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January 31, 2012

CFTC Weighs New Rules for High-Frequency Derivatives Trading

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which is working to complete Dodd-Frank Act rules for derivatives markets, is weighing new rules and oversight of companies that use automated and high-frequency trading systems.

CFTC members may vote to issue a so-called concept release in the next few months to gather public comment on potential regulations, according to CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler and Commissioner Bart Chilton, a fellow Democrat. The agency also plans to set up an advisory panel to help define high-frequency trading, according to Republican commissioner Scott O’Malia.

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