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NFA Increases Required Minimum Security Deposits for Forex Transactions

On March 20, National Futures Association (NFA) issued Notice to Members I-20-14, which announced the NFA Executive Committee’s decision to increase the minimum security deposits under NFA Financial Requirements Section 12 due to increased volatility in the currency markets and the margin increases that CME and ICE implemented for foreign currency futures involving the Norwegian Krone and Mexican Peso. Minimum security deposits required to be collected and maintained by forex dealer members have been increased to the following:

  • Norwegian Krone – 7 percent

  • Mexican Peso – 10 percent

The increases became effective for both new and existing positions at 5:00 p.m. CT on March 22, 2020, and will remain in effect until further notice.

More information is available here.

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Kevin M. Foley, Finance Lawyer, Katten Llaw Firm
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Kevin M. Foley has extensive experience in commodities law and advises a wide range of clients, both in the United States and abroad, on compliance with the Commodity Exchange Act and the rules of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) affecting traditional exchange-traded products, as well as the over-the-counter markets involving swaps and other derivative instruments. His clients include futures commission merchants, derivatives clearing organizations, designated contract markets, foreign boards of trade and an industry trade association.

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Laura Krcmaric, Financial Services Attorney, Katten Law Firm
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Laura Krcmaric represents clients in the financial services industry, focusing on regulatory and compliance work. Prior to joining Katten, Laura served as counsel for Credit Suisse, where she provided advice to the private banking and wealth management division. She also was an honors intern with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

While in law school, Laura served as a staff member and symposium editor for the North Carolina Law Review. She also was a member of the Community Development Law Clinic, representing nonprofit organizations.

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