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Trading and Markets Enforcement Report - January 2017

January 2017 - The last several years have seen law enforcement and regulatory bodies sharpen their focus on trading activity in the securities and derivatives markets. This focus has coincided with the advent of new and...more

NFA Proposal Would Require CFTC-Registered Asset Managers to Report on Financial Condition

The National Futures Association’s (NFA’s) latest proposal would require registered commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors to provide new information about their financial condition in quarterly reports to...more

CFTC Proposes Permanent Registration Relief to Certain Non-US Asset Managers

The amendments to the CFTC’s registration rules will codify no-action relief that permits non-US asset managers to rely on an exemption from the requirement to register with the CFTC by virtue of trading uncleared swaps in...more

CFTC Staff Clarifies Registration Relief Available to Non-US Asset Managers

No-action relief confirms that non-US asset managers may rely on an exemption from CFTC registration when trading uncleared swaps in the United States for the accounts of their non-US clients, an issue that had been in doubt...more

Deadline Approaches for Annual CPO/CTA Exemption Filings

Firms must affirm their exemption or exclusion from CPO or CTA registration on the National Futures Association’s Exemption Filing System by February 29....more

1/12/2016  /  CFTC , Commodities , CPO , CTA , Exemptions , Filing Deadlines , NFA

SEC Proposes Requirements for Funds’ Use of Derivatives and Other Financial Transactions

If adopted, the proposed requirements would significantly alter funds’ ability to enter into derivatives and other financial transactions, present new operational challenges, expand reporting requirements, and impose new and...more

Prosecutors Record First-Ever Conviction for ‘Spoofing’: A New Era of Trading Enforcement

Asset managers and other traders should expect aggressive anti-spoofing enforcement and consider reviewing their trading practices in light of this most recent development. On November 3, 2015, a federal jury in...more

National Futures Association Proposes Cybersecurity Guidance for NFA Member Firms

NFA links NFA’s supervisory requirements with its proposed requirements mandating that NFA Members have information systems security programs. The National Futures Association (NFA) has proposed cybersecurity...more

CFTC/SEC Jurisdictional Battle Heats Up Over Dividend Indices

The CFTC recently approved a futures contract on a dividend index as a non-security based index futures contract over the SEC’s objection that the dividend index contract could be a security future; the CFTC’s actions may...more

CFTC Staff Exempts Certain Commodity Trading Advisors from Form CTA-PR Reporting

The reporting relief applies to commodity trading advisors that do not “direct” trading of any client commodity interest trading accounts. On July 23, the CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued...more

CFTC Releases No-Action Letter 14-144

The letter modifies previous No-Action Letter 13-22, to expand relief for treasury affiliates entering into swaps on behalf of non-financial end-user affiliates that could otherwise elect the exception in section 2(h)(7) of...more

CFTC Proposes Amendments to Recordkeeping Rules

Proposed changes would provide permanent relief from compliance with certain recordkeeping requirements and narrow the types of records that must be identifiable by transaction. The December 2012 amendments to...more

Challenges in Requiring High-Frequency Traders to Register as Dealers

SEC Chair Mary Jo White outlined a broad market structure proposal that would require high-frequency traders to register with the SEC as dealers and that could signal the end of the dealer-trader distinction....more

SEC Proposes Enhanced Regulatory Framework for Certain Registered Clearing Agencies

The proposal is consistent with international recommendations and Basel III criteria. On March 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new rules and rule amendments (the Proposal) that would enhance...more

SEC Provides Relief for Familiarization Activities of Foreign Options Markets

The no-action relief provided by the staff of the Division of Trading and Markets is generally consistent with the relief previously provided to foreign options markets. On July 1, the staff of the Securities and...more

Federal Reserve Adopts Retail Forex Rules

Standards for banking organizations regulated by the Federal Reserve for Retail Forex are generally comparable to rules adopted by other regulators. ...more

CFTC Adopts Tape-Recording and Recordkeeping Rules

Final rules require tape recording by futures commission merchants, introducing brokers, retail foreign exchange dealers, and commodity trading advisors; affected CFTC registrants must implement systems to comply by December...more

SEC Permits Portfolio Margining of Credit Default Swaps

Order grants exemptive relief from Exchange Act requirements; parallel CFTC relief expected soon. On December 14, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order granting exemptive relief (Exemptive Order)...more

CFTC Staff No-Action Relief for Family Offices and Fund of Funds Operators

Claims for relief from CPO registration by qualifying family offices and fund of funds operators must be filed by December 31. On November 29, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC's) Division of Swap Dealer...more

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