On July 22, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted rules (Final Rules) that set minimum financial capital requirements for swap dealers (SDs) and major swap participants (MSPs) that are not subject to prudential regulation (each, a “Covered Swap Entity” or CSE). The capital requirements were originally proposed in 2016, as explained in more detail here.

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Continue Reading CFTC Adopts Final Capital Requirements for Swap Dealers

On June 2, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued Notice I-20-23 to advise member futures commission merchants (FCMs), forex dealers members (FDMs) and introducing brokers (IBs) that the Joint Audit Committee had recently issued Regulatory Alert #20-01 to remind these registrants of the appropriate net capital treatment of guaranteed obligations and liabilities of subsidiaries or affiliates.
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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission Divisions of Market Oversight (DMO), Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO), and Clearing and Risk (DCR) (together, the Divisions) issued CFTC Letter 20-17 to remind Designated Contract Markets (DCMs), Futures Commission Merchants (FCMs) and Derivatives Clearing Organizations (DCOs) of their obligations to prepare for extreme market volatility, low liquidity and possibly negative pricing for certain contracts. The Divisions issued the advisory in light of unusually high volatility and negative pricing experienced in the May 2020 West Texas Intermediate (WTI), Light Sweet Crude Oil Futures contract on April 20 (the penultimate day of trading and expiration of the contract), although the guidance also applies to trading in other commodities.
Continue Reading CFTC Staff Issues Advisory Addressing Current Market Conditions

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

At the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) open meeting on April 14, the CFTC unanimously approved proposed amendments to Part 190 of its rules governing bankruptcy proceedings of commodity brokers, including futures commission merchants (FCMs) and derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs). The proposed amendments are intended to comprehensively update Part 190 to reflect current market practices. Among other revisions, the proposed amendments to Part 190 would:
Continue Reading CFTC Approves Proposed Amendments to Its Bankruptcy Rules

On March 31, the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued Staff Letter No. 20-12 (Letter), announcing temporary no-action relief (Relief) that allows certain non-US entities, that are exempt from registration with the CFTC as introducing brokers pursuant to CFTC Regulation 30.5 (Foreign Brokers), and which are affiliates of futures commission merchants (FCMs) registered with the CFTC, to handle US order flow under certain conditions.
Continue Reading CFTC Provides Relief to Certain Foreign Affiliates of FCMs in Response to COVID-19

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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