Commodities Futures Trading Commission

The United States Commodities Futures Trading Commission was created in 1974 to regulate commodity futures and option markets. The Commission’s mission is to protect market participants and the public from... more +
The United States Commodities Futures Trading Commission was created in 1974 to regulate commodity futures and option markets. The Commission’s mission is to protect market participants and the public from fraud, abuse, and systemic risk associated with derivatives subject to the Commodities Exchange Act. In 2010, as a result of the Frank-Dodd Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection, the Commission’s role was expanded to include drafting rules for regulating the swaps marketplace. less -
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CFTC Extends Relief for Non-US Swap Dealers from Transaction-Level Requirements

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Division of Clearing and Risk and the Division of Market Oversight (Divisions) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have extended the no-action relief previously...more

CFTC Agricultural Advisory Committee to Meet on December 9

The Agricultural Advisory Committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will convene on December 9 to discuss deliverable supplies of agricultural commodities and related implications for position limits and the...more

CFTC Proposes to Revise Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

On August 13, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission published for comment an interpretation to clarify the circumstances in which a contract that provides for variations in delivery amount (i.e., embedded volumetric...more

CFTC Grants Family Offices Relief From Registration as Commodity Trading Advisors

The CFTC previously granted family offices no-action relief from registration as commodity pool operators. That letter did not provide an exemption from registration as a commodity trading advisor. However, the CFTC has...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2014 #4

In this issue: - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Bank Structure - Compensation - Consumer Protection - Derivatives - Enforcement - Financial Market...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 46

In this issue: - US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Grants Petition for Rehearing of Decision on Conflicts Minerals Rule - Register for Our 2015 Proxy Season Update Webinar - SEC...more

CFTC Proposes Important Clarification on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality

The CFTC has published an important proposed clarification to its seven element test regarding forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality (EVO). The proposed interpretation provides that a contract for deferred...more

CFTC Launches National Campaign to Protect Consumers

On November 19, the CFTC launched CFTC SmartCheck, a new national campaign to help investors identify and protect themselves against financial fraud....more

As Bitcoin Gains Momentum, Focus on Regulation Increases

The virtual currency market has emerged in the United Arab Emirates with Dubai’s first Bitcoin ATM introduced in April 2014. Middle East entrepreneurs have begun launching Bitcoin payment products and SMEs are beginning to...more

CFTC Proposes to Fix Problematic Oral Communication Recordkeeping Rule

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) held an open meeting in early November 2014 at which it discussed and proposed, among other agenda items, amendments to rules regarding recordkeeping related to commodity...more

Bridging the Week - November 2014 #3

Five Banks Penalized US $3.1 Billion by CFTC and UK FCA for Attempted Manipulation of FX Benchmark Rates; OCC Fines Two of the Banks and One More an Additional US $950 Million - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

CFTC Issues Further Relief for Package Transactions

The Division of Market Oversight (DMO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued an extension of no-action relief for swap execution facilities (SEFs), designated contract markets (DCMs) and swap counterparties...more

An Instant Message from the CFTC: Preserve Communications – Enforcement Is Up!

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) released its annual enforcement review for 2014. The results—an impressive list of enforcement action success coupled with record fines. There were over $3.27 billion in...more

"CFTC Fine-Tunes Rules, Emphasizing Relief for Commercial End-Users"

On November 3, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) approved three proposals that Chairman Timothy Massad described as “fine tuning” certain of the CFTC’s rules “to make sure they do not impose...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 21 • November 2014 (Global)

Criminal securities fraud charges filed against Bitcoin operator. US federal prosecutors filed the first criminal securities fraud charges involving a virtual currency. Trendon Shavers, who founded Bitcoin Savings and...more

Prudential Regulators and CFTC Re-Propose Margin Requirement Rules for Uncleared Swaps

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Farm Credit Administration, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 45

In this issue: - Proxy Advisory Firms Release Policy Updates for 2015 - CBOE Makes Enhancements to Its Market-Maker Trade Notification System - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20...more

Recent Key Bitcoin and Virtual Currency Regulatory and Law Enforcement Developments

In recent months, US federal and state regulators have continued to focus on Bitcoin and the adoption of a regulatory framework for it and other "virtual currencies," as well as the enforcement of existing securities laws to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Thomas indicated that the High Court may at some point consider a question regarding the application of insider trading law in criminal cases and the deference due, if any, to the...more

CFTC Chairman Provides Guidance on Cybersecurity

On November 5, 2014, the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Timothy G. Massad, gave keynote remarks at the Futures Industry Association Expo 2014. Part of Chairman Massad’s remarks focused on the...more

Forex Probe Results in Fines, but Investigation Not Over Yet

The American Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), British Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) announced fines of $3.4 billion against five global banks on...more

CFTC Grants Relief to IB Entering Into Give-Up Arrangements

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) granted no-action relief from the proviso in CFTC Regulation 1.57(a)(1), which requires an introducing broker (IB) that has...more

CFTC Proposes to Amend Recordkeeping Requirements

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed to amend the recordkeeping requirements set forth in CFTC Regulation 1.35(a). The proposed amendments to CFTC Regulation 1.35(a) would clarify that records must be...more

Bridging the Week - November 2014 #2

CFTC Proposes a Cornucopia of Measures to Avoid Unintended Consequences - At a public hearing on November 3, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission proposed three measures intended to avoid unintended consequences...more

CFTC Proposes to Revise Residual Interest Deadline for FCMs

In 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission amended CFTC Regulation 1.22 to require a futures commission merchant (FCM) to maintain its own funds (i.e., residual interest) in customer segregated accounts in an amount...more

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