Financial Regulatory Forum

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.

from Tales from the Trail:

Think brussels sprouts and cauliflower are agricultural commodities? Think again.

October 19, 2010

While the financial bailouts tossed to automakers, banks and other groups during the recent economic crisis left a funny taste in the mouth of some Americans, one former U.S. regulator hopes efforts to prevent another panic doesn't go rotten.

Once skeptical, U.S. Congress warms to CFTC’s Gensler

By Reuters Staff
March 22, 2010

By Christopher Doering

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – Gary Gensler, who once supported market deregulation blamed for the recent financial meltdown, has been winning over members of Congress who had been skeptical of his ability to rein in Wall Street as the top U.S. futures regulator.

New OTC swaps rules must apply to all – U.S. regulatory official

By Reuters Staff
March 2, 2010

WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) – Congress should not create blanket exemptions for end users from new rules designed to make trading of the over-the-counter derivatives more transparent, a commissioner on the top U.S. futures regulator said on Tuesday.

U.S. market regulators eye clearinghouse governance – CFTC’s Gensler

By Reuters Staff
March 1, 2010

By Christopher Doering

WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) – Congress should give U.S. securities and futures regulators the authority to ensure clearinghouses are protected against conflicts of interest, the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Monday.

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.

U.S. Senate agriculture panel head plans own US swaps reform bill

By Reuters Staff
November 18, 2009

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) (C) speaks about the 2007 budget in a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, February 9, 2006. Also pictured are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (L) and Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND).   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee chairman said on Wednesday she intends to draft legislation “that will bring much-needed transparency and accountability to the over-the-counter derivatives market.”

Proposed U.S. risk regulator overlaps SEC, CFTC – futures regulator Gensler

By Reuters Staff
November 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – A proposed super-regulator for the U.S. financial system could result in overlapping overseers of the securities and futures exchanges, said the chief futures regulator on Tuesday.
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U.S. commodities regulator says not convinced wheat convergence problem is solved

By Reuters Staff
October 30, 2009

By Christopher Doering
WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – The head of the top U.S. futures regulator said on Thursday he doesn’t believe the world’s largest exchange has figured out the root cause behind the lack of convergence in the Chicago wheat market.

CFTC’s Gensler wants U.S. swaps bills to have more clearing, exchange requirements

October 22, 2009

By Jonathan Spicer
CHICAGO, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. commodities regulator’s chief said he would work with lawmakers to toughen new derivatives rules recently approved by two congressional groups, signaling he wants more products run through exchanges and clearinghouses, and few companies exempted from clearing.
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