CTA/CPO Ratio Errors; NFA PQR and PR Filings

This month NFA put out a fantastic reminder about common CTA/CPO ratio errors and the obligations facing reporting firms. In particular they have laid out their expectations for CTA and CPO ratio reporting. Please consider the following directly from NFA as a number of CPOs and CTAs have been incorrectly reporting these financial ratios: 1) Ratios must be calculated using the accrual method of accounting CPOs and CTAs are incorrectly calculating these ratios because they are using cash basis of accounting. Both ratios must be computed using the accrual method of accounting and in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting....

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CFTC to Hold Open Commission Meeting 11/5

Washington, DC — Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo announced today that the CFTC will hold an open meeting on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to consider the following: Final Rule: Amending the De Minimis Exception to the Swap Dealer Definition Proposed Rule: Amendments to Regulations on Swap Execution Facilities and the Trade Execution Requirement Request for Comment regarding the Practice of “Post-Trade Name Give-Up” on Swap Execution Facilities The meeting is open to the public with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the public may also watch a live webcast or listen....

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A Correction from Melinda Schramm…

Rob DeMuria, Compliance Supervisors Inc., noticed something wrong in the October Chairman’s Letter posted two weeks ago. I wrote: “In Latin, ‘octo’ means eight. October, the eighth month of the year is recognized traditionally throughout the world as the gateway to winter.” October is obviously not the eighth month of the year!  I went wrong when I edited my own writing, and deleted a portion of the paragraph. It should have read, “In Latin, ‘octo’ means eight. October, the eighth month of the year in the old         Roman calendar (prior to the addition of January and February into the....

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NFA BoD Executive Rep Reminder

Executive Representative Reminder and Board and Nominating Committee Members Whose Terms Will Expire at the Board’s 2019 Regular Annual Meeting Executive Representative Reminder In August 2016, NFA’s Bylaws were amended to implement an electronic voting process for Directors’ elections, contested Nominating Committee member elections and Articles’ amendments approval votes. If elections are necessary, NFA has engaged Corporate Election Services (CES), a third-party service provider, to administer the electronic voting process. To facilitate the electronic voting process, each Member shall designate an Executive Representative who will have the Member’s sole authority to sign nominating petitions, receive notices of Member meetings and....

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CME Group Liquidity Tool

View current and historical bid-ask spreads, book depth measures and cost to trade statistics for CME Group products through interactive visualizations. Evaluate the impact of orders in ticks across various CME core products Compare how large of an order to execute and its market impact Discover the depth of markets at each price level and in 3 time zones: Chicago, London and Singapore View Tool...

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Volunteers Needed – April 10th NY Athletic Club

NIBA’s spring membership meeting will be held April 10 at the New York Athletic Club, New York City. The annual event includes a full afternoon of business sessions, as well as numerous opportunities for networking and catching up with your colleagues. Planning for the business sessions has begun. Mike Burke, [email protected], Steve Petillo, [email protected] and Melinda Schramm, [email protected] will co-chair the event. Please contact any chairman to suggest topics or speakers for the meeting, or to volunteer for the planning committee. NYC Event Page...

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Chairman’s Letter – October 2018

In Latin, octo means eight. October, the eighth month of the year is recognized traditionally throughout the world as the gateway to winter. In the U.S., we celebrate National Pizza Month and, of course, Halloween. In early October, the Wall Street Journal reported that CFTC enforcement actions and fines are up in 2018, while SEC-related numbers decreased over the same period. After falling slightly in 2017, CFTC numbers have risen this year in part to issues surrounding cryptocurrency offerings and spoofing. Complaints also include various recordkeeping and position limit violations. NFA has called for nominations to its board of directors....

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New Tool: CME Group Options Calculator

Generate fair value prices and Greeks for any of CME Group’s options on futures contracts or price up a generic option with our universal options calculator. Choose from eight different pricing models, including Black Scholes, and customize your parameters by: Strike Option Type Underlying Futures Price Volatility Days to expiration (DTE) rate View Calculator...

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2018 IB Handbook

The Complete IB Handbook – 2018 Edition Now Available Updated annually, The Complete IB Handbook is a comprehensive resource for prospective and current introducing brokers (IBs). This guide, written by Melinda H. Schramm of MHS Capital Resource and sponsored by CME Group, provides a state of the IB industry, covering current trends, business practices and regulation. Read the latest version, updated for 2018. Download Handbook...

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NIBA Annual Membership Meeting

NIBA held its Annual Membership Meeting September 13 at the CME Group Building. The full-day of education focused on “Developing Business in a Regulated Environment,” and featured sessions on compliance, marketing and ideas for growth. This year’s keynote speaker, Rick Santelli of CNBC Financial News, spoke to a standing-room only crowd. NIBA thanks the CME Group, official sponsor of the event for providing our meeting space, lunch and a terrific luncheon speech on the possible effects of tariffs and trade wars on the markets and our customers, presented by Alison Coughlin, Manager of Commodity Research and Product Development, CME Group.....

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