Interest in Cattle Futures has Never Been Higher

AT A GLANCE Massive herd expansion helps fuel surge in trading Analyst: Feedlots are in as good a position as they’ve been in years Beef producers are building the U.S. cattle herd at one of the fastest paces on record, as higher cattle prices and stronger exports fuel healthy profit margins. The expansion comes just a few years after the U.S. herd shrank to a six-decade low amid severe drought in the Southern U.S. Plains and near-record corn prices. The market resurgence is reflected in CME Group’s benchmark Live Cattle futures contract, for which the number of open positions, or open interest, has…...

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Chairman’s Letter – August 2017

“Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life” – Alvin Toffler (1928-2016) Alvin Toffler was an American writer and futurist best known for his works on modern technologies and the communication revolution. The above quote appeared in Future Shock, first published in 1970. Changes which will have a profound effect on our professional lives have happened this summer. On August 3, the U.S. Senate unanimously voted to confirm Chris Giancarlo as Chairman of the CFTC. Commissioner Giancarlo spoken many times about reviewing current regulation. His KISS initiative is an example. He has also discussed rewriting swaps trading…...

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NIBA/DePaul Thank You!

This year’s Annual Summer Symposium co-hosted by NIBA and DePaul University was a huge success.  We would like to thank each and every one of you who attended and supported this event. We would also like to thank John Lothian who delivered an excellent key note speech to kick things off as well as the rest of our moderators and panelists.  Special thanks to DePaul University who has been a tremendous partner and great resource for the association, its members and the industry at large.  Below are a few pictures from the Symposium and check back soon for video of…...

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NIBA Fall Chicago Conference Announcement

NIBA is proud to announce that registration is now open for this year’s Fall Chicago Conference.  Be sure to reserve your spot early as space will be limited and check back to the website for updates and announcements on speakers and this year’s agenda. Annual NIBA Fall Chicago Conference...

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Financial Trends to Watch in 2nd Half of 2017

Financial Trends to Watch in Second Half of 2017 The U.S. dollar losing its safe-haven status, euro gaining in value despite Fed rate hikes and regional trade pacts are among trends to watch through 2017. Access video to learn more....

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Vela Trading Techologies to Purchase OptionsCity

Combined company will deliver an expanded set of front office products and services, including market access, risk management & analytics New York, London, Chicago, June 20, 2017 – Vela Trading Technologies LLC (Vela), a global leader in high performance trading and market data technology, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire OptionsCity Software, a global provider of futures and options trading and analytics solutions. The OptionsCity acquisition will expand Vela’s front-office capabilities to include advanced analytics and risk management tools, enhance its market access managed services with additional trading and content solutions, and accelerate its data cloud strategy. The…...

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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 limited capacity at this event: Register HERE...

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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 of performance results and proprietary trading results.  We’ll also look at the impact of the JOBS Act on fund-raising, and what’s been keeping the regulators’ enforcement teams busy.  Ultimately, the goal is to provide you with hands-on advice and insights.…...

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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 it to a whole ‘nother level with three business sessions presented by nine industry experts. The Symposium, July 20 from 1:30-6:30pm at the Chicago downtown campus of DePaul University is free for all registered derivatives professionals. Space is limited; advance…...

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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 keynote speaker at DePaul this year.  The full agenda has been set and is available at the below link along with the event registration information.  Capacity is limited so be sure to reserve your spot in advance Annual Joint NIBA…...

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