Basel Committee, IOSCO Agree to One Year Delay on Margin Rules

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) have announced a one year delay to the final phase of the implementation of the margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives. The two bodies say they acknowledge the progress that has been made to implement the framework, the final phase of […]
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Hedge Fund Manager Fined for Mis-Valuing Swaps

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued an Order filing and settling charges against Swapnil Rege, a former portfolio manager for Connecticut-based hedge fund Marinus Capital registered with the CFTC as a commodity pool operator (CPO), for fraudulently mismarking swap valuations to artificially inflate the profits of his employer’s trading book in order to obtain […]
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New Change FX Links with Lucera Connect

New Change FX’s regulated benchmarks and other data products are now available on the Lucera Connect network, allowing for rapid provisioning to existing Lucera Connect clients and workflow integration to LumeFX deployments. “We are seeing increasing demand for our regulated FX data to enable live performance checking of price formation for both makers and takers,” […]
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New CFTC Chairman Names Senior Staffers

New Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman Heath Tarbert has announced a swathe of senior appointments in his first week in charge of the US regulator. Jaime Klima has been named as chief of staff and chief operating officer, she was formerly chief counsel to the office of the chairman of the US Securities and Exchange […]
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New CFTC Chair Vows to “Hit the Ground Running”

As he begins his term today as the 14th chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Heath Tarbert says that he intends to “hit the ground running”. “America’s futures, swaps, and options markets are the global standard. Their integrity is essential to the economic security of every American, particularly our farmers and ranchers. […]
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CFTC Clarifies Uncleared Swap Margin Rules

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued an advisory noting that under its uncleared swap margin rules, the documentation of initial margin will not be required until the initial margin threshold amount exceeds $50 million. The CFTC says that this advisory was issued in furtherance of the March 2019 statement by the Basel Committee […]
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Community Banks Exempted from Volcker Rule

Community banks are set to be exempted from the Volcker Rule. Five US federal financial regulatory agencies have adopted a final rule to exclude community banks from the regulation, a move that they claim is consistent with the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The Volcker Rule generally restricts banking entities from engaging […]
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Quintenz: CFTC Staff De Minimis Report Highlights Need for Change in Regulation

A staff report issued by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Overight (DSIO) has been seized upon by CFTC commission Brian Quintenz to support his argument that the use of notional amounts for the $8 billion de minimis threshold for firms to be considered Swap Dealers is misguided. Quintenz has […]
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Trader Walks Free in Euribor Trial

Former Deutsche Bank trader and managing director Andreas Hauschild has been acquitted of conspiracy to defraud at London’s Southwark Crown Court over the rigging of the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor) after being found not guilty of manipulating the benchmark rate during global financial crisis. The case was brought by the UK”s Serious Fraud Office […]
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Cryptoasset Manager Granted FCA License

Prime Factor Capital (PFC), a London-based cryptoasset management firm, has been granted a license by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to operate as a full-scope Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM). Under the EU’s AIFM Directive (AIFMD), full-scope AIFMs may manage in excess of €100 million in assets, allowing PFC to begin accepting institutional-size tickets. […]
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