The Forum for Derivatives Professionals

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Date: September 14, 2016
Location: Chicago

Save-the-Date now for this dynamic 1-day program for derivatives professionals. Business sessions will focus on business growth, technology, and industry discussions and include our annual NFA IB and CTA Representatives Report to the Membership.

There is no cost for NIBA Members to attend the forum which includes an Exhibit Hall, Lunch and a Networking Reception. Non-members receive admission to this event and the upcoming California and New York conferences and full member benefits when you join the NIBA.

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2016 Schedule

8:00 AM:
Registration Opens at CME

8:30 AM:
Morning GCC Tour
With the transition of the business from the floor to the screen, the GCC is the place to be. The CME Global Command Center (GCC) is the market operations and customer service desk for electronic trading. The GCC handles inquires, issues and support requests from CME Globex and CME ClearPort customers. This includes assistance with:

  • Electronic trading
  • Order routing and market data interfaces
  • Network connectivity
  • CME ClearPort facilitation
  • Cancellation of customer orders in cases of emergency

9:00 AM: rcg
What’s on the Radar at NFA
Compliance Supervisors Rob DeMuria leads a panel discussion on current events in the regulatory space. Top compliance and regulatory experts will shed light on what they are seeing in the field, especially as it relates to what seems to be on the radar for NFA audit teams. Implementing sound internal controls in your compliance and financial infrastructure is a re-occurring topic being seen in the field and will be discussed in detail. This session will touch on other highly relevant topics in discussions focused around regulatory compliance.
Moderator: Rob DeMuria
Speakers: Michael Coglianese
Joe Mazza

10:00 AM: rcg
Managed Futures-To Trend or Not to Trend
Managed Futures industry leader Andrew Strasman will be facilitating a discussion on Trend Following. The title says it all, “To Trend or Not To Trend.” This panel will open with a brief review of the definition of “Trend”, using the academic project as a guide. Traders from both trend and non-trend trading programs then debate the pros and cons of the approach. We will also hear from a representative of the investment community who has invested in both categories of managers and will share his thoughts from the investors’ perspective. If you are involved or looking to get involved in the managed futures world, make sure to fit this one in as it promises to be very interesting and engaging. For more information, see the recent article in Modern Trader magazine:
Moderator: Andrew Stasman
Speakers: Brett Barker
Peter Keenan
Stephen Klein
Emil Van Essen

Morning Coffee Break

11:00 AM: fcstone
Compliance Debate
Inspired by this year’s Presidential Debates the NIBA is hosting a compliance debate at this year’s 25th anniversary conference. Industry regulators, attorney’s, consultants and industry representatives will be up on one stage to debate relevant topics and scenarios. There will be arguments made for Pros and Cons of a number of issues. The scenarios will largely focus on grey area matters where multiple rules and/or regulations could apply. This is set to be the last session of the morning agenda and one that promises to be very informative, interesting and fun.
Moderator: Rob Demuria, Alexandra Lively
Speakers: Marc Nagel
James Bibbings
Matt Kluchenek
Joe Mazza

12:00 PM: cme
Lunch and Brexit Presentation by Erik Norland, Executive Director and Senior Economist of CME Group
On June 23rd 51.9% of U.K. voter elected to leave the European Union, provoking the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and a plunge in the value of the British pound. More than two months later, the U.K.’s new Prime Minister has still not invoked Article 50, to begin the formal process of leaving the E.U. What’s next for Brexit? When will Article 50 be invoked? Will it be invoked? Once negotiations begin, how long will they really take and what sort of relationship will emerge between the U.K. and the E.U.? How will various scenarios impact currency, fixed income and equity markets?

12:45 PM: cme
CME GCC Presentation
CME will discuss the function of the Global Command Center and dive into some of the policies and safeguards the exchange has in place to protect the integrity of its markets as well as support brokers and traders. This will cover functionality such as price banding, an in depth look at stop orders and why they will not always fill and a discussion about the circuit breakers that have been put in place in certain markets.
Session Speaker: John Scheerer

Afternoon GCC Tour

1:40PM: niba
NFA Rep Panel
As a member firm, you elected our industry representatives to serve on the Board of Directors at the NFA. Our elected representatives will discuss what they have had success with and are working on in their roles on the BoD. This has been a recurring session at the NIBA September conference and has been a great success in years past. If there is anything you would like to know or are curious about how the NFA BoD operates this is the session for you. There will be an open Q&A with the audience to augment the session towards the end of the panel, so come prepared and our reps will answer any questions you may have to the best of their ability.
Moderator: Tom Sandy-Rice Dairy, LLC
Speakers: Mike Burke-Highground Trading
Paul Georgy-Allendale, Inc.
Ernest Jaffarian-Efficient Capital

2:40AM: barchart
Veteran industry participant and financial news regular guest, Bob Iaccino will be moderating NIBA’s first ever FINTECH panel. This session will take a look at the trends in trading technology and discuss where we are headed from here. Technology may not be everyone’s strong suite, but the experts on this panel have a firm grasp on the world of Financial Technology from multiple areas. This subject matter is one that is always relevant in today’s world and promises to be enlightening and engaging.
Moderator: Bob Iaccino
Speakers: Emanual Balarie-Fund Seeder
Mark Haraburda-Barchart
Rick Lane-Trading Technologies

Afternoon Break

3:50PM: niba
Focus your Business and Marketing: How Defining Your Services and Processes Leads to More Sales
Do you feel that you need to cater to every type of futures trading client? Offer every platform? Every type of service? In this panel we’ll speak with three successful IBs who have established a clear focus in their business by specializing in their segment of the market–and the processes to produce results. Moderated by Shane Stiles of financial services marketing and technology firm Gate 39 Media.
Moderator:Shane Stiles, President – Gate 39 Media
Panelists: Ken Packard, Chief Marketing Officer – Daniels Trading
JonPaul Jonkheer, Managing Member – IASG
Jeremy Shelton, Chief Compliance Officer – Allendale

Closing Remarks

Cocktail Reception


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