Keep ORS Records Up-To-Date

NFA’s Online Registration System (ORS) is the web-based CFTC registration and NFA membership application system. In order to ensure firms and individuals receive NFA communication, it is important that all ORS records are kept current and accurate, including addresses and email addresses. NFA initially collects registration information for firms using the Form 7-R and for individuals using the Form 8-R…

Industry Education Meeting

On July 19, the NIBA was invited to meet with representatives of the CFTC to discuss the status of customer education in the industry. NFA hosted the meeting in its Chicago office. Individuals from the NFA, ICE CME Group and CMC were also invited to meet the five staff members visiting from the CFTC Washington Office of Customer Education &…

Customer Due Diligence

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued a final rule, to clarify and strengthen customer due diligence requirements, which became effective on July 11, 2016 for which covered financial institutions must comply with by May 11, 2018. Covered financial institutions include banks, brokers or dealers in securities, mutual funds, and futures commission merchants and introducing brokers in commodities. The rules contain…

Housekeeping, Reminders, and Updates

COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION   Guidance on Clearinghouse Recovery and Wind-Down Plans On July 21, 2016, the CFTC announced the publication of guidance to clearinghouses on recovery plans and wind-down plans, CFTC Letter No. 16-61 (“Letter 16-61”). The subject of Letter 16-61 is recovery plans and wind-down plans maintained by derivatives clearing organizations (“DCOs”) and tools for the recovery and…

Life of a Brokerage Firm – Part 1

Life of a Brokerage Firm <Part One> Ron Grossman and Ryan Griffeth conducted as series of interviews discussing the various stages of a brokerage firm.  Interviews are presented here in Q&A form.  There are a number of participants in this article series from brokerage firms, new individual brokers and industry professionals contributing their unique opinion and expertise. <Industry Professional> James…

DePaul University Derivatives Briefing Summary, NFA Cybersecurity Requirements

On July 14, 2016, NIBA hosted a cybersecurity panel focused on the new NFA requirements that became effective on March 1, 2016. Dale Spoljaric of NFA, Gil Vega of CME and Matt Kluchenek of Baker McKenzie addressed various issues and practical considerations associated with the new requirements.  The panel was moderated by Jeff Henderson of Greenberg Traurig.   Dale Spoljaric focused…

The Complete IB Handbook

The Complete IB Handbook has recently been updated WWW.cmegroup.com/ibhandbook Written by Melinda Schramm, Founder of the NIBA and President of MHS Capital Resource, Inc. and sponsored by the CME Group, this guide contains eight chapters of information for the Introducing Broker on everything from how to register and what to expect at your first audit to a practical business plan…

Seasonality of WTI Crude Oil Futures

Summary WTI Crude Oil futures is currently priced around the 30-year average. This makes the market on par with the longer-term average of the front-month futures contract. The 30-, 15- and five-year seasonality averages of WTI Crude Oil front-month futures show declines in the second half of the year. The seasonality data offers evidence for crude oil to form a…

July’s Chairman Letter

Ally:  To join with another person or group to get or give support –                                                                  Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2016 NIBA is fortunate to have several incredible allies. DePaul University, our academic partner in Chicago, co-sponsored our summer briefing July 14. Over 130 NIBA members and supporters registered for afternoon business sessions which included a look at the managed futures world from…

Summary of the Managed Futures Panel 3rd Annual NIBA/ DePaul University Derivatives Briefing on July 14, 2016

A few months ago Tom Sandy (Rice Dairy), Jerry Nolan (County Cork) and I discussed some ideas for the topic of this panel. Tom is involved in operations, Jerry in marketing and I’m involved in research. The one overlapping component for all of us is compliance and operations. The topic of the panel discussed marketing managed futures from a compliance…