Ask the Experts: The 2013 USDA Prospective Plantings Report

The March 28, 2013, USDA Prospective Plantings report will have a major impact on agricultural markets, providing the first survey-based indication of the expected plantings for the 2013 season. In anticipation of this report, please join us as experts from CME Group and Thomson Reuters discuss acreage expectations and the current market outlook.  When: Wednesday, March 27 2:30 p.m. CT…...

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What Is Link Building and Why Is It Important?

Whether you possess a wealth of knowledge in search engine optimization (SEO) or you’ve just heard about it in passing, you probably know the phrase “link building” and how crucial it is to your website’s success. If you don’t know about link building don’t sweat it, you’re in the right place. In general terms, search engine optimization (SEO) is the…...

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ICE Launches First Indian Rupee Futures at a U.S. Exchange on Jan 22

ICE Futures U.S. announced that it will launch a new cash-settled currency futures contract based on the Indian rupee/U.S. dollar exchange rate on Tuesday, January 22. The ICE rupee contract will be the first futures contract on the Indian currency offered by a U.S. exchange. It offers market participants the ease of doing business in a regulated futures environment for…...

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Member Obligations Under NFA Bylaw 1101 with Respect to Certain IBs Afforded Temporary Registration No-Action Relief

NFA Bylaw 1101 prohibits an NFA Member from carrying an account, accepting an order or handling a transaction in commodity futures contracts for or on behalf of any non-Member of NFA that is required to be registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as an FCM, IB, CPO, CTA or LTM. Bylaw 1101 by its terms imposes strict liability…...

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IIB Candidate for NFA BOD | John Alan Vassallo

Information Request Questionnaire Your Name & NFA # John Alan Vassallo 221551 How long have you personally been in the futures industry? 25 years Your 3-sentence Bio: Began working on the NYMEX floor in 1989; moved back to my home town, Dallas, TX, in 1990 to found my IB, Coquest which focuses on energy trading/hedging and managed futures. We now…...

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Rebuilding Confidence Through Safer Markets

Since the failures of MF Global and PFG, CME Group has worked closely with futures industry leaders to restore customer confidence and strengthen the protection of customer segregated funds. Together, CME Group, the NFA and the CFTC worked together to institute, in order to deter the misuse of customer funds, including: Daily segregation reporting by all FCMs. Bi-monthly reporting on…...

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CME Group Completes Acquisition of Kansas City Board of Trade

Yesterday CME Group announced that it completed its acquisition of the Kansas City Board of Trade. Below is a message on this from CME Group’s Tim Andriesen that went to CME Group customers and we wanted to pass this along to our industry association contacts who may have an interest. To Our Valued Customers: A few weeks ago we told…...

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Chairman’s Letter – December, 2012

Dear Members – As 2012 draws to an end, most of us are still looking for answers to the confusing, disappointing, dangerous and just plain weird events of the past year.  Regulatory, legal and accounting issues which directly affect our businesses will all undergo significant changes in 2013 – some as a direct result of the MF Global and PFGBest…...

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January 24, 2013 | SoCal Event, Newport Beach, CA

NIBA, CME Group and the NFA will host an afternoon event at Flemings Steakhouse in Newport Beach, California. Date: January 24, 2013 Time: 2:00pm-6:00pm Location: Flemings Steakhouse, Newport Beach The focus of this tri-sponsored event will be the economic and regulatory outlook for 2013. The program includes: “Global Economic Update in this Era of Dissonance” presented by Blu Putnam |…...

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Coming in 2013: Swap Designated IBs

The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 amended the definitions of FCM, IB, CPO and CTA to include “swaps.” On August 13, 2012, the CFTC published final rule definitions for “swaps”, “security-based swaps” and “security-based swap agreement”. Therefore, any IBs that are not currently registered but are acting as an IB with respect to swaps subject to the jurisdiction of the CFTC…...

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