Latest Articles

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will host an open meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at which it expects to cover the following topics: notice of proposed rulemaking regarding amendments to regulations on certain swap data depository and swap data reporting requirements; notice of proposed rulemaking regarding amendments to derivatives clearing organization general provisions and Core Principles; requirements applicable to swap dealers and major swap participants under UK law following a no-deal Brexit;…
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…
On March 20, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) released Regulatory Notice 19-09, which reminds members of their obligations under Securities Exchange Act Rule 15c2-11 and FINRA Rule 6432 (Compliance with the Information Requirements of Rule 15c2-11). Rule 15c2-11 prohibits a broker-dealer from publishing (or submitting for publication) a quotation in an unlisted security on a quotation medium unless the broker-dealer has reviewed current information regarding the issuer of the security. With respect to…
On February 15, four members of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commissioner Stump recused herself) filed a comment letter regarding the standardized approach for calculating the exposure amount of derivative contracts proposed by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the Agencies). In 2018, the Agencies proposed a standardized approach for measuring counterparty credit risk (SA-CCR), which would replace…
On January 22, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued its annual Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter. This year’s letter includes a number of new areas for firms to consider in seeking to improve their compliance, supervisory and risk management programs.…
On December 19, the US Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had voted to conduct a Transaction Fee Pilot in national market system (NMS) stocks, following a recommendation from the Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee. The SEC is initiating the Pilot to study the effects of exchange transaction fee and rebate pricing models on order routing behavior, execution quality and market quality generally, and to assess whether further regulatory action is required in this…
On November 27, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s LabCFTC released “A CFTC Primer on Smart Contracts” to provide information on a variety of financial technology (FinTech) topics. LabCFTC is a hub designed for the CFTC to engage with the FinTech community. The primer defines a “smart contract” as “a set of coded computer functions” that may or may not be a binding contractual agreement. Among other attributes, smart contracts can authenticate the identities of parties…
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has announced that its Market Risk Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on December 4. The meeting will be held at CFTC’s headquarters in Washington, DC beginning at 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public. The Committee will receive a report from the Interest Rate Benchmark Reform Subcommittee, followed by panels that will consider (1) clearinghouse risk management and governance; (2) non-default losses in recovery and resolution; (3) central…
On November 19, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule to amend its margin requirements for uncleared swaps for swap dealers and major swap participants for which there is no prudential regulator (CFTC Margin Rule). As a part of the Project KISS initiative, the amendments were designed to harmonize the CFTC Margin Rule with related rules that certain prudential regulators have adopted (QFC Rules).…
On August 29, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (Division) issued a no-action letter confirming that it will not recommend enforcement action against a futures commission merchant (FCM) if the accountant’s audit opinion included in the FCM’s annual financial report does not include “critical audit matters” (or the absence thereof) as required by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) standards. CFTC regulations generally require accountants engaged in audits…