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Sentinel Decision Prioritizes Protection of Securities and Futures Markets

On March 19, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided Grede v. FCStone, LLC, Nos. 13-1232, 13-1278 (7th Cir. Mar. 19, 2014), an opinion that reinforces the importance of the portability of investment...more

CFTC to Host Roundtable on Commodity Pool Operator Risk Management Practices

Commodity Futures Trading Commission staff will host a public roundtable on March 18 to discuss risk management practices by commodity pool operators, including...more

What To Expect from the Environmental Commodity Markets in 2014

“In the US, there are two regulatory programs that require blenders and refiners to mix a certain percentage of biofuels into their traditional supply of crude oil,” said Brisson. “We’ve seen a number of issues in 2013 with...more

CFTC Reissues FAQ on Commodity Options

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) has reissued a document addressing frequently asked questions (FAQs) on commodity options. The FAQs document, which DMO originally issued on...more

Increase in Cases Finding Patent Ineligible Subject Matter

Since the United States Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Bilski v. Kappos, holding that a computer-assisted method of hedging risk in the field of commodities trading was unpatentable under §101 of the Patent Act, courts have...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - January 31, 2014

In This Issue: - DOJ Weighs Action Against Banks Over Payday Lending Business - More Regulatory Scrutiny Causing Banks to Pass on LBOs - Officials to Issue New Rules on Banks Holding Marijuana Funds - Fed...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”) are required to review their compliance policies and procedures at least...more

FRB Issues ANPR Seeking Public Comment on Physical Commodity Activities Related to Physical Commodities Conducted by Financial...

The Federal Reserve Board (the “FRB” or the “Board”) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (the “ANPR”) seeking public comment on issues related to activities concerning physical commodities conducted by financial...more

Federal Reserve Revisits FHC Commodities and Merchant Banking Activities

New advanced notice of proposed rulemaking requests public comments on physical commodities activities and merchant banking investments of financial holding companies. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve...more

CFTC Issues Advisory Concerning Commodity Trading Advisors and Swaps

On December 23, CFTC provided guidance regarding requirements imposed on commodity trading advisors (CTAs) resulting from Dodd-Frank on the potential new advisory obligations of CTAs....more

CFTC Re-Proposes Speculative Position Limit Rules For Futures, Options And Swaps On Physical Commodities

On November 5, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted 3-1 to re-propose rules to establish speculative position limits for futures, options and economically equivalent swaps on certain agricultural, metal...more

2013 Corn Crop Production Expected To Set Records

According to the Michigan Ag Connection, Michigan's crop yields are expected to hit record numbers this year for corn. The average corn yield is expected to be a record 156 bushels per acre, in comparison to a yield of 133...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action At The CFTC And CFPB

CFTC Proposes Registered Futures Association Membership Rules - On Friday, November 8, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") proposed amending its regulations to require that all persons...more

CFTC Re-Proposes Position Limits On Physical Commodity Derivatives

Yesterday, the CFTC voted to approve a new position limits rule that resembles the agency’s previous short-lived rule (vacated and now abandoned after court challenge), albeit with certain significant changes. ...more

CFTC Makes Second Attempt at Imposing Position Limits on Key Energy Commodities

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted today to approve a revised "position limits" rule intended to limit speculation in derivatives markets for certain energy, agriculture, and metals commodities. The CFTC...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 18 • October 10, 2013 (Global)

IN THIS ISSUE: - Discussion and Analysis - News from the Americas - News from Asia and the Pacific - News from Europe - Global Regulators - US Securities and Exchange Commission Developments - US Commodity...more

Mixing Oil and Vinegar - Using Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuity (PPVA) Contracts to Enhance the Investment Return of...

Overview - Master Limited Partnerships are publicly traded partnerships. As of 2010, the market capitalization of MLPs was $220 billion. These publicly traded partnerships invest primarily in energy and associated...more

CFTC Staff Responds to FAQs Regarding Commodity Options

On September 30, CFTC staff issued responses to several frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to commodity options. Pursuant to Section 1a(47) of the Commodity Exchange Act, which defines the term “swap” to include an...more

CFTC Staff Issues Commodity Option Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”)

On September 30, 2013, the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight (“DMO”) issued a Commodity Option FAQ document. While the document largely contains information already set forth in prior CFTC releases, it does contain helpful...more

CFTC Responds To FAQ On Commodity Options

Today, the CFTC Division of Market Oversight published a response to frequently asked questions regarding commodity options, including reporting obligations with respect to trade options. The response clarified a few...more

CFTC Staff Provides Relief from Reporting Requirements for CPOs of Controlled Foreign Corporations Used by Registered Funds as...

The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) granted no-action relief (the “No-Action Relief”) in response to a request from the Investment Company Institute (the “ICI”) and the Securities...more

A bull rush for bullion in Asia

For background information on bullion trading, see the Q&A at the bottom of this alert. Singapore’s growth as a global commodity trading hub continues, with recent developments affecting the city’s role in the precious...more

Commodities And The CSL

A recent unpublished opinion by Justice William W. Bedsworth set me to cogitating on the status of commodities under the Corporate Securities Law of 1968. In Kelly v. Monex Co., 2013 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 5903 (Aug. 21,...more

CFTC Adopts Final Harmonization Rules for Registered Investment Company Advisers Required to Register as CPOs Under Regulation...

On August 13, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued its final rules (“Final Rules”) applicable to registered investment companies now required to dually register as commodity pool operators (“Dually-Registered...more

Auto Parts Distributor Avoids Liability In Robinson-Patman Suit

On July 19, 2013, the Ninth Circuit affirmed an award of summary judgment to an aftermarket auto parts distributor that had received better prices than a competitor. Gorlick Distribution Centers, LLC v. Car Sound Exhaust...more

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