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AFR Statement: Throwing Out Derivatives Reform Strengthens Too-Big-To-Fail Oligopoly
November 6, 2018 – 1:24 pm

We strongly disapprove of the new proposal to change rules for derivatives trading announced in today’s meeting of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The requirement that complex derivatives be traded whenever possible in open, competitive markets was a crucial element of Dodd-Frank derivatives market reforms.

Letters to Regulators: AFR sent a letter to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission criticizing a new de minimis threshold proposal
August 14, 2018 – 9:33 am

The de minimis exemption is a critical element of the swap dealer rule, as it determines which swap dealers will actually be designated as regulated swap dealers and subject to formal dealer oversight. This CFTC …

AFR Statement: Omnibus Contains Yet More Gifts to Wall Street
March 22, 2018 – 2:27 pm

“The Omnibus budget package contains several policy riders designed to benefit Wall Street investment funds and big banks at the expense of the public. One provision in the omnibus allows Business Development Companies (BDCs), a type of private equity fund sold directly to retail customers, to double their permitted fund leverage from the current 1-1 level (one dollar of borrowed money for each dollar of investor equity) to 2-1. BDCs are already the beneficiary of regulatory exemptions since conventional closed-end mutual funds can only leverage 1-2, or borrow one dollar per two dollars of investor equity…”

Letter to Regulators: AFR Calls on CFTC to Forcefully Regulate High-speed Automated Trading
May 2, 2017 – 11:28 am

“…We urged the Commission to be more aggressive in laying out structural reforms to the markets and more specific limits on dangerous automated trading practices. The current Supplemental NPRM does not change our basic assessment, as it maintains the basic framework of the 2015 NPRM, with no movement toward additional specificity in risk limits or risk control requirements or reduced discretion for market actors in designing and implementing risk controls…

AFR Statement: CFTC Cuts Swaps Dealers Too Much Slack
November 23, 2016 – 5:11 pm

“AFR is disappointed at the continuing extension of exemptions from swaps reporting for foreign dealers active in the U.S. markets. Some of the transactions to which this relief applies, such as transactions with supposedly non-guaranteed affiliates of U.S. banks, could be highly relevant to derivatives risks within the U.S. economy.”

AFR Statement: Delaying the lowering of de minimis threshold hurts oversight, protections for counterparties
September 15, 2016 – 10:31 am

We are deeply disappointed that CFTC Chair Massad has delayed by one year the lowering of the “de minimis” threshold that requires Swap Dealers to register with the Commission. The decision by the Chair means that many derivatives business will continue to operate for two more years without the new oversight Congress mandated they receive.

AFR Statement: The CFTC must stand firm on derivatives margin rules
September 8, 2016 – 10:08 am

“At today’s meeting, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will rule on whether derivatives margin rules required by Japanese regulators are comparable to U.S. margin requirements… Japanese margin rules are significantly weaker than U.S. rules in several important areas. These include margin protections in case of the bankruptcy or failure of a foreign counterparty, and the types of non-cash margin accepted. Permitting U.S. firms to operate under these weaker rules would constitute an unacceptable back-door weakening of U.S. margin rules. We are concerned that such a comparability determination would set a precedent for permitting similar weakening in other jurisdictions and in other areas of derivatives oversight.”

Letter to Regulators: AFR Calls for Tougher Automated Trading Rules
March 18, 2016 – 12:24 pm

“[T]he proposed Reg AT is long overdue. At the same time, however, the self-regulatory approach taken here falls far short of a clear set of limits on the most dangerous and predatory practices made possible by automated trading technology.”