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NFA Proposes Amendment to NFA Compliance Rule 2-4

On December 1, National Futures Association (NFA) filed with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for review and approval a proposed amendment to NFA Compliance Rule 2-4 to include swaps-related activities. Compliance...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 Issues 30.7 Customer Funds No-Action Relief and Interpretation

The Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has issued no-action relief and interpretive guidance for futures commission merchants (FCMs) with customers that trade...more

Bridging the Week - October 2014 #4

Senior Fed Officials Encourage Financial Industry Firms to Improve Compliance Culture - Enhancing culture was the theme at a workshop on “Reforming Culture and Behavior in the Financial Services Industry” held at the...more

Spoofing Back in the News — First Criminal Indictment for Spoofing; CFTC Settlement Lays Out Telltale Signs of Spoofing

Last week the government handed down its first criminal indictment for allegedly engaging in “spoofing” and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission settled with Eric Moncada for spoofing. Spoofing is a form of trading in...more

Bridging the Week - October 2014

NJ-Based Trader Previously Sanctioned by UK FCA, CFTC and CME Indicted in Chicago for Same Spoofing Offenses - New Jersey resident Michael Coscia, the prior manager and sole owner of Panther Energy Trading LLC, was...more

ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs

On August 8, ICE Futures U.S. revised its rule and frequently asked questions related to exchange of futures for related position (EFRP) transactions. The amendments codify the requirements regarding the simultaneous transfer...more

FinCEN Proposes Customer Due Diligence Rule

On July 30, FinCEN released a proposed rule that would amend BSA regulations to clarify and add customer due diligence (CDD) obligations for banks and other financial institutions, including brokers or dealers in securities,...more

2014 Mid-Year Report Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement

Welcome to the 2014 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. Its purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters we...more

CFTC Releases Rule Enforcement Review of ICE Futures U.S.

On July 22, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission released the Division of Market Oversight’s rule enforcement review of ICE Futures U.S. The rule enforcement review included the following recommendations...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 29

In this issue: - SEC Approves FINRA Rule Limiting Expungement - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief from Certain Ownership and Control Reporting Requirements - CFTC Releases Rule Enforcement Review of ICE...more

NFA Proposes Interpretive Notice Prohibiting the Use of Credit Cards to Fund Retail Forex or Futures Trading Accounts

National Futures Association (NFA) has proposed an Interpretive Notice that would prohibit NFA members from allowing customers to fund their retail forex or futures trading accounts with credit cards. NFA believes that the...more

Dodd-Frank News: May 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - RECENT CASES ..Preemption ..CFPB Involvement in Litigation ..CFTC Regulation of Retail Commodity Transactions ..Durbin Amendment ..Appraiser Disclosure Requirements Under...more

Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approval Chart April 16, 2014

Attached please find the updated Foreign Listed Stock Index Futures and Options Approvals Chart, current as of April 16, 2014. All prior versions are superseded and should be discarded. Please note the following developments...more

CFTC Staff Provides Guidance on Auditor Independence Requirements Under FCM Customer Protection Rules

The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) issued an interpretive letter regarding the auditor independence standards included in CFTC Regulation 1.16, specifically as it applies to...more

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

Time-Limited No-Action Relief From Compliance With Certain Conditions Associated With the Receipt of Customer Funds by Futures...

On January 10, 2014, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission's ("CFTC") Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the "Division") issued a time-limited no-action letter in response to a letter sent on behalf of...more

First MAT Determinations Are Deemed Certified

In October 2013, Javelin SEF, LLC (Javelin) and trueEX, LLC (trueEX) self-certified their determinations that certain interest rate swaps are made available to trade (MAT) for purposes of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and...more

CFTC Proposes New Position Limits for Futures, Options, and Swaps and Amended Aggregation Requirements

Introduction - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has proposed a comprehensive set of regulations imposing speculative position limits on exchange-traded futures and options contracts and...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

Futures Industry Releases Insurance Study

On November 15, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, Futures Industry Association, Institute for Financial Markets, and National Futures Association released a study on the economic feasibility of adopting an insurance...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume VIII, Issue 45

In this issue: - SEC Chair Mary Jo White Outlines Potential Changes to “Accredited Investor” Definition - CFTC Issues Final Rules for Systemically Important Derivatives Clearing Organizations - CFTC...more

CFTC Proposes Speculative Position Limits – Again

On November 5, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) proposed new speculative position limits. The proposal (“New Proposal”) would establish spot-month and non-spot-month limits for 28 core...more

CFTC Proposes Revised Position Limit Rules

On November 5, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted to propose rules that would expand the scope of the CFTC’s speculative position limit requirements for futures, options and swaps. On the same date, the...more

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