On March 17, 2015, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a final rule amending CFTC Regulation 1.22 by removing December 31, 2018 as the automatic termination date of the phased-in compliance period for the Residual Interest Deadline for Futures Commission Merchants. Regulation 1.22 concerns the posting of collateral. In the event that a customer’s account has insufficient margin, an FCM must commit its own capital—often referred to as “residual interest” — to make up the difference. Previously, the Residual Interest Deadline was set at 6pm Eastern Standard Time and would automatically occur, without any CFTC action or opportunity for public input. In November 2014, the CFTC proposed to amend the rule so that the Residual Interest Deadline would not occur earlier than 6pm without an affirmative CFTC action and an opportunity for public comment. The current action by the CFTC is to finalize this change.

The Final Rule is available at: http://www.cftc.gov/ucm/groups/public/@newsroom/documents/file/federalregister031715.pdf.