April 15.
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On April 6, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Office of Customer Education and Outreach (OCEO) issued a Customer Advisory, reminding investors to understand fully how commodity futures markets, physical markets and securities markets differ before engaging in trading activity based on tips or other information communicated through social media.
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On March 31, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued Notice I-21-14 advising member firms that are registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as swap dealers (SDs), that NFA rules adopting minimum capital and financial reporting requirements will become effective October 6.

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On March 17, Acting Chairman Rostin Benham of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that he has created a new Climate Risk Unit (CRU) to focus on the role of derivatives in mitigating climate-related risks and helping the economy transition to lower carbon usage. The CRU includes staff from across the CFTC’s various divisions and officers and represents the next step in years of climate leadership for the CFTC (including last year’s publication of the Market Risk Advisory Committee’s Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee’s report on Managing Climate Risk in the US Financial System).
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On March 11, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an advisory to announce that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has updated its list of jurisdictions with strategic anti-money laundering and combatting the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) deficiencies.
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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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