John Lothian Keynote Speaker Preview

John Lothian’s keynote speech at the NIBA-DePaul Symposium is titled “Brexit and other Extraordinary Popular Delusions.”  The former Introducing Broker and longtime newsletter publisher will reflect on the potential impact of Brexit and other macro influences on the industry and markets.   If you have not already registered please do so at the following link and keep in mind there is…

Marketing Managed Accounts & Funds Panel Preview

We are pleased to have a panel this year that will focus on the regulatory considerations—the “traps”—that await CTAs who market funds or managed account programs.  We will center on the key CFTC and NFA rules, and the issues spawned by those rules, and take a peek into the future with respect to potential developments.  Topics will include the treatment…

Chairman’s Letter – July 2017

“Taking it to a Whole ‘Nother Level” –  Eugene Struthers (2004-2009) Keegan-Michael Key, American writer and actor uttered this famous phrase in character as “Eugene Struthers” on the late night comedy show MadTV each time he expressed his very passionate desire to know more about a person or subject. At the 4th Annual NIBA/DePaul University Joint Symposium, we’ll be taking…

NIBA/DePaul University July Symposium

This year’s NIBA/DePaul University Symposium is rapidly approaching and is shaping up to be another excellent event.  Last year DePaul’s rooftop deck was under construction and this year we have the opportunity to enjoy the new and improved facilities for our cocktail reception immediately following the event.  In our last newsletter we proudly announced Mr. John Lothian will be the…

NFA/NIBA – Washington, D.C.

On May 18, the NFA held a reception for the House Agricultural Committee and staff at the Longworth Building, Washington, DC. I was asked by the NFA to represent the NIBA. During the event, I met with several members of the committee and their congressional staff. This house committee is responsible for funding the CFTC. The sub-committee oversees our exchanges.…

Opportunities in Copper Futures

Opportunities in Copper Futures Designed to meet the needs of a range of market participants as an important risk management tool and investment vehicle, COMEX Copper futures open interest has reached an all-time high on February 13 at 300,966 contracts and YTD ADV up nearly 22% YoY as of the end of May. We encourage you to learn more about…

When Black Swans Aren’t

When Black Swans Aren’t: Geopolitical Risk Management in the Age of “Extreme” Events Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 (11:30 am to 4:30 pm; boxed lunch and reception included) The past year has seen many seemingly unexpected events come to pass, from Brexit to the United States Presidential Election. The upheaval has continued into 2017: the rise of the National Front and…

Chairman’s Letter – June 2017

In the Good Old Summertime – Published 1902; Music by George Evans/Lyrics by Ren Shields “In the Good Old Summertime” is an American Tin Pan Alley song first published in 1902. It was one of the biggest hits of that era, going on to appear in many films including the 1949 film of the same name starring Judy Garland and…

John Lothian to Keynote Joint NIBA/DePaul University Symposium

NIBA and DePaul University will hold the 4th Annual Joint Symposium on July 20, 2017 at the downtown campus of the university. This afternoon event includes three business sessions and a reception. Attendance is complimentary for registered derivatives professionals — registration is required. NIBA is happy to announce John Lothian of John Lothian News as the Keynote Speaker. John’s session…

CME Group Planned Changes to Live Cattle Futures Contract Specifications

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (“CME or Exchange”), based on discussions with market participants and with the USDA, intends to implement amendments to its Live Cattle futures contract to alleviate delivery capacity constraints impacting the contract after last trade date.  The Exchange intends to implement the amendments, summarized below, as quickly as possible, and potentially beginning with the October 2017…