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* Some dealers to suspend retail precious metals trading
* Dodd-Frank section 742 to go into effect on July 16
NEW YORK, June 21 Some dealers are expected to
suspend U.S. retail trading of over-the-counter precious metals on
leverage due to a provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform
law that is set to go into effect on July 16.
Online dealer Forex.com, owned by GAIN Capital Holdings Inc
(GCAP.N), told clients in a letter that it must discontinue metals
trading for U.S. residents by July 15, and all open metal
positions must be closed by that date.
A spokeswoman of Forex.com cited a specific section of the
Dodd-Frank law regarding CFTC's oversight over off-exchange
commodity transactions on a leveraged basis with retail
That section, 742 of the Dodd-Frank law, passed nearly a year
ago, requires that as of July 16, transactions in certain
commodities, other than foreign currency, that are entered into
with a non-eligible contract participants (ECP) on a leveraged
basis, and that are not actually delivered within 28 days, must be
conducted on a regulated futures exchange. A non-ECP is
essentially a retail customer.
Precious metals that are fully paid for or actually delivered
within 28 days are not affected.
(Reporting by Frank Tang; Editing by David Gregorio)