Foreign Futures and Options Transactions
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'' or ``CFTC'') is granting an exemption to firms designated by the Australian Stock Exchange Limited from the application of certain of the Commission's foreign futures and option rules based on substituted compliance with certain comparable regulatory and self-regulatory requirements of a foreign regulatory authority consistent with conditions specified by the Commission, as set forth herein. This Order is issued pursuant to Commission Rule 30.10, which permits persons to file a petition with the Commission for exemption from the application of certain of the rules set forth in Part 30 and authorizes the Commission to grant such an exemption if such action would not be otherwise contrary to the public interest or to the purposes of the provision from which exemption is sought.
Self-Regulation and Self-Regulatory Organizations in the Futures Industry
The Commission is extending the time for interested parties to respond to the Commission's Request for Comments on Self-Regulation and Self-Regulatory Organizations in the Futures Industry, published in the Federal Register on November 25, 2005.\1\
Agency Information Collection Activities Under OMB Review
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected costs and burden; it includes the actual data collection instruments [if any].
Market and Large Trader Reporting
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission or CFTC) is proposing several amendments to its market and large trader reporting rules. First, the Commission is proposing to establish a new reporting level for futures and option contracts based on 3-Year U.S. Treasury Notes. Second, the Commission is proposing to clarify the application of the reporting rules to registered derivatives transaction execution facilities (DTEFs). Third, the Commission is proposing to require designated contract markets to publicly disseminate integrated volume data that separately identifies the volume generated from block trades. Fourth, the Commission is proposing to adopt a reporting framework for contracts that are exclusively self- cleared. Finally, the Commission is proposing a number of conforming, clarifying, and technical amendments.
Commodity Pool Operator Electronic Filing of Annual Reports
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'' or ``CFTC'') is proposing to amend Commission regulations to require that commodity pool annual financial reports submitted by commodity pool operators (``CPOs'') to the National Futures Association (``NFA'') be filed electronically. Commodity pool annual reports filed with a registered futures association (currently, the NFA is the sole registered futures association) must contain a manually signed oath or affirmation under Commission regulations and no provision exists for electronic filing of annual reports with NFA. The NFA has recently petitioned the Commission to amend its regulations to require mandatory electronic filing of commodity pool annual reports. The Commission has considered the NFA petition and is hereby proposing to amend Commission regulations: (i) To require CPOs to file a commodity pool annual report with NFA electronically, with the required oath or affirmation to be made through compliance with NFA's electronic filing procedures; (ii) to require CPOs to maintain for five years a manually signed copy of each annual report and to maintain records of how certain key financial balances submitted to NFA were compiled from the annual report; (iii) to eliminate the requirement that the annual report filed with NFA be manually signed. Further, the Commission is proposing additional amendments to clarify certain aspects of the Commission's regulations applicable to CPOs with respect to financial reporting, Specifically, the Commission is proposing amendments that would: explicitly state that commodity pool monthly and/or quarterly account statements distributed to participants must be prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; clarify that COPs must file a notification of a change in a public accountant for a commodity pool with the Commission and with NFA; clarify that a reference to ``segregation'' with respect to a statement required to be made in an accountant's letter refers to the prohibition on commingling of funds of a commodity pool with the assets of any other person; and require that notifications concerning CPOs' election of fiscal years for commodity pools other than the calendar year or changes in fiscal year be filed solely with NFA and not the Commission. Annual reports to pool participants may continue to be provided as they have been previously, either through hard-copy distribution via postal mail or electronically if the pool participant consents thereto.
Sunshine Act Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'') will hold a public roundtable meeting at which invited participants will discuss global markets-related issues in the financial services and commodity markets. Participants will be announced at a later date.