• October 16, 2014

    CFTC Staff Issues Extension of Time-Limited No-Action Relief for Futures Commission Merchants from Requirement to Obtain an Acknowledgement Letter from Certain Depositories

    Washington, DC — The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (Commission) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) today announced an extension of previous no-action relief where DSIO provided additional time for futures commission merchants (FCMs) to comply with Commission regulations requiring FCMs to obtain acknowledgement letters from certain depositories. DSIO will provide no-action relief until December 31, 2014.

    Specifically, Commission Regulations 1.20(d)(3)(i) and (ii), 1.26, 22.5, 30.7(d)(3)(i) and (ii), and the Appendices require that FCMs deposit customer funds only with depositories that have provided the FCM with an acknowledgement letter in which such depositories agree to provide the DSIO Director (or such director’s designees) with direct, read-only electronic access to transaction and account balance information for FCM customer accounts.

    Since some depositories require the Commission to enter into a standard on-line access agreement, many depositories to FCMs have not provided the acknowledgement letters required by Commission regulations. The depositories require an on-line access agreement to be executed before the depository may provide the DSIO Director with the required read-only access to transaction and account balance information for FCM customer accounts. The Division’s review, negotiation, and execution of such agreements will not be completed by October 17, 2014, the expiration date for the previous no-action relief.

    Last Updated: October 16, 2014