Commodities Futures Trading Commission Swaps

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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Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Increases 2016 Multifamily Lending Caps - On May 4, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that it increased its 2016 multifamily lending caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from $31 billion to $35...more

CFTC Amends Swap Portfolio Reconciliation Requirement

On May 2, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule to amend the swap portfolio reconciliation requirement. Under CFTC Regulation 23.500(i), swap dealers and major swap participants were...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and US Securities and Exchange Commission Jointly Propose Guidance on Certain Natural Gas...

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission jointly proposed guidance relating to the treatment of certain electric power and natural gas contracts. Specifically, the guidance...more

Derivatives: ISDA Announces 2016 New York Law Variation Margin Credit Support Annex

On April 14, 2016, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) announced the 2016 ISDA Credit Support Annex for Variation Margin for use with New York law transactions (the 2016 CSA). ISDA is in...more

Derivatives in Review - April 2016

Novo Banco and CDS – A Post-Mortem - The 2014 ISDA Credit Derivatives Definitions updated the previous set of credit derivatives definitions to, among other things, include a credit event for “Governmental Intervention.”...more

CFTC Proposed Guidance on Gas and Capacity Contracts Further Reduces Dodd-Frank Swap Burdens on End-Users

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued proposed guidance that two products – common in competitive wholesale electric and natural gas markets – would not be considered swaps under the...more

"CFTC Proposes Exclusion of Certain Electric Power and Natural Gas Contracts From 'Swap' Definition"

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposed guidance that would exclude certain capacity contracts in electric power markets (capacity contracts) and natural gas peaking supply contracts from...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 14

BROKER-DEALER - SEC Approves FINRA’s Proposed Expansion of Supplement Schedule for Derivatives and Off-Balance Sheet Items - On April 5, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released Regulatory Notice 16-11...more

CFTC Proposes Dodd-Frank Relief to Certain Energy Industry Contracts

The proposal furthers an ongoing effort to minimize Dodd-Frank burdens on commercial end users. On April 4, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order proposing guidance about the Dodd-Frank...more

CFTC Proposes Guidance Clarifying that Certain Electric Capacity and Natural Gas Peaking Contracts are not “Swaps”

The CFTC has proposed guidance that certain capacity contracts in electric power markets and certain natural gas peaking supply contracts should not be considered “swaps” under the Commodity Exchange Act. The guidance does...more

Commodities traders, know thyself: Are you a pool or prop shop?

Do you trade commodity futures, options or swaps with a partner or a group of partners? If so, you need to know if your business model is properly described as a commodity pool or as a proprietary trading firm. The answer is...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Staff Provides Relief in Connection with Swap Trade Confirmations

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight issued a no-action letter extending the time period for relief from the requirement in CFTC Regulation 37.6 that a SEF obtain documents incorporated by...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Commission Sends MiFID II Draft RTS Back to ESMA for Revision - On March 17, Markus Ferber, MEP, the European Parliament's Rapporteur for MiFID II, published a press release announcing that the European Commission had...more

CFTC Finalizes Relief from Trade Option Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Commercial End Users

On March 16, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) approved a final rule that eliminates the reporting and recordkeeping requirements in current CFTC regulations for trade option counterparties that are...more

CFTC Staff Provides Relief in Connection with Swap Trade Confirmations

On March 14, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight published a time-limited no-action letter that changed the deadline “for relief in connection with swap trade confirmation...more

CFTC Approves Final Rule to Amend the Trade Option Exemption by Eliminating Certain Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for...

On March 16, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule that eliminated certain requirements “for trade option counterparties that are neither swap dealers nor major swap participants[.]”...more

CFTC Adopts Final Trade Option Rule

On March 16, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) unanimously approved amendments to the rules applicable to certain physically-settled options referred to as “trade options.” This final rule substantially...more

CFTC Approves Amendment to Trade Options Exemption

The CFTC recently amended its trade option exemption to exclude certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements if a party to the option is a commercial end user of the underlying commodity. The broadened exemption provides...more

No-Action Relief from CFTC Rule 3.10(c)(3) Clearing Requirement

CFTC grants no-action relief regarding the application of the exemption in CFTC Rule 3.10(c)(3) to swaps that are not subject to a clearing requirement. On February 12, 2016 the Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

Prudential Regulators and CFTC: Final Margin Rules for Uncleared Swaps

The Prudential Regulators and the CFTC release final initial and variation margin rules for uncleared swaps and security-based swaps. On October, 22 2015, the Prudential Regulators released final rules and accompanying...more

Mandatory Margin Posting Regulations Coming Soon for Uncleared Swaps

U.S. bank regulators recently adopted final rules establishing initial and variation margin requirements for uncleared swaps (Final Margin Rules). These rules apply to regulated entities such as banks and subsidiaries of bank...more

Dodd-Frank Almost 6 Years Later: Where Are We Now? Energy-Related Derivatives Regulation

In the almost six years since the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has, in large part, finalized its rulemakings...more

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Extends Comment Period on Draft Technical Specifications for Certain Swap Data Elements

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight and Office of Data and Technology staff extended the comment period on the draft technical specifications for certain prioritized swap data elements...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

CFTC Uncleared Swap Margin Rules to Take Effect in September

While the US gears up for compliance with uncleared swap margin rules, cross-border application of the CFTC rules remains unclear. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the CFTC) finalized its margin requirements...more

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