CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight Issues Advisory Concerning Commodity Trading Advisors and Swaps

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Washington, DC — The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC or Commission) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) today issued an advisory that provides guidance regarding requirements imposed on commodity trading advisors (CTAs) resulting from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act).

The Dodd-Frank Act amended the statutory definition of CTA to include any person who engages in the business of advising others on swaps. Additionally, certain CTAs who were previously exempt from registration with the CFTC are now required to register because of the CFTC’s rescission of Commission Regulation 4.13(a)(4) and amendments to Commission Regulation 4.5. As a result, provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC regulations applicable to CTAs might, depending on the circumstances, result in new advisory obligations.

This advisory provides guidance on the potential new advisory obligations of CTAs arising from the Dodd-Frank Act. It also informs the newly expanded class of CTAs and those previously exempt CTAs as to the general regulatory framework, including: (1) provisions of the CEA and CFTC regulations applicable generally to CTA activities; (2) CTA advisory obligations with respect to swap risk disclosures; and (3) requirements relevant to CTAs that advise Special Entities on swap transactions.

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