Financial Regulatory Forum

COLUMN-What’s in a word? Senate battle on derivatives: John Kemp

By Reuters Staff
May 10, 2010

– John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own –

PREVIEW – Odds stacked against CFTC metals position limits

By Reuters Staff
March 23, 2010

By Frank Tang and Christopher Doering

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) – The top U.S. futures regulator, which has struggled to gain support for a plan to curb concentration in energy markets, could face even tougher resistance on Thursday as it considers whether similar provisions are needed for metals.

CFTC’s Gensler says unconvinced about CDS ban

March 16, 2010

    BRUSSELS, March 16 (Reuters) – The derivatives market remains a “dark ocean” that needs more transparency but it was unclear if a ban on credit default swap trading would work in practice, a top U.S. regulator said on Tuesday. (more…)

U.S. futures regulator wants ‘Eddie Murphy’ insider-trading ban

By Reuters Staff
March 3, 2010

By Roberta Rampton and Charles Abbott

WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) – The top U.S. futures regulator wants Congress to include as part of its financial regulatory reform package new securities-style firewalls and insider trading bans for commodities, the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Wednesday.

ANALYSIS-Big traders face ‘landmine’ in CFTC energy rule

February 17, 2010

By Christopher Doering and Roberta Rampton

WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Buried deep in the proposal to set position limits on oil and gas futures is a possible “landmine” that could force the industry’s biggest traders to make a stark choice: Keep your hedging exemptions, or keep your speculative book. But you can’t keep both.

U.S. regulator rejects CME stance on Treasury futures

By Reuters Staff
January 27, 2010

By Ann Saphir

CHICAGO, Jan 26 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators rejected as “unpersuasive” CME Group Inc’s decision to bar traders from moving their Treasury futures positions to upstart exchange ELX Futures by using a block-trade mechanism offered by ELX.

CFTC position limit plan will be published on Tuesday

By Reuters Staff
January 25, 2010

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s proposal to impose position limits on four energy futures and options contracts will published in the Federal Register on Tuesday and be open for public comment for 90 days.

FACTBOX-Profiles of CFTC commissioners on position limits

By Reuters Staff
January 19, 2010

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission last week released its long-awaited proposal to curb speculation in energy futures markets, but several of its top officials expressed reservations that could make it

U.S. regulator CFTC proposes enforcing limits on energy trades

By Reuters Staff
January 14, 2010

By Ayesha Rascoe and Tom Doggett

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The top U.S. futures market regulator on Thursday moved to limit the role of big traders in once high-flying energy markets, unveiling proposals to put a hard cap on the size of positions that dealers can hold but offering a limited exemption for big financial hedgers.

CFTC misses deadline on position limits decision

By Reuters Staff
December 21, 2009

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. futures market regulator on Monday missed a self-imposed end-of-fall deadline to decide whether to issue a proposal to limit the number of contracts investors can hold in “physical” commodities, such as crude oil.