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For Immediate Release
February 9, 2009

For more information contact:
Larry Dyekman (312) 781-1372,
Karen Wuertz (312) 781-1335,

NFA takes emergency enforcement action against New York commodity pool operator

February 9, Chicago - National Futures Association (NFA) announced today, that it has taken an emergency enforcement action against Mark E. Bloom, a Commodity Pool Operator (CPO) located in New York City. Bloom has failed to cooperate with NFA in its investigation of allegations that Bloom and North Hills Management, LLC, operated an illegal commodity pool, and exercised unlawful control over $8 million which was given to them by a charitable trust and a corporation owned by that trust for the purpose of making investments on their behalf. North Hills Management, LLC is a former CPO and Commodity Trading Advisor Member of NFA of which Bloom was principal. The Member Responsibility Action (MRA) is deemed necessary to protect the commodity futures markets, pool participants, customers and other NFA Members.

Effective immediately, the MRA suspends Bloom from NFA membership and associate membership indefinitely. The MRA also prohibits Bloom from soliciting or accepting any customer or pool participant funds or placing trades for pools that he operates. Additionally, Bloom and any other person acting on his behalf, is prohibited from disbursing or transferring any funds from any accounts which he owns or controls without prior approval from NFA. NFA Members who carry accounts in the name of, controlled by or advised by Bloom are prohibited from disbursing funds to Bloom or to any entity or account controlled by him without prior NFA approval. The MRA provides that it will remain in effect until such time Bloom has demonstrated to NFA that he is in complete compliance with all NFA Requirements. Bloom may request a hearing before an NFA Hearing Panel.

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