On October 27, the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a public directive to clarify the CFTC’s use of staff letters and guidance. In his remarks, Chairman Tarbert highlighted the purpose and binding nature of no-action letters, interpretive letters, staff guidance (including advisories and FAQs) and exemptive letters. Specifically:
Continue Reading CFTC Chairman Tarbert Issues Statement on the Use of Staff Letters and Guidance

On October 29, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that the Division of Enforcement (Division) issued new guidance for its staff related to the recognition of a registrant’s self-reporting, cooperation or remediation in CFTC enforcement orders. The Division has not changed its existing process of how the enforcement staff will consider reductions in penalties in

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will hold an open meeting on Monday, November 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET, to consider amendments to Part 50 clearing requirement exemptions for central banks, sovereigns, international financial institutions, bank holding companies and community development financial institutions.

The meeting is open to the public via streaming or

On October 21, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an advisory to futures commission merchants (FCMs) regarding the holding of virtual currency in segregated accounts. The advisory, Letter No. 20-34, provides guidance to FCMs on how to hold and report certain deposited virtual currency from customers in connection with physically delivered futures contracts or swaps and how to maintain appropriate risk management programs concerning the acceptance of virtual currencies as customer funds.
Continue Reading CFTC Staff Issues Advisory on Virtual Currency for Futures Commission Merchants

On October 22, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission, at their first-ever joint open meeting, approved (1) a joint final rule to lower the margin requirement for an unhedged security futures position from 20 percent to 15 percent, which was approved over the dissents of Commissioners Lee and Crenshaw of

On October 15, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted new rules on position limits. As described in greater detail in Katten’s advisory, CFTC Adopts New Position Limit Requirements, the new rules (1) set forth federal position limits for 25 different futures contracts; (2) enhance the roles played by exchanges in setting limits and granting

On October 13, the Division of Market Oversight (DMO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued two no-action letters that provide limited relief from swap transaction and pricing data reporting requirements for specific derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) and market participants that take part in upcoming DCO auctions intended to assist in transitioning certain cleared swaps

On October 15, at the same open meeting in which it approved the final rule on position limits, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission unanimously approved two other unrelated final rules.

The first final rule extends the compliance date one year, from September 1, 2021 to September 1, 2022, for margin requirements for uncleared swaps for swap dealers and major swap participants for which there is no banking regulator. This rule will be effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.
Continue Reading CFTC Approves Certain Final Rules Amending Margin Requirements for Certain Uncleared Swaps and Exemptions From Registration for Certain Foreign Intermediaries

On October 6, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued Notice I-20-37 to announce changes to the no-action relief that had previously been issued relating to fingerprinting requirements for applicants for registration as an associated person (AP) and natural person principals of an applicant or registrant found at NFA Registration Rules 204(a)(2)(A) and 206(a)(1)(A).
Continue Reading NFA Issues Notice on Expiration of Temporary Relief from Fingerprinting Requirements