In an open meeting, the CFTC invited regulators, exchanges, brokers, money managers, dealers, and academics to discuss ways and means to ensure customer collateral protection in the wake of the MF Global collapse.
The Commission and participants discussed proposed regulations, including keeping more client funds at clearing houses, requiring brokers to keep a buffer of excess customer funds on reserve, creating an insurance fund to reimburse clients who lose money in a default, and having broker chiefs sign off on large transfers of money that could potentially belong to clients.
Panel members were at odds over the rules’ efficiency, and failed to agree on deals for broadly popular ideas. For instance, members debated how often brokers should report customer fund investments, to provide transparency. The Futures Industry Association said it would prefer if brokers report investments monthly. CME Group said it was looking at a proposal for daily reports.
Panel members also quibbled over plans to safeguard customer money in over-the-counter swaps trading for futures. According to Reuters, Tom Hammond, president of ICE Clear US, said the commission and the industry would be “hard pressed” to explain why the OTC model for large hedge funds “can’t be applied to farmers, ranchers, and cotton growers in the U.S. if it adds extra protection and it’s cost effective.” Tim Doar, a CME Group Inc managing director, said he was not wholly convinced that the OTC model did protect customers. Others protected additional costs.
FIA formally petitioned the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to amend its rules to clarify the margin treatment of separate customer accounts.Washington, DC—Summary statistics released today by FIA show that trading activity in the global exchange-traded derivatives markets rose by 13.7% in 2019 to reach a record of 34.47 billion...On 8 January 2020, FIA and ISDA responded jointly to ESMA’s consultation “ MiFID II review report on position limits and position management and draft technical advice on weekly position reports...FIA’s U.S. Commodities members recently filed a response to the CFTC proposal relating to the implementation schedule for the CFTC’s uncleared margin rules. Last October, the CFTC proposed...FIA welcomes and appreciates the work of European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis and his staff on their recent announcement of a one-year equivalence determination in the...NEW YORK & LONDON, December 19, 2019 – The Association of Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), Futures Industry Association (FIA), International Capital Market Association (ICMA), International...The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission held an open meeting on Dec. 18 to discuss several rulemakings related to the regulation of swaps trading and the oversight of clearinghouses. The...(Feed generated with FetchRSS) […]
The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, the Sveriges Riksbank and the Swiss National Bank, together with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), have created a group to share experiences as they assess the potential case for central bank digital currency (CBDC) in their home jurisdictions. (Press release, 21 January 2020) […]
The BIS Board of Directors has decided to invite the central banks of Kuwait, Morocco and Vietnam to become members of the BIS. This is the first such expansion since 2011 and will take the number of members to 63. […]
One of the best ways you can protect your investment portfolio is to monitor your holdings and activity. You should make it a habit to review online or paper account statements and trade confirmations on a regular basis. You should review your statement as soon as you receive it to confirm it correctly reflects your investment decisions and any actions you made or authorized during the time the statement covers. […]