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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Chairman’s Letter – May 2018

During the late Russian Empire (about 211-476 CE), May or “mayovka” literally referred to a picnic in the countryside in the early days of the month. Will complying with NFA Anti-Money Laundering regulation changes be a “picnic in the countryside” for registrants? Under the changes FCMs and IBs must identify, and be able to verify the identity of the beneficial owners of legal entity customers opening new accounts after the effective date of the rule change, May 11, 2018. Additionally, FCMs and IBs must include risk-based ongoing Customer Due Diligence (CDD) procedures in their AML programs. Many FCMs began modifying…...

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Save the Date – DePaul Summer 2018

Mark your calendar now for the 5th Annual NIBA/DePaul University Joint Symposium on August 8th at DePaul University’s Downtown Chicago Campus.  Registration is now open so be sure to secure your spot now. REGISTER HERE  ...

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NIBA NYC 2018

NIBA at NYAC Over 360 individuals registered for last week’s NIBA Event at the New York Athletic Club, making the biggest meeting NIBA has ever presented in New York. Thank you to all our sponsors and expert speakers who provided a program that educated and informed, alongside a wonderful reception where colleagues networked and old friends met to catch up. Thank you also to Traders Fulcrum who directly reached out to industry professionals in the New York area to include them in the event. The University of Chicago and Columbia University attended NIBA’s New York meeting for the first time.…...

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What is SOFR?

New Whitepaper: What is SOFR? This note offers an introduction to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) and CME One-Month and Three-Month SOFR futures. It compares the underlying interest rate exposures for SOFR futures versus those for other short-term interest rate futures, both to indicate normal spread relationships and to highlight characteristics that futures users should bear in mind when hedging or spreading. Read Paper...

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