Public Statements & Remarks

"Position Points"

Statement of Commissioner Bart Chilton, Meeting of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

December 16, 2010

On Tuesday, in remarks to Americans for Financial Reform, I discussed a proposal that could serve as an interim step prior to the implementation of mandatory position limits required by the new financial reform law.  I detailed this "Position Point" proposal yesterday in testimony before Congress.  I have also spoken with the heads of exchanges and market participants about Position Points.  Here are the details of my proposal:

  • Once a trader reaches a specific Position Point, it triggers a new level of heightened regulatory scrutiny.
  • A Position Point is reached when a trader has an aggregate, on-exchange position limit of 10% of the first 25,000 contracts of open interest in one of 28 commodities (in energy, metals, and agricultural commodities), then 2.5% of open interest above 25,000 contracts.
  • This triggers a special call of that trader’s swaps positions.
  • If the swaps positions, netted with on-exchange positions, reduced the aggregate to below the Position Point, there is no regulatory action.
  • If the swaps positions, netted with on-exchange positions, increases the aggregate to above the Position Point, then regulators use all available authorities, as appropriate, to reduce those positions.

Last Updated: December 17, 2010