Departing from its historical practice but following the approach taken by the SEC and FINRA, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on Feb. 12, 2019, announced its first release of examination priorities for each of its regulatory divisions. In making the announcement, CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo indicated the release is part of CFTC’s “initiative to improve the relationship between the Agency and the entities it regulates, while promoting a culture of compliance at our registrants.”

The Release is divided into three main areas:

  1. Division of Market Oversight (DMO)
  2. Division of Swap Dealer & Intermediary Oversight (DSIO)
  3. Division of Clearing and Risk (DCR)

In another regulatory first, the National Futures Association (NFA) issued a notice to members requiring adoption and implementation of certain internal controls by registered commodity pool operators (CPOs).

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