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The latest industry and regulatory news affecting North and South America.

  • At first post-COVID gathering, CFTC advances CCP governance proposal

    The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted 5-0 to advance a proposed rule related to governance requirements for derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) during an open meeting on July 27. The proposed rule also requests comment on additional areas related to governance requirements for DCOs, for the Commission’s consideration in potential use in future rulemaking.

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  • FIA PTG responds to The Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission Block Trade Definition Proposal

    In a letter filed today, the FIA Principal Traders Group (FIA PTG) responded to The Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM) Resolution No. 135/2022 - Methodology for Definition of Block Trades.

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  • FIA flags burdensome requirements in CFTC compliance officer reports

    FIA submitted a comment letter to the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission questioning the need for certain types of information that must be included in the annual reports filed by the chief compliance officers of firms registered with the CFTC.

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  • FIA PTG responds to FINRA Proposal to enhance TRACE reporting for US Treasury Securities

    FIA PTG supported the proposal to “generally require reporting to TRACE as soon as practicable but no later than 60 minutes;” while urging FINRA to continue monitoring and consider shortening the reporting timeframe even further in the future.

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  • Data Spotlight - US futures brokers see large gains in customer funds

    Futures brokers in the US are reporting large increases in the level of customer funds held in futures accounts. Total customer funds hit a record level of $370 billion in March and continued at a high level in April, and most brokers are reporting double-digit increases in customer funds compared to a year ago.

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  • How We Keep Futures Markets Operational Through World Events

    In this FIA Operations Americas Division webinar, panelists discussed what’s next, and how can clearing operations teams react effectively and prepare for unknown world events.

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  • CFTC explores role in voluntary carbon markets

    On 2 June, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) held its first-ever Voluntary Carbon Markets Convening. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues related to the supply and demand for high quality carbon offsets, including product standardization and the data necessary to support the integrity of carbon offsets' greenhouse gas emissions avoidance and reduction claims.

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  • FIA PTG responds to SEC Dealer Definition Proposal

    In a letter filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today, the FIA Principal Traders Group strongly opposed the SEC's Further Definition of “As a Part of a Regular Business” in the Definition of Dealer and Government Securities Dealer proposal and urged the SEC not to move forward with finalizing it.  

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  • CFTC roundtable on non-intermediation focuses on FCM benefits and default waterfalls

    The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission hosted a wide-ranging and at times contentious discussion on issues related to intermediation in derivatives trading and clearing on 25 May. The roundtable event was more than six hours long, and included representatives from CFTC-registered derivatives clearing organizations (DCOs) and futures commission merchants (FCMs) as well as trading firms, asset managers, agricultural industry representatives, academics, public interest groups, and others.

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  • US Congress questions industry on merits and risks of FTX's non-intermediated model 

    US lawmakers questioned experts in the derivatives industry on May 12 about the recent proposal from FTX US Derivatives to clear margined products using a non-intermediated model. The hearing conducted by the US House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture was titled "Changing Market Roles: The FTX Proposal and Trends in New Clearinghouse Models," and featured testimony from FIA President and CEO Walt Lukken.

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