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CFTC

Busy Day in Washington Leads to Raft of Rule Changes

On Thursday, June 25, five federal regulatory agencies finalised a rule modifying the Volcker rule’s prohibition on banking entities investing in or sponsoring hedge funds or private equity funds – known as covered funds. The rule takes effect on October 1. The agencies included the Federal Reserve Board, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the […]

Takeover of Gain Proceeds: Firm gets Hit by CFTC

It has been a hectic week for Gain Capital, with, just days after 71.2% of its shareholders agreed to the terms of the takeover by INTL FC Stone, the being hit by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) over client onboarding irregularities at its UK arm. Just over 85% of the votes cast at […]

CFTC Extends IM Compliance for Larger Firms

As the US and much of the world faces a Black Swan event in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman Heath Tarbert today announced a one year extension for larger entities facing compliance with initial margin (IM) requirements for uncleared swaps, making the new compliance date September 1, 2021 […]

CFTC Files Charges in $20 Million Options, Digital Asset Scheme

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a multi-million dollar fraud action in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, charging three individuals and three companies with fraudulently soliciting tens of millions of customers and prospective customers to open and fund off-exchange binary options and digital asset trading accounts. These accounts traded […]

CFTC Commissioner Calls for Agency to Table Non-Critical Work

In the wake of a vote today on digital assets action, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) commissioner Rostin Behnam today called on the agency to focus its sights on monitoring market and institutional stability and resiliency. “We are collectively facing uncertainty in all aspects of our personal and professional lives as a result of COVID-19, […]

CFTC Issues Final Guidance on Delivery for Digital Assets

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced the commission voted unanimously to approve final interpretive guidance concerning retail commodity transactions involving certain digital assets. Specifically, the guidance clarifies the CFTC’s views regarding the “actual delivery” exception to Section 2(c)(2)(D) of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) in the context of digital assets that serve as […]

CFTC Extends Relief for UMR

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Heath Tarbert today released a statement outlining the commission’s unanimous vote last night to finalise a one-year extension of the initial margin compliance deadline for market participants with the smallest uncleared swaps portfolios. “I am committed to ensuring that initial margin remains a core risk-mitigating component of the global […]

CFTC Praised for Relief to Market Participants

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued a raft of no-action letters granting market participants relief from several regulatory requirements. The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued the letters providing temporary, targeted relief to futures commission merchants (FCMs), introducing brokers, swap dealers, retail foreign exchange dealers, floor brokers, and other […]

In the FICC of It

On this week’s podcast Colin Lambert casts his eye over the week’s news, before he is joined by Matthew Kulkin, partner at US law firm Steptoe, and former director of the CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, to discuss all matters regulatory. Lambert is pleased to find out that one of his observations […]

CFTC Unanimously Approves Reporting Rule Changes

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has unanimously approved two proposed rules to revise CFTC regulations for swap data reporting, dissemination, and public reporting requirements for market participants. The Commission also unanimously approved re-opening the comment period of a proposed rule to amend certain agency regulations related to swap data repositories. All three measures […]