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For Immediate Release
January 19, 2012

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

National Futures Association begins accepting registration applications from swap dealers and major swap participants

The CFTC's final rules require all SDs and MSPs to be registered with the Commission and become members of a registered futures association. NFA is currently the only such organization. Applying for registration will not be mandatory until the CFTC finalizes its rules defining SDs, MSPs and swaps and they become effective. However, persons who believe that they are SDs or MSPs may apply for registration before then.

The SDs and MSPs applying for registration will be granted provisional registration while the CFTC continues the process of finalizing rules defining compliance requirements under section 4s of the Commodity Exchange Act.

The CFTC has previously authorized NFA to conduct a full range of registration functions with regard to futures commission merchants, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, introducing brokers, leverage transaction merchants, floor brokers, floor traders and retail foreign exchange dealers.

"Over the years, NFA has developed a comprehensive electronic online registration system," said NFA President Dan Roth, "and during the past few months we have enhanced the system to accommodate these two new registration categories."

NFA has developed a new section of its website ( to provide information and guidance to SDs and MSPs, and NFA will update its website over time to provide further regulatory and registration information.

Individuals can also direct their questions to NFA's Information Center at (312) 781-1410 or (800) 621-3570 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.

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