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NAMA Calls on Congress to Limit Futures Market Risk Exacerbated by the MF Global Bankruptcy

December 8, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 8, 2011 – The North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) called on Congress yesterday to take action and limit futures market risk, exacerbated by the MF Global bankruptcy, to millers and other futures market participants. MF Global, a major global financial derivatives broker, filed for bankruptcy in October 2011. In a letter NAMA sent to the House and Senate Agriculture Committees NAMA stated, “Millers and other futures contract participants are experiencing a crisis of confidence in the markets as a result of the MF Global situation.” NAMA pressed the point that segregated customer funds are sacrosanct and that millers and similar hedgers should be the first in line when MF Global funds are disbursed.

NAMA called on Congress to immediately:

  • Direct CFTC to immediately enact rules requiring customer segregated funds be kept in escrow accounts, in cash or very liquid government-backed instruments.
  • Affirm that legislative intent underlying relevant statutes in this area call for the first priority for funds from segregated accounts is they be distributed to the customers that deposited them.
  • Direct the CFTC to conduct an immediate audit, or the agency should request third party audited statements of all brokers and Futures Commission Merchants to ensure confidence that customer funds remain segregated.
  • Study the creation of an industry insurance fund to cover commodity futures contracts.
  • Conduct a complete review of CFTC audit procedures.

NAMA is the trade association representing 42 companies that operate 172 wheat, oat and corn mills in 38 states and Canada. Their collective production capacity exceeds 175 million pounds of product each day, more than 95 percent of the total industry production.

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Read the letter on the NAMA website: http://www.namamillers.org/pdf/ Ltr_MFGlobalBankruptcyImpact.pdf.

Contact: Terri Long, NAMA, tlong@namamillers.org

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