CFTC, NFA, CME – Written Supervisory Procedures

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) registrants often mistakenly believe company written supervisory procedures (“WSPs”) once established do not need to be adjusted. Many times, after Turnkey Trading Partners (“Turnkey”) establishes a consulting relationship with a new customer, it is quickly determined that an overhaul of company policies and procedures is necessary. How can this be? Where is the disconnect between industry participants and regulators occurring? Can this problem be avoided?

Expiration of Temporary Relief from Fingerprinting Requirements

On September 29, 2020, DSIO issued an email alert stating that this no-action relief would not be extended beyond September 30, 2020. Therefore, beginning on October 1, 2020, all applicants for AP registration and all-natural persons being listed as a principal of an applicant or registrant must submit the applicant’s or natural person principal’s fingerprints on an applicant fingerprint card, which are available at facilities offering fingerprinting services.

Relief from the On-Site Annual Inspection of Branch Offices and Guaranteed IBs

Due to COVID-19, NFA understands that it may difficult for Members to conduct on-site inspections at branch offices and guaranteed IBs this year. Therefore, although Members must conduct the required annual inspection of each branch office and guaranteed IB by December 31, 2020, firms may conduct these inspections remotely.