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On February 10, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued a series of Notices to Members containing an overview of the educational resources available to Members in different registration categories to assist them in meeting their regulatory obligations, identifying common deficiencies noted during NFA examinations and providing links to other Notices regarding recent amendments to NFA Rules and Interpretive Notices applicable to certain Members.…
On December 3, the National Futures Association (NFA) proposed amendments to various NFA Compliance Rules and Interpretive Notices related to discretionary customer accounts, customer information, risk disclosures and bunched orders to apply to cleared swaps, in addition to other minor amendments. Most notably, NFA proposal would amend the following:…
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 affirm the applicable notice of exemption within 60 days of the calendar year end, which is February 29, 2020 for…
On November 29, the National Futures Association (NFA) proposed an amendment to NFA Bylaw 1301(e) to reduce assessments for each order segment fee a Forex Dealer Member (FDM) submits to NFA’s Forex Transaction Reporting Execution Surveillance System (FORTRESS). Currently, each FDM is required to pay an assessment of $.004 on each order segment submitted to FORTRESS. NFA has proposed lowering the assessment to $.003, and such proposal may become effective as early as 10 days…
On November 5, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved Foreign Board of Trade (FBOT) registration applications for three non-US exchanges to allow their members and other US participants to enter orders directly into their respective trade matching systems. The FBOTs receiving such approvals were: 1) Euronext Amsterdam N.V.; 2) Euronext Paris SA; and 3) the European Energy Exchange of Germany, bringing the total number of FBOTs registered with the CFTC to 21.…
On November 1, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued Notice to Members I-19-22, announcing that NFA’s Swap Proficiency Requirements would launch and become accessible online on January 31, 2020 (Swap Proficiency Requirements). Each NFA Member with associated persons required to take the Swap Proficiency Requirements must designate at least one Swaps Proficiency Requirements Administrator who will coordinate enrollment and track progress. The NFA Notice to Members is available here.…
On September 13, the CFTC and European Commission issued a joint statement reaffirming their mutual commitment to transatlantic cooperation among regulators (Joint Statement). The Joint Statement was released following a September 5 meeting between CFTC Chairman Heath Tarbert and John Berrigan, Deputy Director General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA), European Commission.…
On September 16, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) unanimously approved 1) a final rule on security futures product (SFP) position limits and position accountability for (Final Rule); and 2) a proposed rule on public rulemaking procedures (Proposed Rule).…
On August 26, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission published a request for nominations (including self-nominations) for associate members of the Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC). The EEMAC is an advisory committee that conducts public meetings and submits recommendations to the CFTC regarding energy and environmental markets and regulation. The CFTC also invited public comment on potential topics for future EEMAC meetings. The deadline for both submissions is September 20. More information is available…