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Felix Shipkevich January 11, 2018

Update: January 25, 2018 CFTC Releases updated agenda   CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee Announces Agenda for January 31 Public Meeting Washington, DC — The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced the agenda for the upcoming Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC) public meeting that will be held on January 31, 2018 at CFTC’s headquarters in […]

Felix Shipkevich January 4, 2018

CFTC Background on Oversight of and Approach to Virtual Currency Futures Markets Along with Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo’s statement on Bitcoin and virtual currency, the CFTC issued a letter explaining the Commission’s approach to regulating Bitcoin futures markets. Their aim is to clarify their jurisdiction and regulatory approach to Bitcoin products. It provides a background on […]

Felix Shipkevich December 19, 2017

This month the National Futures Association announced to its members additional reporting requirements for Bitcoin or cryptocurrency soliciting, orders, trading, and offering such products. The notice to members was address to Introducing Brokers (IBs), Commodity Pool Operators (CPOs), Commodity Trading Advisors (CTA), and Futures Commission Merchant (FCMs) for which the NFA is the DSRO. Any of these […]

Felix Shipkevich December 12, 2017

The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight responded to a letter from the Futures Industry Association (FIA) requesting guidance for Commodity Trading Advisor (CTAs) registration requirements. The Division stated in a staff letter that commodity trading advice conducted “solely incidental” to a profession, or “solely in connection with” business is not subject to […]

Felix Shipkevich December 5, 2017

The CFTC released a statement of three regulated US Exchanges, CME, CFE, and Cantor self-certified new contract for Bitcoin futures and products. On Friday December 1st, the CFTC announced that the world’s largest futures exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) completed self-certification with the Commission to launch Bitcoin futures contract on December 18. Futures contracts […]

Felix Shipkevich November 29, 2017

On November 14th the CFTC Division of Market Oversight extended time-limited No-Action relief for Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) from certain block trade requirements. Shortly after on November 20th, the Division issued No-Action Relief for SEF Chief Compliance Officer Annual Compliance Reports and SEF fourth Quarter Financial Reports timing requirements extension for up to 90 days. […]