Monday, September 20, 2010

The CFTC on CPOs

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has asked for public comment on a rulemaking petition from the National Futures Association (NFA), which would narrow the scope of the regulatory exclusion for registered investment companies from commodity pool operators (CPO) status.

Registered investment companies are at present eligible for a broad exemption from CPO status. 17 C.F.R. 4.5, but the petition would require that RICs seeking such an exemption represent that their funds will use commodity futures and commodity options contracts only for bona fide hedging purposes and that the fund will not be marketed to the public as a commodity pool.

The petition contemplates the application of these limits even retrospectively, to companies that previously had filed notices under the broader exemption, though it recommends that these companies be given time to come into compliance.

October 18 (my 52d birthday) is the deadline for comments.

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