On September 3 2014 the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (DSIO) issued a no-action letter for commodity pool operators (CPOs) of certain commodity pools that are non-registered investment companies ('parent pools') and use wholly owned trading subsidiaries to trade commodity interests. In cases where CPOs do not provide a separate annual report(1) or a separate Form CPO-PQR report for a parent pool's trading subsidiary to the National Futures Association,(2) the DSIO recommends that the CFTC not take enforcement action, as long as:
- the CPO of the parent pool is also the CPO of the trading subsidiary;
- the exposure to the trading subsidiary by the participants in its parent pool is shared pro rata;
- the CPO consolidates the reports for the trading subsidiary with those of its parent pool; and
- the CPO claims the relief through notice.
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