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Additional Registration and Other Regulatory Relief for Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors; Past Performance Issues; Correction

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AGENCY:

Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

ACTION:

Final rules; correction.

SUMMARY:

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission) published in the Federal Register of August 8, 2003, a document providing additional relief for certain persons excluded from the commodity pool operator (CPO) definition, providing Start Printed Page 52837exemptions from registration as a CPO or commodity trading advisor (CTA), and facilitating communications by CPOs and CTAs (Final Rules). This document contains corrections to the final rules.

DATES:

Effective September 8, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Barbara S. Gold, Associate Director, or Christopher W. Cummings, Special Counsel, Division of Clearing and Intermediary Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 1155 21st Street, NW., Washington, DC 20581, telephone numbers: (202) 418-5450 or (202) 418-5445, respectively; facsimile number: (202) 418-5528; and electronic mail: bgold@cftc.gov or ccummings@cftc.gov, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Commission published the Final Rules in the Federal Register of August 8, 2003 (68 FR 47221). The Final Rules affect CPOs and CTAs and persons excluded or exempted from registering as such. As published, however, the Final Rules contain errors that may be misleading and need clarification. In addition to correcting typographical errors and clarifying certain rules referenced in Appendix A, as is discussed below, the Commission is clarifying the right of redemption of a pool participant and the right of termination of a CTA client.

Rules 4.13(b)(2) and 4.14(a)(8)(iii)(B), respectively, address the situation where a CPO qualifies for exemption from registration in connection with all of the pools it operates or a CTA qualifies for exemption from registration in connection with providing advice to all of its clients. In such a situation, these rules provide that where a registered CPO or CTA intends to claim the exemption and to withdraw from registration, the CPO or CTA must, among other things, provide pool participants or advisory clients with a right of redemption or right of termination, as the case may be.

Rules 4.13(e)(2) and 4.14(c)(2), respectively, address the situation where a registered CPO qualifies for exemption from registration in connection with some of the pools it operates or a registered CTA qualifies for exemption from registration in connection with providing advice to some of the clients it advises. In such a situation, these rules provide that the CPO or CTA may treat the pools or clients for which it would otherwise qualify for exemption from registration as if it were in fact exempt from registration.

The Commission is clarifying that where a CPO or CTA seeks relief, all pool participants and clients have the same right to redemption or termination regardless of whether their CPO or CTA (1) intends to withdraw from registration (the first situation discussed above), or (2) remains registered and treats them as if the CPO or CTA had in fact withdrawn from registration (the second situation discussed above). Thus, the Commission is clarifying that, regardless of registration status, the obligations of the CPO or CTA to pool participants or clients are the same in this context.

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1. On page 47233, in the first column, in § 4.13(e)(2)(i)(B), in the third line, delete the word “and” and in paragraph (e)(2)(ii), in the second line, delete “.” and insert “; and” and add new paragraph (e)(2)(iii) to read as follows:

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Exemption from registration as a commodity pool operator.
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(iii) Provides to each existing participant in a pool that the person elects to operate as described in paragraph (a)(3) or (a)(4) of this section a right to redeem the participant's interest in the pool, and informs each such participant of that right no later than the time the person commences to operate the pool as described in paragraph (a)(3) or (a)(4) of this section.

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2. On the same page, in the third column, in § 4.14(a)(8)(iii)(A)(

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3. On page 47234, in the third column in paragraph (c)(2), in the eleventh line, before the period, insert the following text: “;

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4. On page 47235, in the first column, in § 4.22(c), in the ninth line, the word “on” is corrected to read “of”.

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5. On the same page, in the second column, paragraph (j) introductory text is redesignated as (j)(1), paragraphs (j)(A) and (B) are redesignated as (j)(1)(i) and (ii) respectively, and paragraph (j)(ii) is redesignated as paragraph (j)(2).

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Appendix A to Part 4—[Corrected]

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6. On page 47236, in the second column, in the first paragraph “

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7. On the same page, in the second column, in paragraph “3.

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8. On the same page, in the third column, in the paragraph “

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Issued in Washington, DC, on September 2, 2003 by the Commission.

Jean A. Webb,

Secretary of the Commission.

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[FR Doc. 03-22755 Filed 9-5-03; 8:45 am]

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