Joint Final Rules: Application of the Definition of Narrow-Based Security Index to Debt Securities Indexes and Security Futures on Debt Securities
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``CFTC'') and the Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'') (together, the ``Commissions'') are adopting a new rule and amending an existing rule under the Commodity Exchange Act (``CEA'') and adopting two new rules under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Exchange Act''). The rules will modify the applicable statutory listing standards requirements to permit security futures to be based on individual debt securities or a narrow-based security index composed of such securities. In addition, these rules and rule amendment will exclude from the definition of ``narrow-based security index'' debt securities indexes that satisfy specified criteria. A future on a debt securities index that is excluded from the definition of narrow-based security index will not be a security future and may trade subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the CFTC.