• Position Limits in Treasury Futures During Last Ten Trading Days

      • To
      • Members, Member Firms, and Market Users
      • From
      • Market Regulation Department
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      • CBOT-RA0904-1
      • Notice Date
      • 17 February 2009
      • Effective Date
      • 17 February 2009
    • The relevant CBOT Treasury futures product chapters establish position limits in CBOT Treasury futures contracts that are applicable during the last ten trading days of an expiring contract.  The position limits for each contract and the relevant dates for the expiring March 2009 contracts are detailed in the table below:



      March 2009 Contract                  Position Limit During Last Ten Trading Days              Effective Date (by close of business on)

      Treasury Bonds                              25,000 contacts                                                                      March 6, 2009

      Ten-Year Treasury Notes           60,000 contracts                                                                    March 6, 2009

      Five-Year Treasury Notes          45,000 contracts                                                                    March 17, 2009

      Two-Year Treasury Notes          25,000 contracts                                                                    March 17, 2009


      No hedge exemptions are permitted.


      Aggregation Standards for Treasury Futures Position Limits



      Pursuant to CBOT Rule 559 (“Position Limits and Exemptions”), in determining compliance with these limits, all positions in accounts for which a person by power of attorney or otherwise directly or indirectly holds positions or controls trading, except as set forth below, shall be included with the positions held by the person.  The limits upon positions also apply to positions held by two or more persons acting pursuant to an expressed or implied agreement or understanding, the same as if the positions were held by, or the trading of the positions was done by, a single person.


      An eligible entity, as defined in CFTC Regulation   150.1(d), will not be considered to have violated the position limits based on positions established on its behalf by one or more independent account controllers, as defined in CFTC Regulation  150.1(e), if each such account controller does not exceed the Treasury futures position limits.  If an independent account controller is affiliated with the eligible entity or another independent account controller, each of the affiliated entities must:


      1)      Have and enforce written procedures to preclude the affiliated entities from having knowledge of gaining access to, or receiving data about, trades of the other.  Such procedures must include document routing, and other procedures or security arrangements, including separate physical locations, which would maintain the independence of their activities.  However, such procedures may provide for the disclosure of information which is reasonably necessary for an eligible entity to maintain the level of control consistent with its fiduciary responsibilities and necessary to fulfill its duty to supervise diligently the trading done on its behalf;


      2)      Trade such accounts pursuant to separately developed and independent trading systems;


      3)      Market such trading systems separately; and


      4)      Solicit funds for such trading by separate Disclosure Documents that meet the standards of CFTC Regulations     4.24 or      4.34, as applicable, where such documents are required.


      Additionally, Treasury futures positions carried in independently controlled accounts owned by different legal entities, irrespective of whether the entities qualify as eligible entities, may exceed the position limits provided that affiliated legal entities meet the independence standards above and provided that the overall positions held or controlled by each such independent account controller do not exceed the limits.


      CBOT Rule 560 (“Position Accountability”) which establishes position accountability for Treasury futures contracts also applies to these contracts.


      Questions regarding this advisory should be directed to the following individuals in Market Regulation:


      William Lange, Associate Director, 312.341.7757


      Jonathan Parker, Experienced Analyst, 312.347.4138


      Steve Mair, Manager, 312.341.7034


      Jerry O’Connor, Associate Director, 312.341.7048


      Michael Joubert, Analyst, 312.341.7714