Release: 5660-09
For Release: May 22, 2009

CFTC Seeks Public Comment on Possible Changes to Regulations for Investment of Funds Deposited with Clearing Organizations and Futures Commission Merchants

Washington, DC – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has approved for publication in the Federal Register an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment on possible changes to its regulations regarding the investment of customer funds segregated pursuant to Section 4d of the Commodity Exchange Act and funds held in an account subject to Regulation 30.7.

Regulation 1.25 provides that a derivatives clearing organization or a futures commission merchant holding customer segregated funds may invest those funds in certain permitted investments subject to specified requirements that are designed to minimize exposure to credit, liquidity, and market risks. The CFTC is considering proposing amendments that would revise the scope and character of these permitted investments.

Additionally, in conjunction with its consideration of possible amendments to Regulation 1.25, the CFTC is considering applying the investment requirements of Regulation 1.25, including any prospective amendments, to investments of funds held in accounts subject to Regulation 30.7 (accounts for foreign futures and options).

The CFTC seeks public comment on this action before issuing any proposed rule amendments. The comment file will remain open for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register. Copies of comments may be obtained by contacting the CFTC’s Office of the Secretariat, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20581, 202-418-5100 or by accessing the CFTC’s website, Interested parties may submit their comments electronically at All comments received will be promptly posted on the CFTC's website.

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Last Updated: May 22, 2009