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CFTC

Gorfine to Exit CFTC

Daniel Gorfine is leaving his position as chief innovation office at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and director of LabCFTC. Gorfine, who also served as designated federal officer of the CFTC’s Technology Advisory Committee, will depart in mid-August to return to the private sector. He had been with the commission since 2017. “We […]

CFTC Names Clearing and Risk Head

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission chair Heath Tarbert has announced the appointment of Malcolm “Clark” Hutchison to serve as director of the Division of Clearing and Risk. In his role, Hutchison will be responsible for the CFTC’s supervision of derivatives clearinghouses and their members, including oversight of clearing processes through risk assessment and surveillance. “The […]

Two Precious Metals Traders Plead Guilty to Spoofing Charges

Two bank precious metals traders have pleaded guilty to spoofing charges brought by US authorities. Former JP Morgan trader John Edmonds and former Scotia Capital trader Corey Flaum both entered into cooperation agreements with the US government and admitted to spoofing and manipulative conduct in futures markets. Flaum also admitted guilt to a related US […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

CFTC Issues No Action Relief Regarding Swap Dealer Rules

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has granted no-action relief to registered floor traders from compliance with rules relating to the “swap dealer” definition. According to the CFTC’s swap dealer definition, a registered floor trader does not need to consider cleared swaps executed on or subject to the rules of a designated contract market (DCM) […]

Kulkin to Leave CFTC

Matthew Kulkin is leave the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) where he was director of its Division of Swap Dealer & Intermediary Oversight (DSIO), later this summer. Kulkin joined CFTC in 2017 to lead the DSIO, the CFTC’s division that primarily oversees derivatives market intermediaries, including swap dealers, futures commission merchants, commodity pool operators, commodity […]