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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On March 19, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) released Regulatory Notice 19-08 to provide guidance to members for reporting lease assets and liabilities on their FOCUS reports. FINRA’s notice follows an October 2018 No-Action Letter (the No-Action Letter) in which the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets (the Staff) addressed the treatment of operating leases under Securities Exchange Act Rule 15c3-1 in connection with the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Update for Leases.
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On February 20, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) published Staff Letter 18-03, which extends the time-limited no-action relief provided in Staff Letter 16-85 for entities submitting swaps for clearing by derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) operating under (1) exemptive orders issued by the CFTC; or (2) no-action relief granted by the CFTC’s Division of Clearing and Risk (Relief DCOs). (For a complete discussion of the relief provided by Staff Letter 16-85, please refer to the January 6, 2017 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest).
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On January 5, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued a no-action letter authorizing registered futures commission merchants and introducing brokers to exclude deferred tax liabilities that are directly related to the capitalized costs of certain non-allowable assets when computing their adjusted net capital under Regulation 1.17. The tax

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, the Division of Clearing and Risk and the Division of Market Oversight (collectively, the Divisions) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have extended relief previously provided in a series of previous no-action letters relating to transaction-level requirements for non-US swap dealers (non-US SDs). Specifically, the Divisions have granted relief to non-US SDs from certain specified “transaction-level requirements” when using personnel or agents located in the United States to arrange, negotiate or execute swaps with non-US persons that are not guaranteed affiliates or conduit affiliates of a US person.
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On June 21, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it issued an Order of Registration to the Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME), a Foreign Board of Trade located in the Dubai International Financial Centre. The Order of Registration allows the DME to provide direct access to its electronic order entry and trade matching system to its members and other participants located in the United States. The DME previously offered direct access to US participants pursuant to CFTC No-Action Letter 07-06, which was automatically withdrawn upon the issuance of the DME’s Order of Registration.
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On May 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR) issued No-Action Letter 17-26, which extends relief previously granted to the Shanghai Clearing House under CFTC No-Action Letter 16-56. CFTC No-Action Letter 16-56 is effective until (and excluding) May 31.
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On April 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued No-Action Letter 17-22, which extends relief previously granted under CFTC No-Action Letter 17-05. CFTC No-Action Letter 17-05 allowed certain swap dealers to substitute compliance with the non-centrally cleared OTC derivative margin requirements applicable in the European Union (the

The Division of Trading and Markets (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission has updated its no-action relief to broker-dealers and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives dealers from the requirement to file annual and supplemental reports with the SEC in paper form. The Division had previously issued a no-action letter in December 2015 that provided relief to broker-dealers and OTC derivatives dealers from the requirement to file the reports in paper form so long as the reports are filed using the SEC’s EDGAR system. The 2015 letter detailed the procedures for filing reports using the EDGAR system.
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