Summary of Last Ten Year Trends in FCM/Listed Derivatives Industry

Overview of the Last Ten Years of Segregated Funds Data for US FCM’s: Source: CFTC, in Billion USD. 10 Year Evolution of Segregated Funds: As illustrated above, 2011 & 2009 are the only two years in the last 10 that the US segregated funds decreased, as published by the CFTC. The percentage decrease in 2011 was 4% and in 2009…...

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Top 10 Google AdWords Mistakes Brokers Make When Generating Futures Leads

Google AdWords is the most effective, budget-friendly, and powerful way to generate futures leads. Ads can be displayed not only on Google but on websites of all sizes from CNBC and Bloomberg to individual bloggers. Add the ability to view informative reports and set your own-budget (and stop-and-start on the fly) and you see why AdWords is the advertising method…...

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Introducing Broker–Net Capital Calculations

During a recent routine NFA audit of one of our Introducing Broker (IB) clients, it became apparent that NFA is enforcing the following: Security Deposits with your FCM are treated as 50% current and 50% noncurrent for capital purposes. Escrow Accounts (or other trading accounts) at your FCM are considered current for capital purposes but has a 50% haircut during…...

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NFA Requires Updates, Disclosures and Filings from CTAs and CPOs That Managed MF Global Assets

In the wake of the MF Global collapse, NFA is requiring CTAs and CPOs that managed assets at the failed FCM to make certain updates, disclosures and filings. CTAs must calculate their performance capsules in accordance with NFA Notice to Members I-12-04. That notice essentially provides that CTAs with programs involving MF Global managed accounts that were not notionally funded…...

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ICE Futures U.S. Offers Weekly Option Contracts on Sugar No. 11, Cotton No. 2 and Coffee “C” Futures

ICE Futures U.S. now lists weekly option contracts on Sugar No. 11®, Cotton No. 2® and Coffee “C”® futures contracts. The new weekly option contracts are short-life options that share most of the contract terms of the existing monthly option contracts – including strike price, minimum price quote, trading hours and exercise and assignment provisions. The weekly options, however, expire…...

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NIBA Announces a New Service Provider Directory

The National Introducing Brokers Association has been the leading nexus between futures industry professionals since 1991. In keeping with its networking spirit the NIBA is excited to announce the new Service Provider/Vendor category of membership to encompass companies that supply products and services to our members. NIBA’s service and vendor providers understand the unique needs of futures professionals and can…...

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ICE Futures Canada Launches New Canadian Grain Contracts on January 23

New Contracts Listed Reflect Market Participant Demand ICE Futures Canada will introduce three new futures and options contracts for durum wheat, milling wheat and barley January 23. The contracts are being launched following the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s legal monopoly to market all wheat, durum wheat and barley grown in Western Canada and destined for human consumption or…...

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Measuring and Using Relative Strength

Relative Strength, sometimes called comparative Relative Strength, can measure the relationship between two securities, between a security and an index, or between two indexes. This does not refer to the popular indicator called Relative Strength Index. The RSI measures the performance of a security or index against itself by producing a normalized measurement of “up closes” versus “down closes” across…...

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Executive Coaching | Sequel to, “Grow Your Business” – Part 2

Much of my work is surprisingly personal in nature, since personalities and relationships underlie human resources issues. I have been called a business shrink, a career therapist. I provide a safe, objective impartial professional point of view. In last month’s NIBA Journal I told a personal story of when I refused a job offer. As the story continues…Remember I had…...

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The Interview | Sequel to, “Grow Your Business” – Part 1

On September 12, 2011, it was my pleasure to give a presentation for the National Introducing Brokers Association, “Grow Your Business by Hiring the Right People.” The response to my program has been gratifying and quite positive. Most remarked on the clarity of the message, especially the relevance and impact of the case studies involving real people and business situations.…...

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