Ask NFA – Feb 2018

As your industry advocate, the NIBA provides many services which help your business stay in compliance with NFA regulations. “Ask the NFA,” is the way you can ask questions about those regulations and compliance requirements without having to call NFA directly. Just email us at [email protected] and we will get the answers for you. Please keep in mind the purpose....

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Housekeeping, Reminders & Updates – Feb 2018

Written by: Mark E. Ruddy, Esq. Maria Fielding The National Futures Association (“NFA”) Adds Additional Questions on the Annual Financial Statement The NFA announced that as of October 31, 2017, there will be two additional yes/no questions added to the Annual Financial Statement. Both questions are related to virtual currency activities. The NFA announced the additional questions in Notice to....

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3 Ways to Source a CTA

Growing Your Introducing Broker Business to Provide Value to Investors Imagine, if you would, that the managed futures space is a puzzle. Except that it is constantly adding new pieces into an unknown, multidimensional shape. For an Introducing Broker (IB), a piece in the middle of that puzzle, how one connects an investor to a commodity trading advisor (CTA) may....

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Broker Rebate Program for FANG+ Index Futures on ICE

ICE Futures U.S. introduced NYSE FANG+ Index futures in Q4 2017. The underlying NYSE FANG+ Index was developed by the NYSE and includes 10 actively traded stocks that represent some of the top innovators across today’s tech-oriented companies. The current index composition includes the five core FANG stocks – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google (Alphabet) – plus another five....

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NFA Annual Members Meeting

On Tuesday, February 6, the NFA held its annual members meeting. For the umpteenth year in a row, I was the only NFA member attending. I attended in order to present NFA staff members with questions from the NIBA membership – questions which IBs/CTAs might not want to ask the NFA directly. As they always are, NFA staff was very....

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Chairman’s Letter – Feb 2018

February: second and shortest month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars In Old English, February was referred to both as “Solmounath” – a month of mud and Kale-mounath – a month of cabbage! Mud and cabbage or not, February is a good month to set your reminders for several upcoming notable events Remember — attendance at NIBA....

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Can you Firm Benefit from the New Tax Laws?

Michael Coglianese will be presenting this topic in an online presentation which will be made available to NIBA members.  This effort is being co sponsored by the NIBA and John Lothian.  All IB/CTA/CPO owners or interested parties should tune in as this session will highlight real changes you can make to your firms’ structure to best position yourself for the....

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5 Things to Know When starting a Cryptocurrency Fund

The cryptocurrency asset class is here to stay and growing at warp speed. The stories are real.  Some cryptocurrency traders have turned $100,000 into $1,000,000 in less than a year.  Now those traders are creating cryptocurrency funds so they can trade on a multimillion dollar scale. This article will focus on five things you should know before setting up your....

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NIBA NYC Conference

This year’s agenda has been posted and Registration is now OPEN for NIBAs annual Spring Conference in New York City.  We will be holding a half day session on April 19th at the New York Athletic Club.  Please see below to register for this year’s event: NIBA NYC Conference

How can an IB Benefit from the Tax Changes?

The tax changes will benefit IBs, CPOs and CTAs since most are organized as corporations or pass thru entities (LLCs , LPs and S-Corps) .  The following will give you a summary of some of the main tax changes that will be effective in 2018.  If you can defer income to 2018 from 2017 it could be tax beneficial to....

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