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’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight Issues Time-Limited No-Action Transition for March 1, 2017 Compliance...

On February 13, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC“) announced that, between March 1, 2017 and September 1, 2017, it would “not recommend an enforcement action against a swap dealer (SD) for...more

CPOs of Registered Investment Companies Granted Limited Relief from CFTC Liquidation Audit Requirements

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) recently issued Letter 17-04 (the “Letter”), which grants relief from certain financial disclosure...more

Reminder: Certain U.S. Reporting and Compliance Obligations for Investment Advisers and Funds

The U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of U.S. self-regulatory organizations (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) impose certain reporting and compliance obligations on investment advisers and funds....more

CFTC Implements Phase-in Period for New Variation Margin Requirements

On February 13, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued time-limited no-action relief providing a six-month grace period for certain swap dealers to come into compliance with the variation margin...more

Uncertain Times

President Donald Trump may have his sights set on deregulation but a full repeal of title VII looks unlikely - One might think that the stated intention of US president-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in the US...more

CFTC Issues Time-Limited No-Action Relief for Aggregation Notice Filings for Position Limits

On February 6, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Division of Market Oversight issued a time-limited no-action letter providing relief for notice filing failures that relied on certain aggregation...more

Update: CFTC Delays Compliance Deadline for New Swap Margin Rules

Although the letter technically does not delay the effective date of March 1, 2017, from the perspective of the buy side, the letter functions as a “grace period,” and the compliance date has been moved to September 1, 2017....more

CFTC Releases New Enforcement Cooperation Guidelines

The agency’s updated advisory for companies and first-ever guidance for individuals shed additional light on its approach for recognizing cooperation. On January 19, 2017, the Division of Enforcement (Division) of the...more

NFA Update for Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors

On January 11, 2017, the National Futures Association issued a notice to its members regarding commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors claiming an exemption or exclusion from registration pursuant to certain...more

Documentation for the New Swap Margin Rules and Thoughts for the Buy Side and End Users

Because of the implementation of new regulatory requirements relating to both variation and initial margin for swaps, swap documentation for many market participants is about to become much more complicated....more

All Financial Regulation in the U.S. Now Subject to Review under February 3, 2017 Executive Order Issued by the President

Seyfarth Synopsis: Hours after the inauguration of President Trump, the White House issued a memorandum which imposed a 90-day delay on regulations which had not yet taken effect. As far as existing financial services law and...more

U.S. CFTC Enforcement Considerations for 2017

Change is in the air and the political landscape may significantly affect the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s enforcement agenda. Last month, Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo rose to the position of Acting...more

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief for Swap Dealers Complying with the EU Margin Rules

The CFTC has issued no-action relief for Swap Dealers that are subject to, and in compliance with, the EU margin rules but fail to comply with certain provisions of the CFTC’s margin rules for the period from February 4, 2017...more

CFTC Extends Deadline for Notice Filings under Amended Position-Limit Aggregation Rules

On February 6, 2017, the Division of Market Oversight of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) issued temporary no-action relief from the notice filing requirements applicable to persons who rely on...more

"CFTC’s Enforcement Division Issues New Advisories on Cooperation"

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement issued two new enforcement advisories outlining the factors the division will consider in evaluating cooperation in the agency’s...more

CFTC Permits Unaudited Financial Statements Upon Liquidation of a Series of a Pool That is Also a Registered Investment Company

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) has provided general exemptive relief to persons registered as commodity pool operators (“CPO”) under the Commodity Exchange Act that operate commodity pools...more

"Reform, Not Repeal, Likely for US Swaps Regulations"

Swaps transactions, virtually unregulated before the 2008 financial crisis, are regulated in the U.S. under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. Title VII empowers the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), for most swaps,...more

CFTC Has Banner Year For Enforcement Actions in FY2016

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently released its enforcement results for fiscal year 2016. In FY 2016, the CFTC filed 68 enforcement actions and obtained restitution, disgorgement and penalty orders...more

The Trump Administration: President Trump Issues Executive Actions on Dodd-Frank and the DOL Fiduciary Rule

On February 3, 2017, President Trump signed two executive actions intended to provide a framework for scaling back the Dodd-Frank Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) and rescinding or revising the Department of Labor’s “fiduciary rule.”...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

RBS has agreed to pay $85 million to the CFTC to resolve allegations that its traders “manipulated the ISDAfix benchmark rate over a period of five years to benefit the bank’s derivatives positions”....more

Important Dates and Reminders for Investment Advisers, Exempt Reporting Advisers, Commodity Trading Advisors and Commodity Pool...

Investment Advisers - Annual Compliance Reviews - All investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or The Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required to review their compliance...more

Enforcement Director Aitan Goelman to Leave US Commodity Futures Trading Commission

The CFTC announced that Division of Enforcement Director Aitan Goelman will leave the agency on February 3, 2017....more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Names J. Christopher Giancarlo Acting Chairman

The CFTC designated Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo per seriatim as Acting Chairman of the agency...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - 2016 Data Breach Legislation Roundup: What to Know Going Forward - States were busy updating their data breach notification statutes in 2016. With 2016 in the rear view, let's take...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Enforcement Division Issues Advisories on Cooperation

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Enforcement issued two new Enforcement Advisories outlining the factors the Enforcement Division will consider in evaluating cooperation by individuals and companies...more

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