Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today issued an Order filing and settling charges against MB Trading Futures Inc. (MB Trading), a registered Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer (RFED) of El Segundo, California, for failing to comply with minimum financial requirements for registered RFEDs and Futures Commission Merchants (FCMs) that offer or engage in retail off-exchange foreign currency (forex) transactions. MB Trading has been registered with the CFTC as an FCM since Feb. 28, 2006 and as an RFED since Sept. 9, 2010.
Effective October 18, 2010, the CFTC adopted comprehensive new rules to protect individual investors that buy forex contracts from, or sell forex contracts to, forex firms. Under these rules, RFEDs and FCMs that offer or engage in retail forex transactions must at all times maintain adjusted net capital of $20 million, or more in some circumstances, and hold enough assets to meet or exceed their total retail forex obligations to customers. The new rules impose several restrictions on the types of funds that firms can include in their adjusted net capital and asset computations.
According to the CFTC Order, for more than 16 months after adoption of the new rules, between October 18, 2010 and March 1, 2012, MB Trading improperly included certain funds held in four accounts in its adjusted net capital computations. After excluding those funds as required, the Order finds that MB Trading failed to meet its adjusted net capital requirements for 456 calendar days between October 18, 2010 and March 1, 2012.
During the same period, MB Trading also improperly included certain funds held in two of the same accounts, along with funds held in a third account, in its asset computations, according to the Order. After excluding those funds as required, the Order finds that MB Trading failed to hold enough assets to meet or exceed its total retail forex obligation to customers for 501 calendar days between October 18, 2010 and March 1, 2012.
Had these funds properly qualified under the regulations, MB Trading would have complied with its adjusted net capital and asset requirements, according to the Order.
The CFTC Order imposes a $200,000 civil monetary penalty and a cease and desist order on MB Trading for these violations. The Order notes that in settling this matter, the CFTC took into account MB Trading’s cooperation and the corrective action it undertook after its deficiencies were discovered.
The CFTC appreciates the assistance of the National Futures Association.
CFTC Division of Enforcement staff responsible for this action are Stephanie Reinhart, Melissa Glasbrenner, William Janulis, Scott Williamson, Rosemary Hollinger, and Richard Wagner. Tom Bloom, Kurt Harms, Justin Beebe, and Lauren Fulks of the CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight also assisted in this matter.