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Felix Shipkevich July 23, 2018

The National Futures Association has sent a rule submission letter to the CFTC regarding new disclosure obligations for FCMs, IBs, CPOs, CTAs, and Pools and Managed Account Programs engaging in virtual currency derivatives and virtual currency transactions as well as other activities in underlying or spot virtual currencies would require the new disclosure.

Felix Shipkevich June 5, 2018

Today the National Futures Association issued a press release announcing that its board approved the formation of a Swaps Proficiency Requirements Advisory Committee which will oversee the development of a Swaps Proficiency program for individuals to be tested on, according to the Commodity Exchange Act’s training standards. The exam would test Associated Persons on market […]

Felix Shipkevich May 29, 2018

NFA Fines XFA Introducing Broker $100,000 For Compliance Violations Today the National Futures Association announced it ordered X-Change Financial Access, LLC. (XFA) Introducing Broker based in Chicago a $100,000 penalty for lack of “adequate supervisory procedures” to monitor and prevent violations of NFA Member Responsibility Action (MRA). Full Press Release below, “The Decision, issued by NFA’s […]

Felix Shipkevich May 9, 2018

Last week the NFA sent a notice regarding the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) as it applies to Virtual Currency such as Bitcoin. The NFA urges its Futures Commission Merchants (FCM) and Introducing Brokers (IB’s) to review the OFAC FAQ for cryptocurrency transactions compliance with their Anti-Money Laundering program.

Felix Shipkevich December 21, 2017

Mintco Precious Metals Traders Fined and Banned by CFTC Court Order Federal Court sides with CFTC Enforcement Actions filed on September 2015 against Florida-based Mintco LLC and their owners Stuart Rubin and Richard Q. Zimmerman. Consent Orders by Federal Judge Beth F. Bloom fines Mintco $250,000 and Zimmerman $45,000, as well as a 3-year trading […]

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 February 1, 2013

The National Futures Association (NFA) announced its intention to implement 21 changes and recommendations to how it manages futures industry firms. The news comes after the Berkeley Research Group (BRG), as part of its independent analysis of NFA’s audits of the Peregrine Financial Group, uncovered countless auditing oversights in the wake of the $200 million […]