National Futures Association
The National Futures Association issued a press release yesterday which stated that it:
Has taken an emergency enforcement action against Peregrine Financial Group, Inc. (PFG), an NFA Member futures commission merchant (FCM) and Peregrine Asset Management, Inc. (PAM), an NFA Member commodity trading advisor (CTA) and commodity pool operator (CPO) located in Chicago, Illinois.
Full details of the Member Responsibility Action (MRA) against PFG have also been made available, in which the NFA says:
At last we know the answer to the questions posed by FXCM themselves back in August following settlement of charges brought by the NFA, when they revealed that:
FXCM has set aside a $16 million reserve for the…. anticipated CFTC settlement.
Yet again the CFTC have simultaneously:
Fresh from having their UK subsidiary fined by the CFTC earlier this month, FXCM have now been fined $2 million by the National Futures Association. Once again the complaint against FXCM and their CEO Drew Niv and details of the agreed settlement have been published simultaneously. Once again FXCM neither admit nor deny the allegations in the complaint, which concern FXCM's failure to pass on positive slippage from their liquidity providers to their customers, and lapses in their anti money laundering procedures. However this time around FXCM's customers do stand to benefit financially since one of the agreed sanctions states that:
In a press release issued earlier today The Business Trial Group of Morgan & Morgan, P.A. announced that it had filed a class action lawsuit today against Forex Capital Markets, LLC (FXCM) alleging fraud and racketeering. My thanks to Michael Greenberg over at ForexMagnates for bringing this interesting piece of news to my attention.
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The National Futures Association has just issued additional guidance to it's members about the CFTC's Final Forex Regulations. In its latest notice to members the NFA says that:
NFA staff has received a number of inquiries from Members seeking further guidance and clarification on certain requirements. Based on further consultation with CFTC staff on Friday, October 8th, this Notice provides additional guidance on the following areas:
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:
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:
In the first response I have spotted made by a forex broker to their recent proposal to limit leverage to a maximum of 10 to 1, the CFTC earlier this week published a 6 page letter from Interbank FX on their website. Interbank FX welcome most of the other CFTC proposals, but say that the 10 to 1 leverage proposal: