The U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing to consider proposed legislation on novel financial institution charters such as industrial loan companies, as well as state charters and licenses for cryptocurrency and blockchain firms.
Several trade groups expressed support for CFTC-proposed amendments to uncleared swap margin requirements. The groups offered additional recommendations to enhance the proposals or further their intended impact.
In a 3-2 vote, the CFTC adopted a final rule that applies federal speculative position limits to 25 "core referenced futures contracts," including futures and options linked to those contracts and economically equivalent swaps.
The DOJ filed a civil forfeiture complaint alleging that North Korean cyber actors stole millions of dollars' worth of cryptocurrency and then laundered the funds through Chinese OTC cryptocurrency traders.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that certain syndicated loans sold to institutional investors are not "securities" and rejected claims of violations of federal and state securities laws.
In a briefing before the Energy and Environmental Market Advisory Committee, the CFTC's Market Intelligence Branch concluded that "the derivatives markets appear resilient in the face of lower liquidity and historic volatility and volume."
In a new report on the Small Business Administration 7(A) Loan Guaranty Program, the Congressional Research Service summarized pending legislation to assist small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19.
The CFPB proposed extending an exemption that allows insured institutions to disclose estimates to consumers of the exchange rate and covered third-party fees when sending international money or remittance transfers.
CFTC Commissioners adopted amendments to increase current position limits that apply solely to security futures products and to harmonize them with limits set for equity options traded on a securities exchange.