At its open meeting on June 4, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) unanimously approved a final rule prohibiting persons from seeking to claim a Commodity Pool Operator registration exemption under CFTC Rule 4.13 who are, or whose principals are, subject to any of the statutory disqualifications listed in Section 8a(2) of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA).
Continue Reading CFTC Unanimously Approves Final Rule Regarding CPO Registration Exemption

On April 14, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) at its open meeting unanimously approved two proposed rules regarding (1) amendments to Form CPO-PQR and related filing requirements for commodity pool oOperators (CPOs); and (2) amendments to the rules governing the treatment of swaps entered into by certain financial institutions.
Continue Reading CFTC Approves Proposed Rules on Filing Requirements for CPOs and Clearing Requirements for Certain Institutions

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued no-action relief to commodity pool operators (CPOs) extending the upcoming filing deadlines for required pool quarterly reports on CFTC Form CPO-PQR, as well as annual reports and periodic account statements provided to pool participants. National Futures Association (NFA) also issued similar relief to CPOs for pool quarterly reporting requirements on NFA Form PQR and to commodity trading advisors (CTAs) for quarterly filings on NFA Form PR.
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On March 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a Customer Advisory warning the public to watch for fraudulent schemes attempting to profit from recent market volatility stemming from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The CFTC identified common fraud tactics often used during major news events (such as the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic), including the following:
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On January 27, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued a notice to members as a reminder that the effective date for NFA’s Swaps Proficiency Requirements (Requirements) is January 31, and that the Requirements must be completed by applicable individuals by the January 31, 2021 compliance date. The Requirements are now available online here.
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On December 18, National Futures Association (NFA) announced that its recent amendments to NFA Compliance Rule 2-34 and two interpretive notices relating to performance reporting and disclosures by commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors will take effect on February 1, 2020.

More information about the amendments is available in the September 6 edition of

On December 2, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued Notice I-19-29 reminding NFA members that any person claiming an exemption from commodity pool operator (CPO) registration under CFTC Regulation 4.13(a)(1), 4.13(a)(2), 4.13(a)(3), 4.13(a)(5), an exclusion from CPO registration under CFTC Regulation 4.5 or an exemption from commodity trading advisors (CTA) registration under 4.14(a)(8) must annually

On November 13, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued Notice to Members 1-19-25, announcing that amendments to NFA Compliance Rule 2-29 and NFA Compliance 2-36 will become effective on January 1, 2020.  Compliance Rules 2-29 and 2-36 and related Interpretive Notices establish requirements for an NFA Member’s communications with the public and use of promotional material.

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