Regulator strengthens enforcement authority


The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) passed a final rule to expand its anti-manipulation powers under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act late last week. Several industry executives question the ability of the new law to improve prosecution and conviction rates.

The rule, which will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, uses a fraud-based standard modelled on the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC's) Rule 10b-5 of the

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