Chairman’s Letter – Jan 2018

January – the first month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. January (in Latin Ianuarius) is named after the Latin word for door – ianua, because January is the door to the year and an opening to new beginnings. According to ancient Roman farmer’s almanacs, the month is most often thought of as being named for Janus,....

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Chairman’s Letter – December 2018

Not Completely Out-with-the-Old: Definitely In-with-the-New The NIBA has had a good year. New members, four great in-person events, over 20 newsletters, and a terrific year-end Advisory Group Meeting. Our partnership with member FCMs, member Service Providers, DePaul University and the CME Group has grown and flourished. NIBA’s voice and input on all types of industry issues including significant regulation, has....

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Introducing Broker Survey 2018 – Response Deadline Jan 31st

NIBA Members & Colleagues – In 1999, the first year I partnered with the CME Group to write The Complete IB Handbook, there were 1,564 firms registered with the NFA as Introducing Brokers (IBs) — 404 as Independent (IIBs) and 1,160 as Guaranteed (GIBs). By 2012, while the industry was still reeling from the failures of MF Global and Peregrine.

NFA Additional Reporting Requirements – Virtual Currency Products

Additional reporting requirements for IBs that solicit or accept orders in virtual currency products A number of CFTC-regulated trading venues have launched or announced plans to offer derivatives on virtual currency products, including bitcoin. Given the volatility in the underlying virtual currency products, NFA is requiring each IB to immediately notify NFA if it solicits or accepts any orders in....

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Chairman’s Letter – Dec 2017

“Elections belong to the people…” Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865 Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States from 1861 until he was assassinated in 1865, and stated the above during the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 when he was a candidate for U.S. Senate. The NFA has announced candidates for various positions on its board of directors. The nomination for....

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NIBA Newsletter Format

This year the NIBA has rolled out a number of exciting new changes including our 25th Anniversary “free” membership offer.  The NIBAs newsletter continues to be a consistent and reliable source of industry information published twice monthly and covering topics related to education, compliance and innovation.  Beginning in December the newsletter will only be accessible to registered members of the....

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Bitcoin: Will the Rally Last?

Report by Erik Norland, Senior Economist at CME Group This paper examines why bitcoin is so volatile; its supply and demand drivers, and how the cryptocurrency compares to commodities. What is most striking about the economics of bitcoin is the certainty of its supply and the vagaries of demand. The rate at which bitcoin is mined has been highly predictable....

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NIBA Advisory Group Meeting Report

The Advisory Group (AG) of the NIBA met Wednesday, November 29 at the Union League Club in Chicago. This group of industry experts meets once each year to evaluate NIBA’s programs and projects, and suggest ideas for making the Association more effective in our efforts to educate our members and represent their views on all issues which have an effect....

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Housekeeping, Reminders & Updates – November 2017

Written by: Mark E. Ruddy, Esq. Maria Fielding The National Futures Association (“NFA”) Requests Nominations for the NFA’s Board of Directors (“Board”) The NFA is reaching out to both NFA members and non-members for nominations to fill impending vacancies of Public Representatives serving on its Board. There are currently five Public Representatives whose terms will expire at the Board’s Annual....

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NIBA Cryptocurrency Trading Panel

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency have become the hot topic in trading circles as the CME prepares to launch its Bitcoin futures contract.  NIBA featured a cryptocurrency trading panel at its Chicago conference this past September.  If you were not in attendance check out the video link below to hear thoughts and predictions on crypto trading and block chain from traders and....

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