December 5, 2016
CFTC Reproposes Position Limits Rule
Commission Also Approves Final Rule on Aggregation of Positions
Washington, DC —The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today voted unanimously to repropose regulations implementing limits on speculative futures and swaps positions as called for in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). In a separate vote, CFTC approved final aggregation regulations, which are a key component of the CFTC’s existing position limits regime. The reproposal will be open for public comment for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.
In response to comments on a prior proposal published in December 2013, and on a supplemental proposal published in June 2016, the CFTC is reproposing limits on speculative positions in 25 core physical commodity futures contracts and their “economically equivalent” futures, options, and swaps (referenced contracts), and is deferring action on three cash-settled commodities
The CFTC is also reproposing the definition of bona fide hedging position, as well as exemptions for bona fide hedging positions in physical commodities. Exemptions are being reproposed for, among other things, positions that are established in good faith prior to the effective date of the initial limits that would be established by final regulations.
In addition, the reproposed regulations include requirements and acceptable practices for Designated Contract Markets (DCMs) and Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) for setting position limits for the 25 referenced contracts, as well as acceptable practices for exchange position limits or accountability rules in all other listed contracts, including excluded commodities. The reproposed regulations also permit exchange recognition of non-enumerated bona fide hedging positions, certain enumerated anticipatory hedge positions, and granting of spread exemptions. The reproposal includes updated reporting requirements under part 19 of the CFTC’s regulations.
Finally, the reproposed regulations would delay any requirement for DCMs and SEFs that lack access to sufficient swap position information to establish position limits on swaps that are subject to a federal position limit.
Last Updated: December 5, 2016