Financial Regulatory Forum

COLUMN-Two paths to failure on Dodd-Frank

By Guest Contributor
February 14, 2011

capitol bldg 2 RTXX2LO_Comp.jpg(Scott McCleskey is a managing editor for the ThomsonReuters Governance, Risk and Compliance unit. The views expressed are his own)

ANALYSIS-CFTC speculation limits may pass quietly, unchanged

By Reuters Staff
December 20, 2010

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary GenslerBy Christopher Doering

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – New U.S. rules to limit┬áspeculation in commodity markets could move forward quickly, and with few alterations, after objections by the measure’s most vocal supporter unexpectedly delayed a key vote.

FACTBOX-CFTC to-do list for implementing reforms

November 23, 2010

Nov 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission faces the mammoth task of writing detailed regulations to implement reforms passed by Congress giving the agency oversight of the $600 trillion over-the-counter derivatives market.

ANALYSIS-Study casts doubt on traders’ ‘raison d’etre’

By Reuters Staff
October 12, 2010

By Herbert Lash

NEW YORK, Oct 12 (Reuters) – A new study about May’s “flash crash” casts doubt on two basic premises of high-frequency traders: that they help markets function properly by providing liquidity and that they smooth out price volatility.

OPINION-The heavy lift of harmonization-CFTC’s Chilton

By Guest Contributor
September 24, 2010

–The author is Bart Chilton, a commissioner at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The opinions represent the view of the author and not that of Reuters.

COLUMN-Cocoa’s rise and fall puts spotlight on FSA: John Kemp

By Reuters Staff
September 15, 2010

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

By John Kemp

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Cocoa’s stunning rally and equally spectacular bust over the last five months provides compelling evidence that large positions, especially in contracts close to delivery, influence futures prices, and that regulators should develop effective position limits to ensure market prices reflect supply-demand fundamentals and not the impact of dominant positions.

COLUMN-Gensler on brink of position-limits victory: John Kemp

By Reuters Staff
June 28, 2010

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

By John Kemp

LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Gary Gensler appears to be on verge of achieving a big victory in his battle to impose stricter position limits on major energy futures contracts.

COLUMN-FSA coffee case heralds commods crackdown: John Kemp

By Reuters Staff
June 2, 2010

LONDON, June 2 (Reuters) – The Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) decision to fine a London coffee broker 100,000 pounds ($146,400) and ban him from working in the financial services industry marks a significant toughening in the market abuse regime for commodities.

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 –

By John Kemp

LONDON, May 10 (Reuters) – May or shall. Even one small word can make a big difference. Lobbyists for financial services firms and officials from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the U.S. Treasury are sparring over a single word in the derivatives reform legislation being considered by the U.S. Senate.

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.