On August 17th, the CFTC approved a final rule to conform the CFTC's existing intermediary registration rules to changes made to the Commodity Exchange Act by the Dodd-Frank Act. The final rule also is intended to create uniformity in treatment of previously regulated and newly regulated commodity interest transactions (e.g., swaps and futures) by registered intermediaries, such as futures commission merchants and other registrants. The rule is effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, which is expected during the week of August 20. CFTC Press Release.