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…...

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Agricultural Options Update

Get the latest on volatility, volume, spreads and more…… This month’s update includes: Low implied volatility for Grains & Oilseeds Call skew higher for Grains & Oilseeds Hog & Feeder volatility elevated     VIEW FULL REPORT  ...

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E-mini Russell 2000 Futures and Options Return to CME Group on July 10

The launch of E-mini Russell 2000® Index futures and options will extend an already broad selection of benchmark U.S. index contracts and offer you even more ways to manage risk and tap into liquidity. With more products, more ways to trade, and more capital efficiencies, get ready for a great return. Sign Up to Stay Up to Date  ...

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Joint NIBA/DePaul Symposium (July 20th)

Mark your calendars now for the 4th Annual Joint NIBA/DePaul University Symposium at the DePaul downtown campus, Jackson and State Street from 1:30 – 6:30pm. Sessions are currently being confirmed. Tentative: When was the last time you reviewed your marketing approach? Are you getting the results you want? How confident are you, your approach is meeting current compliance standards, including…...

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Chairman’s Letter – May 2017

The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture has general jurisdiction over federal agriculture policy and oversight of the CFTC. Recommendations for funding for the Commission, as well as for its various programs and activities, originate in this committee. The committee was formed in 1820 in order to give ag-issues equal weight with manufacturing and commercial issues in member deliberations. Chairmen have…...

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NYC Conference Highlights

This year’s spring conference was a large success.  Our speakers covered a wide range of topics and were very well received.  For those of you who were not able to attend in person we were able to record the entire program and will be releasing video of the event in the near future inside our new member portal.  Thank you…...

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NIBA NYC Conference

The NIBA’s New York conference is quickly approaching and capacity is limited so make sure to reserve your spot now.  You can register here.  The full agenda has been published on the NIBA website and we have an excellent line up this year.  See below for details.  The NIBAs cocktail parties are well known and never disappoint and this year…...

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NIBA & DePaul Internship Program

NIBA and DePaul have joined efforts to introduce highly qualified graduates to members looking to bring state of the art edge to their own business. DePaul is dedicated to provide qualified interns to initial discovery, and NIBA is dedicated to bring qualified prospective employer to discovery. WIIFM- What’s in it for me? We don’t ask ourselves this when considering whether…...

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Chairman’s Letter – April 2017

“We do believe there are too many regulators…” Sharon Brown-Hruska, 1960- Sharon Brown-Hruska is a former Acting Chairman of the CFTC (2004-2005) and current director at NERA Economic Consulting. As a member of the Trump administration’s “landing” team, she told attendees at the New Risk in Energy Conference in Houston, TX earlier this month, that streamlining regulatory processes and relying…...

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Intent to Nominate J. Christopher Giancarlo as CFTC Chairman

President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate a number of key administration officials.  This announcement included nomination for Chairman of the CFTC.  Below is from the White House Office of the Press Secretary: J. Christopher Giancarlo of New Jersey will serve as Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Mr. Giancarlo was confirmed to be a Commissioner at…...

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