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Interpretative Letters

Date
Interpretative Letters
06/25/2009
09-27 PDF Image; Sections 1a(6) and 4m; Interpretation
The Division of Clearing and Intermediary Oversight confirmed that a person registered as an investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission: (1) would come within the CTA definition in Section 1a(6) of the Act if it offered as part of its comprehensive portfolio management a “managed futures account” component; and (2) would be required to register as a CTA with the Commission unless an exemption from registration was available to it. Based upon the facts presented to it, the Division concluded that none of the exemptions from CTA registration in Regulation 4.14 would be available to the investment adviser. The Division further offered that, assuming that none of the adviser’s customers would be in the nature of the collective investment vehicles identified in Section 4m(3) of the Act, the adviser might be able to claim the exemption from CTA registration available under that section.
08/03/2009
09-36 PDF Image; Regulation 4.10(d); Interpretation
The Division of Clearing and Intermediary Oversight issued an interpretation that a charitable foundation would not be a commodity pool, and that its directors would not be commodity pool operators, if the foundation traded commodity interests. This interpretation was based on, among others, representations that: (1) no current or future donor to the foundation will be entitled to receive any of the assets, net earnings, income or profits of the foundation; and (2) no (other) charitable organization has any entitlement, on an annual or other basis, to a contribution from the foundation.
10/20/2009
09-46 PDF Image; Regulation 4.10(d)(1); Interpretation
The Division of Clearing and Intermediary Oversight issued an interpretation that a family partnership is not a commodity pool where all participants are close family members. This interpretation would not be affected by family members forming a CTA which will manage both the family partnership’s commodity interest trading and the trading of non-related persons.

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