Regulatory Notice 14-02
FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Amendments to FINRA Rule 4210 for Transactions in the TBA Market
Comment Period Expires: February 26, 2014
FINRA is seeking comment on proposed amendments to FINRA Rule 4210 to establish margin requirements for transactions in the To Be Announced (TBA) market. The proposal, designed to reflect the growth of the TBA market and to replace current interpretive materials under Rule 4210 that have become outdated, is informed by the set of best practices adopted by the Treasury Market Practices Group (TMPG) of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY). Consistent with the overarching goal of many regulatory initiatives since the financial crisis, the proposal aims to reduce counterparty credit risk. The proposal would accomplish this in the TBA market by addressing, among other things, maintenance margin and variation (also referred to in the proposed rule language and this Notice as mark to market) margin requirements, risk limit determinations, concentrated exposures, and exemptions for de minimis transfer amounts and for transactions cleared through registered clearing agencies. The proposed rule amendment is available as Attachment A at www.finra.org/notices/14-02.
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The comment period has been extended to March 28, 2014.