NGFA Issues Preliminary Recommendations to Safeguard Customer Funds
Source: NGFA news release
After MF Global Bankruptcy has shaken the industry's confidence
To assign accountability and to aid in establishing that fraudulent activity has occurred in the event customer funds are misappropriated, the CFTC should require the signature of two authorized principals of an FCM, such as the chief executive officer, chief financial officer or other senior officers, to move funds out of segregated customer fund accounts to non-customer accounts.
FCMs should be required to provide immediate notice to their SRO and to the CFTC if the firm moves more than a specified percentage (to be determined by the CFTC) of excess segregated funds to non-customer accounts.
FCMs should be required by their SRO periodically to certify policies and procedures to ensure the safeguarding of customer-segregated accounts and compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding such accounts. All SRO examinations should require principals of FCMs to certify that policies and procedures are adequate, effective and being observed by the FCM, the NGFA said. At least annually, SROs should be required by the CFTC to review policies and procedures to determine adequacy and compliance.
A rigorous review by the CFTC of capital requirements for FCMs and broker-dealers needs to be conducted, with a view to scrutinizing the current practice of allowing double-counting of required capital when a firm operates as both an FCM and a broker-dealer.
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