eFOCUS System Updates Applicable to Joint Broker-Dealers/Futures Commission Merchants
Beginning with the monthly FOCUS Report that is due on February 26, 2014 (covering the January 31, 2014, reporting period), FINRA is updating specified reporting schedules under the eFOCUS system to incorporate several of the new financial reporting requirements the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has adopted. Each member firm that is a futures commission merchant (FCM) must file the updated schedules as part of its monthly FOCUS Reports. The modified version of the FOCUS Report Part II and Part II CSE, which will include the updated CFTC schedules, will be available through FINRA's eFOCUS system beginning Monday, February 10, 2014.
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Background & Discussion
In November 2013, the CFTC adopted amendments1 to the CFTC's Regulation 1.10 that, among other things, include requirements for FCMs to make specified disclosures under the following schedules in the CFTC's Form 1-FR-FCM:2
The amendments to the Segregation Schedule and the Secured Amounts Schedule require each FCM to disclose the targeted amount of "residual interest"3 that the FCM seeks to maintain in customer segregated accounts and secured accounts as computed under CFTC regulations. The Cleared Swaps Segregation Schedule is the new schedule that the CFTC has adopted4 to further implement the cleared swaps segregation requirements set forth under Section 724(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act.5 FINRA notes that the new Cleared Swaps Segregation Schedule replaces the Statement of Sequestration Requirements and Funds in Cleared OTC Derivatives Sequestered Accounts as implemented pursuant to Regulatory Notice 10-46.
Pursuant to FINRA Rule 4521(a), FINRA member firms that are FCMs must file the updated schedules in eFOCUS as set forth in the modified FOCUS Report Part II and Part II CSE, commencing with the monthly FOCUS Report Part II and Part II CSE that is due on February 26, 2014 (covering the January 31, 2014, reporting period). The modified version of the FOCUS Report Part II and Part II CSE, which will include the updated CFTC schedules, will be available through FINRA's eFOCUS system beginning Monday, February 10, 2014.6
1See CFTC Final Rule Release, Enhancing Protections Afforded Customers and Customer Funds Held by Futures Commission Merchants and Derivatives Clearing Organizations, 78 FR 68506 (November 14, 2013).
2 CFTC Regulation 1.10 addresses the financial reporting requirements of FCMs and introducing brokers subject to the CFTC's jurisdiction. Form 1-FR-FCM is the CFTC's financial reporting form for FCMs under Regulation 1.10.
3 As stated by the CFTC, "residual interest" refers to a cushion of proprietary funds that an FCM deposits into customer segregated and secured accounts to protect against becoming undersegregated or undersecured by failing to hold a sufficient amount of funds in such accounts to meet regulatory requirements. See 78 FR at 68513.
4See 78 FR at 68514. The CFTC stated that FCMs currently prepare a schedule comparable to the Cleared Swaps Segregation Schedule under applicable contract market or National Futures Association rules, and that the new schedule codifies existing practices. In this regard, FINRA implemented the Statement of Sequestration Requirements and Funds in Cleared OTC Derivatives Sequestered Accounts as announced in Regulatory Notice 10-46 (October 2010).
5 Pub. L. No. 111-203, 124 Stat. 1376 (2010).
6 The CFTC's amendments include specified revisions to the Statement of Financial Condition under Form 1-FR-FCM. See 78 FR at 68515. Member firms should note that FINRA is not adopting these revisions into the Statement of Financial Condition under eFOCUS.