CFTC No-Action Relief for Mortgage REIT Operators from Commodity Pool Operator Registration

On December 7, the CFTC issued a no-action letter to mortgage real estate investment trusts which provides that the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight will not recommend that the CFTC take enforcement action against the operators of mortgage REITs for failure to register as commodity pool operators under the Commodity Exchange Act and the CFTC’s regulations, provided that the mortgage REIT satisfies certain criteria including compliance with a de minimis threshold.  CFTC Release.  No-Action Letter.