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CFTC issues no-action letter for Chicago Mercantile Exchange

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The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued a no-action letter stating that it will not take enforcement action against the clearing house of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

This also includes certain clearing members of CME Clearing and depositories holding customer funds for such clearing members.
The no-action letter is in connection with the execution and submission to the Commission of a modified version of the template acknowledgment letter in Appendix A to Commission Regulation 1.20.
Regulation 1.20 requires futures commission merchants (FCMs) to obtain, from each depository with which the FCM deposits customer funds, a written acknowledgment that the depository had been informed that the funds deposited were customer funds being held in accordance with the Commodity Exchange Act. As part of its recent customer protection rulemaking, the Commission adopted a standardised template acknowledgment letter to be executed by FCMs and their respective depositories holding customer funds.
CME Clearing operates a programme that permits its clearing members to pledge certain types of high quality corporate bonds as initial margin for futures and certain cleared swaps positions. Under the programme, a clearing member opens customer segregated accounts and/or cleared swaps customer accounts with a depository that participates in the programme, and the bonds are pledged to such accounts as initial margin collateral.
CME Clearing requested permanent relief to permit FCMs participating in this program to use a modified version of the template acknowledgment letter that would recognise that all property deposited in these accounts is subject to CME Clearing’s first priority, perfected security interest.

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