Chairman’s Letter – April 2018

The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis. While scholars debate the exact derivation of the name, traditionalists believe it is most commonly refers to the “season when trees and flowers begin to open.” In Finnish, April is huhtikuu, the time for burning and clearing farmland. In Slovene, recorded as far back as 1466, mali traven is the month when plants start growing. To “open” April, the CFTC has posted a new podcast on their website www.cftc.gov presented by Professor Scott Irwin, an expert in the importance of speculation and its effect on the markets. They also started out…...

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FinTech Exchange 2018

NIBA Members Receive an Additional $100 Off (Discount already applied) Alternative Data.  Trading Innovation.  Blockchain in Capital Markets.  And, of course Cryptocurrencies are headline topics for 2018!  And, don’t miss our new Startup Exchange Competition the day prior to the main FinTech Exchange Event.  Back for its 4th year in Chicago on April 25 & 26, FinTech Exchange is the leading event for financial markets and trading technology. Hear from top industry experts and firms such as Cboe Global Markets, Kraken, Tibco, Alibaba Cloud, CME Group, DataRobot, Sterling Trading Tech, Gate 39 Media and Vela. Plus we’re offering you an EXCLUSIVE offer which gives…...

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CME Market Data Fee Increase

 Effective April 1, 2018, CME Group will increase the monthly Real Time: Professional Market Data Fee to $105 per month per exchange, from $85 per month per exchange. Please click here for details related to these fees.  Additionally, CME Group will begin to charge market data fees for CME Direct users in Q2 2018. Clients who trade on CME Direct may be eligible for fee waivers based on trading activity. Final details will be available by end of Q1 2018. Please click here for details related to this new policy....

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NFA Annual Member Meeting Report

In early February, NFA held its Annual Member Meeting. NIBA attended and asked NFA staff several questions suggested by NIBA association members. The answers to two of the questions asked was printed in our February newsletter. This is a third question, and NFA’s response. Q: What does the NFA do to monitor FCM Segregated Accounts? A: Investor protection is a key element of NFA’s mission, and the segregation of customer funds by an FCM is an important aspect of investor protection.  Each FCM has a designated self-regulatory organization (DSRO) that is primarily responsible for monitoring that FCM for compliance with…...

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The Impact of US LNG Exports On The Global Gas Market

New Whitepaper: The Impact of US LNG Exports On The Global Gas Market The LNG market is undergoing a seismic shift driven primarily by the transformation in demand/supply dynamics and market structure. This has facilitated the greater integration of traditionally fragmented regional markets and accelerated the emergence of new market entrants. The combination of these factors has led to the growing commodization of LNG, which is evolving into a global commodity comparable to oil. The new landscape requires new portfolio optimization approaches and commercial considerations. Access Report to Learn More...

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Chairman’s Letter – March 2018

March was named after Mars, the Roman god of war and an ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. March is the first month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. March is widely thought of as the month when the earth becomes dry enough so that it is possible to cultivate in many cultures. In American culture, March Madness – my personal favorite time of the sports year – is a prominent theme! March is another busy month for the NIBA. Traditionally it is the time we reach out to all our sponsors and supporters with…...

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Scott Stewart, NFA Board of Directors (GIB)

Scott Stewart, CEO, Stewart-Peterson Group, was recently elected to the NFA Board of Directors representing the Guaranteed Introducing Brokers category. Stewart-Peterson Group, is an GIB located in West Bend, WI and registered with the NFA since 1985. Scott is a long-time friend of the NIBA, having served as President of the Association for several years. We asked him to “introduce” himself to the NIBA Newsletter readership, and talk about some of the issues at NFA which he feels are important to the IB community….. “I am honored to be on the NFA board of directors. For those of you who…...

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Broker Rebate Program for FANG+ Index Futures on ICE

ICE Futures U.S. introduced NYSE FANG+ Index futures in Q4 2017. The underlying NYSE FANG+ Index was developed by the NYSE and includes 10 actively traded stocks that represent some of the top innovators across today’s tech-oriented companies. The current index composition includes the five core FANG stocks – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google (Alphabet) – plus another five actively-traded technology growth stocks – Alibaba, Baidu, NVIDIA, Tesla and Twitter.  The index is equally weighted and reconstituted on a quarterly basis, providing a performance benchmark that allows participants to take direct advantage of the capital efficiency of futures. The…...

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