Position Limits for Derivatives and Aggregation of Positions
On December 12, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'') published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (the ``Position Limits Proposal'') to establish speculative position limits for 28 exempt and agricultural commodity futures and options contracts and the physical commodity swaps that are economically equivalent to such contracts. On November 15, 2013, the Commission published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (the ``Aggregation Proposal'') to amend existing regulations setting out the Commission's policy for aggregation under its position limits regime. The Commission has directed staff to hold a public roundtable on June 19, 2014, to consider certain issues regarding position limits for physical commodity derivatives. In order to provide interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the issues to be discussed at the roundtable, the Commission will reopen the comment periods for the Position Limits Proposal and the Aggregation Proposal for a three-week period starting June 12, 2014 (one week before the roundtable) and ending July 3, 2014 (two weeks following the roundtable). Comments should be limited to the issues of hedges of a physical commodity by a commercial enterprise, including gross hedging, cross- commodity hedging, anticipatory hedging, and the process for obtaining a non-enumerated exemption; the setting of spot month limits in physical-delivery and cash-settled contracts and a conditional spot- month limit exemption; the setting of non-spot limits for wheat contracts; the aggregation exemption for certain ownership interests of greater than 50 percent in an owned entity; and aggregation based on substantially identical trading strategies.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Intent To Renew Collection 3038-0026-Gross Collection of Exchange-Set Margins for Omnibus Accounts
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments, as described below, on the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) titled: Gross Collection of Exchange-Set Margins for Omnibus Accounts; OMB Control Number 3038- 0026.
Technology Advisory Committee
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) announces that on June 3, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the CFTC's Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) will hold a public meeting at the CFTC's Washington, DC headquarters. The TAC meeting will focus on high-frequency trading in the derivatives markets; the Commission's surveillance program; and swap execution facilities.
Enhancing Protections Afforded Customers and Customer Funds Held by Futures Commission Merchants and Derivatives Clearing Organizations; Correction
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission'' or ``CFTC'') is correcting final rules published in the Federal Register of November 14, 2013 (78 FR 68506). Those rules, 17 CFR Parts 1, 3, 22, 30, and 140, took effect on January 13, 2014. This correction amends Appendix B to 17 CFR 1.20 and Appendix B to 17 CFR 1.26 by removing a phrase from both appendices.
Global Markets Advisory Committee
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announces that on May 21, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Global Markets Advisory Committee (GMAC) will hold a public meeting at the CFTC's Washington, DC, headquarters. The GMAC will discuss issues related to the CFTC's coordination with foreign regulators on the oversight of foreign-based (i.e., located outside of the U.S.) swap clearinghouses and foreign swaps trading execution facilities.
Market Risk Advisory Committee
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission) announces the establishment of the Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC). The Commission has determined that the establishment of MRAC is necessary and in the public's interest. No earlier than fifteen (15) days following the date of the publication of this notice, the MRAC Charter will be filed with the Commission, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, the House Committee on Agriculture, the Library of Congress, and the General Services Administration's Committee Management Secretariat.