Chairman’s Letter – February 2019

February in Chicago has begun in the deep freeze. Dangerous, record-setting temperatures meant kids missed school, and meetings were cancelled. The NIBA Board of Directors used the time to put the finishing touches on the NIBA Annual New York City Event. Our Annual NYC event is scheduled for April 10th. Four business sessions and a networking reception begin at 2pm (onsite registration open at 1:30pm) at the New York Athletic Club, the site of our meetings for the past five years. Registration is open. The NFA held its annual members meeting at its Chicago office on Feb. 5. I attended…...

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Taxes & Tariffs NYC

Alison Coughlin will discuss current macroeconomic conditions and explore their potential impact on domestic and global agriculture. This presentation will include a dialogue about the trade war with China, an examination of other free trade agreements, and what these shifts may mean for the future of the agricultural sector. Register here to reserve your spot now Alison Coughlin Manager Research and Product Development CME Group Inc....

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Event Risk Enters Phase 3: What’s At Stake in 2019?

When will the Fed halt its series of nine rate hikes that began in December 2015, or when will the trade war with China truly end? Questions like these epitomize the changing nature of event risk since 2008 where outcomes could be dragged out instead of being known on set dates. And, this could set the stage for heightened volatility in markets in 2019. [Read More]...

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Chairman’s Letter – Jan 2019

Month-Long Celebrations: National Soup and National Prune Month For some, January is the opening to new beginnings. For the NIBA, it means the continuation of our commitment to our members to provide education for your business growth and a forum in which to exchange ideas. Mark your calendar now to attend the three in-person programs scheduled for 2019: April 10: NIBA Spring Meeting, New York Athletic Club, NYC July 11: 6th Annual DePaul University/NIBA Joint Symposium, DePaul University, Chicago Sept. 12: NIBA Annual Members Meeting, Illinois Tech, Chicago On January 17, the FIA will present a webinar on spoofing, surveillance…...

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Important Changes coming to Illinois STM Insurance Plans

Illinois lawmakers have taken steps to limit the maximum duration of short-term medical plans (STM plans) from 360 days to 180 days. Earlier this year, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would apply this limitation, but Illinois lawmakers had enough votes to override that veto. Bill SB1737 is due to go into effect on 1/1/2019. The bill states that STM plans can only be for a duration of 180 days. When a STM plan ends there is a mandatory 60 day break before starting another STM plan. United Healthcare and other carriers are stating that any plan that has…...

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NIBA NYC 2019 Keynote Speaker “Father of Financial Futures”

The NIBA is pleased to announce renowned financial innovator and entrepreneur, Dr. Richard Sandor will deliver the keynote address at our NYC Conference.  If you have not yet registered please take a minute to do so as this event tends to fill up quickly. Richard L. Sandor is chairman and chief executive officer of Environmental Financial Products LLC, which specializes in inventing, designing, and developing new financial markets with a special emphasis on investment advisory services. EFP was established in 1998 and was the predecessor company and incubator to the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the European Climate Exchange (ECX) and…...

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NIBA Advisory Group

On November 29, the Advisory Group (AG) of the NIBA held its annual meeting at the Union League Club, Chicago. This committee meets one afternoon each year to discuss ideas which are intended to help the NIBA grow and to remain effective and valuable to our members. This year’s meeting overwhelmingly confirmed the Association’s mission of education and recommended several initiatives to the Board of Directors, including new levels of communication between NIBA’s committees and its members. Rodney Dow, The Dow Corp. is the NIBA board member chairing this committee for the third year. Board members Melinda Schramm, Mike Burke,…...

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Chairman’s Letter – Dec 2018

December got its name from the Latin word decem, meaning ten, because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar which began in March. The winter days following December were not included as part of any month, and later were added to the beginning of the calendar as January and February…but December kept its name. In addition to Hanukkah, celebrated this year from Dec. 2 through Dec. 10 and Christmas, Dec. 25, December brings both National Egg Nog and National Fruitcake Month. The CME Group has completed its acquisition of NEX Group, PLC and its…...

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NIBA NYC Spring 2019

Planning is well under way for this spring’s annual NIBA NYC event.  The date for the event has been set for April 10th and will be held at the prestigious New York Athletic Club in New York City.  Registration is open for this event which tends to fill up quickly so be sure to take a minute and reserve your spot.  This year’s planning committee is Mike Burke ([email protected]), Steve Petillo ([email protected]) and Melinda Schramm ([email protected]).  Please feel free to reach out with suggestions on sessions topics or speakers. Register here for NIBA NYC Spring 2019...

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Options on Futures as Strategic Investment Vehicles

A new report from Tabb Group explores why more companies are using instruments like options on futures. From explosive growth in electronic trading to regulatory tailwinds incentivizing their use, options on futures present expanded opportunities in today’s financial markets. Read case studies on how options on futures enhance many hedging and trading strategies – and deliver more cost efficiencies than over-the counter alternatives. [Read Report]...

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