The CFTC has just released a brief statement by Commissioner Bart Chilton. We reproduce it here in full:
Landmark financial reforms were passed by the Congress and signed by the President earlier this year. The new law will ensure more efficient and effective markets, better protect consumers and cast light upon current "dark" markets that have been out of view of regulators — markets which led, in large part, — to the economic calamity that began two years ago.
The CFTC final rules on the regulation of retail foreign exchange have now been officially published in the Federal Register. At the same time they have also authorized the NFA "to process and grant applications for initial registration, renewed registration and withdrawals of retail foreign exchange dealers (RFEDs) and their associated persons (APs)", effective from September 10th.
At long last the CFTC have revealed what changes they have in store for US retail forex traders. Their new regulations will come into effect on October 18th, and according to CFTC chairman Gary Gensler they:
After a variety of trials and tribulations along the way the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, now officially renamed Dodd-Frank after its two sponsors, was finally signed into law by US President Barack Obama on July 21st. According to The Economist magazine:
The National Futures Association have made a couple of announcements recently that strongly suggest the number of US spot forex brokers and their associated introducing brokers are going to decline even further in the near future. Last week the NFA implied that the proposed new CFTC regulations about forex IBs are going to be implemented much as originally drafted. They pointed out that:
The publicity battle over financial reform in the United States gets ever hotter. A variety of glossy magazines are currently sinking their teeth into Goldman Sachs following the news that the investment bank is under attack by regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. Although its articles are sprinkled with the word "alleged", Time seems to have already judged Goldman Sachs and the rest of Wall Street guilty as charged. In one article this weekend Time highlights the irony that Gary Gensler, a former Goldman Sachs partner and now chairman of the CFTC, is currently gunning for his previous paymasters. According to Time: