On July 8, the staff of the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a report containing data and analysis concerning possible exclusions from the calculation of the swap dealer de minimis registration threshold for swaps executed on a regulated exchange and/or cleared by a derivatives clearing organization.
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The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an advisory clarifying that the initial margin documentation requirement for swap dealers does not apply until the initial margin amount exceeds the regulatory posting threshold of $50 million (which is measured on a group basis). More specifically, DSIO’s

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an order granting registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) to Eris Clearing, LLC. The order permits Eris Clearing to clear fully collateralized virtual currency futures contracts. These contracts will be listed for trading on Eris Clearing’s affiliate, Eris Exchange, LLC.
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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight and Division of Clearing and Risk have issued CFTC Staff Advisory 19-17 (the Advisory), providing 1) guidance with respect to CFTC Rule 1.56(b); and 2) time-limited no-action relief with respect to CFTC Rule 39.13(g)(8)(iii), as those rules relate to the treatment of separate accounts of the same customer (i.e., beneficial owner). The Advisory responds to several requests for guidance following the publication of Joint Audit Committee (JAC) Regulatory Alerts #19-02 and #19-03.
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On June 25, 2019, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it had approved the application of LedgerX LLC (LedgerX) for designation as a contract market under Section 5 of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and Part 38 of the CFTC’s regulations. LedgerX has been registered with the CFTC as a swap execution facility and

On June 25, 2019, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission published for comment a proposed amendment to CFTC Regulation 30.10. Part 30 of the CFTC’s regulations govern the offer and sale of foreign futures and options to customers located in the United States. Among other requirements, Regulation 30.4 requires any person that solicits or accepts orders for execution on a foreign board of trade and that, in connection therewith, accepts any money or securities to margin any resulting contracts, to be registered with the CFTC as a futures commission merchant (FCM). Regulation 30.10 authorizes the CFTC to exempt from registration as an FCM any person located outside of the U.S. that the CFTC finds is subject to a comparable regulatory structure in the jurisdiction in which it is located. Requests for exemption are generally filed by a non-U.S. regulatory authority or self-regulatory organization on behalf of their registrants.
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On June 27, 2019, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a no-action relief (No Action Letter) for registered floor traders from compliance with certain conditions of a CFTC regulation related to the de minimis exception to the swap dealer definition.

Under paragraph (6)(iv) of the swap dealer definition in CFTC regulation 1.3, a registered floor trader does not need to consider cleared swaps executed on or subject to the rules of a designated contract market (DCM) or swap execution facility (SEF Cleared Swaps) when determining whether it is a swap dealer, provided certain conditions are satisfied. The No Action Letter clarifies that the exemption is available even if the registered floor trader: (1) enters into swaps other than DCM and SEF Cleared Swaps; and (2) directly, or through an affiliated person, negotiates the terms of those other swaps. The No Action Letter also removes the condition that a registered floor trader must submit periodic risk reports as required by CFTC regulation 23.600(c)(2).


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On June 20, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued Notice to Members I-19-15 (Notice), announcing the approval of a $1,750 annual surcharge (Surcharge) on certain NFA members, including futures commission merchants for which NFA is the designated self-regulatory organization, introducing brokers, commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors that are approved as swap firms pursuant to NFA Bylaw 301(l)1. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently approved an amendment to NFA Bylaw 1301 that allows for the Surcharge (for additional information regarding the amendment, please refer to the May 24, 2019 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest). The NFA Board of Directors determined to impose the Surcharge because NFA does not currently assess any fees related to its oversight of the swaps activities of member firms.

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