NFA adopts Interpretive Notice entitled NFA Compliance Rule 2-9: CPO Internal Controls System

NFA recently adopted an Interpretive Notice entitled NFA Compliance Rule 2-9: CPO Internal Controls System (Interpretive Notice). The Interpretive Notice requires commodity pool operator (CPO) Members, which have the ability to control customer funds, to implement an internal controls framework designed to: Protect customer funds; and Provide reasonable assurance that the books and records of a CPO’s commodity pools are accurate and reliable and that the CPO is in compliance with all CFTC and NFA requirements. The Interpretive Notice will become effective on April 1, 2019. In order to demonstrate an adequate internal controls system, the Interpretive Notice also requires…...

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CME Institute: Market Regulation Course

Market Regulation works to protect market integrity, to enforce rules that protect all market participants, and to act proactively to mitigate risks to prevent damage to the marketplace. Market participants need to understand and comply with Exchange Rules. This course can assist market participants by providing information and resources necessary to meet their compliance needs. [Begin Course]  ...

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FIA Spoofing, Surveillance & Supervision

The CFTC and futures exchanges continue to aggressively pursue “spoofing” cases against traders. When evidence of criminal willful intent exists, they refer certain matters to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. The CFTC settled its first spoofing case in late December 2016. The month prior, the DOJ obtained its first criminal conviction for spoofing. Since that time, the CFTC has expanded its enforcement efforts in this area to target firms for failing to supervise traders being investigated for spoofing activity. With this Webinar, Jim Lundy and Nicholas Wendland from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP will explore the increased regulatory…...

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FY 2018 Agency Financial Report – CFTC

Each year the CFTC publishes an agency financial report which provides data on financial and performance, operations management and information on the CFTC.  This is the 14th annual report that has been published.  Please see the link below to access the report: CFTC 2018 Report...

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Be Prepared – Tax Law Impacts

The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has made several changes to the tax law. Below we have summarized some of the changes we feel may affect some of our client base, mainly traders and investors. The TCJA suspended all miscellaneous itemized deductions, subject to a 2% floor, for individuals including investment fees and expenses. Therefore, investors are no longer entitled to these investment expenses. An important thing to note is that the TCJA did not change investment-interest expense rules. The itemized deduction is limited to investment income, and any excess is carried forward to subsequent years. The…...

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What is an ISSP

An Introduction for Introducing Brokers Security matters, and the NFA and other financial regulators are pushing to help market participants appropriately protect their customers and themselves against cyber threats which could result in stolen data, compromised systems, and the potential theft of funds or other illegal transactions. An Information Systems Security Program (ISSP) is mandated by the NFA & CFTC for futures market participants including FCMs, CTAs and IBs. An ISSP is a written document that describes the actions a Member takes to protect its systems and data against associated risks. It could save your business. NFA guidance allows Members…...

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CFTC & Compliance Issues for 2019

The beginning of a new year is typically when Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) registered, National Futures Association (“NFA”) member firms are most focused on growing their book of business. While the launch of new marketing or trading campaigns is important, attention to shifting operational and regulatory issues is just as critical to running a successful brokerage and/or trading operation. For Futures Commission Merchants (“FCMs”), Introducing Brokers (“IBs”), Commodity Pool Operators (“CPOs”), and Commodity Trading Advisors (“CTAs”) the end of 2018 is the perfect time to take an account of company regulatory obligations. Based on experience with a diverse group…...

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CFTC and K-State to Host 2nd Agricultural Commodity Futures Conference

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Center for Risk Management Education and Research (CRMER) at Kansas State University will host AgCon2019, the 2nd annual agricultural commodity futures conference on April 11-12 in Overland Park, Kansas. The CFTC and CRMER will again jointly host the conference, which brings together federal, state, and local governments with agribusiness and academia to discuss a range of topics that are important to the agricultural community who depend on the futures markets. “We are excited to once again partner with K-State to discuss significant derivatives-markets issues affecting the agricultural community. AgCon2018 brought together stakeholders…...

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Reminder: New Virtual Currency Disclosure Requirements

Due to the significant growth of the virtual currency market, the NFA has proposed an interpretive notice to the CFTC invoking the “ten-day” provision and will make it effective 10 days after receipt of submission. The notice was put forth because of concerns that customers do not fully understand the nature, volatility, and substantial risk involved with trading virtual currencies. Therefore, NFA is implementing new disclosure requirements for NFA Members engaging in virtual currency products. For IBs and FCMs, an Investor Advisory: — Futures on Virtual Currencies Including Bitcoin an the CFTC Customer Advisory: Understand the Risk of Virtual Currency…...

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5th Annual Cyber Risk Conference at DePaul University

New and evolving technologies such as artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, machine learning and robotic process automation are now an everyday reality. Similarly, use of the Cloud and third-party systems have grown dramatically as the technology has become more complex. Business practices are being rapidly transformed in all sectors—from expediting insurance claims, automating financial processes and revolutionizing search algorithms to heralding a paradigm shift in cyber security and military technology. These emerging technologies provide a host of new benefits, but also create a horde of new risks. In this conference, we’ll discuss the real impact that these technologies have on all…...

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