In Focus

  • Week InAdvance: July 27, 2015

    • Monday, July 27, 2015

    A CFTC advisory panel will meet Wednesday to discuss the agency's plan to rein in speculative trading amid calls to keep the rules from hurting firms that use hedges to limit business risk. The Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee discussion may help shape the regulations, which the CFTC has said it is looking to complete this year. The agency has had to regroup after derivatives-industry groups successfully sued to overturn an earlier version of the restrictions. The CFTC "must make sure that market participants can engage in bona fide hedging," Timothy Massad, the agency's chairman, said in comments about prospective limits on commodity speculation during a May speech in Washington. In addition to pressure from the industry, the agency's moves on position limits are also being watched in Congress, where the House passed a bill including an exemption for energy and agriculture firms in its CFTC reauthorization legislation. The bill is H.R.2289: CFTC Reauthorization - Commodity End-User Relief Act

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  • Week InReview: July 24, 2015

    • Friday, July 24, 2015

    Senators attack FSOC process for SIFI labels | DOL posts nearly 800 fiduciary rule comment letters | Basel Committee, IOSCO release final criteria on simple securitizations | Another grim year for commodities, says World Bank | Binge Reading Disorder

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  • Week InAdvance: July 20, 2015

    • Monday, July 20, 2015

    Eight of the biggest U.S. banks will get the answer to a multi-billion-dollar question today when the Fed adopts final rules for its plan to impose an additional capital demand. Bankers hope the central bank addresses how they'll be compared to the rest of the global industry as the strength of the dollar fluctuates, because the capital demand for each firm depends on its relationship with other companies. The Fed said the requirement won't go into effect for a few years.

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