Chairman’s Letter – August 2018

In 8 BC, the eighth month of the year was named for Augustus Caesar, emperor of Rome, in honor of his several great battle triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt. August is “Happiness Happens Month,” in the U.S., a month-long celebration of sharing happy news. For a good start to NIBA members’ “happy month,” CFTC has notified NIBA it has issued a no-action letter in response to our request submitted in March with regard to the changing FASB rules. Those rules would have had substantial effect on IIBs and FCMs. NIBA requested relief in behalf of its IB members, and…...

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NYC Conference Videos

Video of NIBAs annual spring NYC conference is available online for those who were unable to attend in person.  Sessions included Marketing, Cryptocurrency, Quant Essentials and Compliance Clips.  Please use the link below to enjoy the videos at your convenience. NYC Conference Videos...

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On Demand Webinar Series – Interest Rate Trading

This new 4-part on-demand webinar series gives you the insights you want and a better understanding about trading liquid interest rate futures markets. Enjoy instructor-led education at your convenience. The series includes: Treasury Futures 1.0: Understanding the delivery process, basis, carry, net basis and cheapest-to-deliver (CTD) mean. Treasury Futures 2.0: A deeper dive into basis trading, how to use Treasury futures for duration adjustment, and applying futures for yield curve management. STIR Futures 1.0: Everything you need to know about the new 3-month SOFR, fixed nature of basis point value (BPV); contract specifications and the underlying market/index. STIR Futures 2.0:…...

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Chairman’s Letter – July 2018

July was named by the Roman Senate in honor of Roman general Julius Caesar, the politician who played a critical role in the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of Roman Empire. “Dog days” occur in early July, and refer to the time of year when the hot sultry weather of summer usually starts. In the U.S., we celebrate National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month throughout July. On July 18 and 19, LabCFTC will hold Office Hours at the NYC office of the CFTC focused on FinTech innovation. LabCFTC was designed to give the CFTC…...

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AG Markets Using More Qualitative Data

Agricultural data have been around for almost as long as there have been markets, but the type of data and the amount have changed over time. Whether its data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, satellite data that forecast weather or growing conditions, or any of the many daily, weekly or monthly reports, market participants sort through reems of information to give them insight on the market. Ken Morrison, editor of Morrison on the Markets newsletter, says he uses several types of market data to help confirm (or contradict) information he gathers from his contacts, helping him make decisions. A…...

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CME Group Education: Managed Futures

Educational Course: About Managed Futures Since the advent of investing, participants have always faced a dilemma: where, among the many asset classes, should an investor allocate their money. Layered on top of this important question are additional challenges facing the investor, like where to find global diversification, liquidity, non-correlation, transparency, and long and short strategies. Very few investments encompass all of these features, illustrated in figure 1 below. But managed futures satisfy many, if not all, of the prerequisites an investor needs. View Educational Course....

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DePaul/NIBA Summer Symposium

The 5th annual joint NIBA/DePaul University Symposium to take place on Wednesday, August 8, at the DePaul University’s downtown campus located at 1 E. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and the program ends with a wonderful cocktail reception starting at 5:00 p.m., on DePaul’s beautiful rooftop patio.  A line up of special guest speakers will discuss a variety current and relevant topics that you’ll find interesting and informative.  Space is filling up quickly so Please register soon for this special event! REGISTER HERE ...

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Chairman’s Letter – June 2018

Scholars generally agree that June is named after Lucius Junius Brutus (545-509 BC), the soldier-legislator credited with founding the Roman Republic after he overthrew its longstanding monarchy. In addition to being the most popular month for weddings in the United States, June also includes National Ice Cream Soda Day (June 20) and National Take Your Dog to Work Day (June 23). On June 5, NFA announced its intent to develop proficiency requirements for individuals who engage in swaps activities. The program will be applicable to all APs at FCMs, IBs, CTAs, CPOs and APs at swaps dealers and accessible online.…...

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Registration Open – DePaul Summer Event

The 5th annaul joint DePaul/NIBA Summer Symposium is set to take place on August 8th.  Registration is now open!  Be sure to secure your spot now as space will be limited.  Check back as we announce more detail about this year’s program. REGISTER HERE...

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CME SOFR Futures

CME Group: Now Available: SOFR Futures Based on extensive customer input, CME Group has launched 3-Month and 1-Month SOFR futures contracts. Endorsed by the Alternative Reference Rate Committee (ARRC) in June 2017, the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) is a broad Treasuries overnight repo financing rate published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in cooperation with the U.S. Office of Financial Research starting April 3, 2018. SOFR Futures trade alongside highly-liquid Eurodollar, Fed Fund and Treasury futures to offer enhanced spread trading capabilities via CME Globex intercommodity spreads and capital efficiencies through margin offsets. Launched May 7, in…...

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