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(Board of Directors, March 24, 1997; revised July 1, 2000; July 24, 2000; December 31, 2001; October 18, 2010, and January 14, 2016.)


NFA Financial Requirements require each FCM for which NFA is DSRO, each RFED and each IB which is not operating pursuant to a guarantee agreement to file financial reports with NFA. FCMs and RFEDs must file reports monthly while IBs file on a semi-annual basis. FCMs and RFEDs file reports on CFTC Form 1-FR-FCM while IBs use Form 1-FR-IB. FCMs or IBs which are also registered as securities brokers or dealers may use the SEC FOCUS Report in lieu of the Form 1-FR for their financial reports.

NFA, in partnership with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade, has developed computer software which allows FCMs, RFEDs and IBs to electronically file financial reports with NFA, the CME, CBOT and the CFTC. This software is being used industry-wide. The software accommodates filing of the Form 1-FR-FCM, Form 1-FR-IB, FOCUS II and FOCUS IIA Reports, including those required to be certified by a Certified Public Accountant. All FCMs and IBs for which NFA is the DSRO and RFEDs must file their financial reports electronically using this software.

NFA's filing software also includes procedures for the appropriate representative of the NFA Member FCM, RFED or IB to attest to the completeness and accuracy of the financial report in order to comply with NFA and CFTC certification and attestation requirements. Each authorized signer must apply to NFA for a Personal Identification Number using an application form approved by NFA.

Full details about the software and electronic filing procedures and the application form for obtaining a PIN number are available by accessing the Compliance Section, Issues for FCMs, RFEDs and IBs, of NFA's web site at or by contacting the Information Center at (312) 781-1410. Information is also available on the Joint Audit Committee's web site at

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