CFTC Approves a Final Rule to Amend Uncleared Swap Margin Requirements The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced today that it has approved a final rule to amend its uncleared swap margin requirements (CFTC Margin Rule) to better align with certain rules (QFC Rules) adopted by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System […]
Financial Stability Board, Basel Committee, and standard-setting bodies consult on effects of reforms on incentives to centrally clear over-the-counter derivatives
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.
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 […]
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.
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. […]
US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo and European Commission (EC) Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis announced a common approach for the mutual recognition of EU and US derivatives trading venues. The two regulatory bodies have made a joint announcement to ensure that both US and EU swap market counterparts are able to comply with […]
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) released a no-action letter recently, offering relief to public utilities that were having trouble finding market participants willing to work with them for hedging purposes.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a no-action letter on Friday, stating that the Commission will be extending its overseas trading rules deadline, giving overseas traders more time to comply with the CFTC’s rules.
From February 13-15, 2019, FIA and the SIFMA Asset Management Group hosted their annual forum, which brings together market participants from all sides of a trade to examine the latest...On 5 April, FIA co-signed a letter to HM Treasury and FCA regarding the equivalence of EEA trading venues. Signing the letter alongside FIA were ISDA (International Swaps and Derivatives...On 5 April, FIA commented jointly with ISDA and GFMA on the European Commission initiative on the strengthening of the role of the euro in energy markets. The associations said in their letter...Washington, D.C. – FIA’s Senior Vice President of Global Brand Management Charlie Jones was recently named a Fellow by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). This prestigious award...The Commodity Futures Trading Commission held an open meeting on March 25 to vote on two swap-related rulemakings. The first measure, which was approved unanimously, was an interim final...FIA today joined The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA), the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the American Bankers Association (ABA), and...On 15 March, FIA submitted jointly with ISDA and GFMA/GFXD the response to a consultation by the German Ministry of Finance. Germany had requested feedback from market participants... (Feed generated with FetchRSS) […]
Press release about Basel Committee issuing a consolidated version of its standards (9 April 2019) […]
FINRA and the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy are issuing this Investor Alert to inform investors about social sentiment investing tools and highlight their risks. This Alert provides tips to consider before using tools that analyze or aggregate information from social media sources to make investment decisions or attempt to predict changes in the stock market’s direction or in the price of a security. […]
Press release about "2019 Triennial Central Bank Survey of Foreign Exchange and OTC Derivatives Markets" (29 March 2019) […]
Press release about Basel Committee publishing follow-up reports on Basel III implementation assessments (25 March 2019) […]
Press Release - Carolyn Rogers appointed as the next Secretary General of the Basel Committee, 22 March 2019. […]
Press Release - Basel III monitoring results published by the Basel Committee, 20 March 2019. […]
FINRA is aware of a recent scheme that involved an unregistered individual impersonating a registered investment professional to lure in potential investors. This scammer created a fake version of a public FINRA BrokerCheck® report of a legitimate broker—picking an experienced broker with a spotless regulatory record. […]
CPMI Press release "Jurisdictions move forward towards implementing standards for payment, clearing and settlement", 14 March 2019 […]
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Press release about Pablo Hernández de Cos appointed as Chairman of Basel Committee on Banking Supervision […]
Press release about Basel Committee assessing Brazil's implementation of the NSFR regulation and the large exposures framework, 7 March 2019. […]
BIS Press Release - The March 2019 issue of the BIS Quarterly Review - Markets retreat and rebound […]
Press release about BCBS/IOSCO statement on the final implementation phases of the Margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives, 5 March 2019. […]
Fake checks purported to be issued by FINRA appear to be back in circulation in 2019. The checks are counterfeit. Our updated Alert warns the public about job-search scams in which people who respond to ads or online job postings receive checks that appear to be from legitimate companies—including FINRA. […]
Press release about Basel Committee discussing policy and supervisory initiatives and approves implementation reports, 28 February 2019. […]
We are reissuing this alert because, as interest rates have increased in recent months, so have calls to FINRA from investors concerned that promotions for higher-than-average CD rates are in fact pitches for high-commission investment products. […]
Press release "CPMI-IOSCO assessment concludes that Switzerland has generally implemented the PFMI", 30 January 2019. […]
The Committee on the Global Financial System is issuing a report on "Establishing viable capital markets", 23 January 2019. […]
Press release about Basel Committee completing review of Principles for sound liquidity risk management and supervision, 17 January 2019. […]