July Housekeeping, Reminders & Updates

Written by:   Mark E. Ruddy, Esq. Maria Fielding National Futures Association (“NFA”) Proposes Virtual Currency Activities Disclosure Requirements NFA submitted an Interpretive Notice to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) regarding virtual currency disclosure requirements. Due to the unique nature of virtual currency activities, NFA has determined that customers may not fully understand the nature of and potential risks involved in virtual currency activities. In the notice, NFA also reminds Members of Compliance Rule 2-29, which prohibits the use of any promotional material that is misleading or deceptive; something Members should also consider when drafting virtual currency disclosure materials. Details....

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Market Update: Earnings and Growth

Earnings have shown good results so far, though plenty of reporting remains. Jack Bouroudjian explains why that and Friday’s GDP report could dramatically effect equities markets. The post Market Update: Earnings and Growth appeared first on OpenMarkets. Source: CME Open Markets – Market Update: Earnings and Growth

Market Update: Big Week for Earnings

Several big name stocks report earnings this week, leading up to Friday’s U.S. GDP announcement. That will be the focus for traders, says Jack Bouroudjian. The post Market Update: Big Week for Earnings appeared first on OpenMarkets. Source: CME Open Markets – Market Update: Big Week for Earnings

Market Update: More Headline Risk

Headline risk is moving currency markets, and could it slow the velocity of Fed rate hikes? Jack Bouroudjian discusses that, and why many stocks are laying low for now. The post Market Update: More Headline Risk appeared first on OpenMarkets. Source: CME Open Markets – Market Update: More Headline Risk

Market Update: The Fed and Dollar Strength

Jack Bouroudjian discusses this week’s Fed-driven market, and why the U.S. dollar is beginning to drive the market. The post Market Update: The Fed and Dollar Strength appeared first on OpenMarkets. Source: CME Open Markets – Market Update: The Fed and Dollar Strength

Why Small Cap Indexes Are An Economic Barometer

Remember the Trump bump? The post- 2016 election climb in U.S. equity indexes was signaled first in small cap indexes. The Russell 2000 index of small caps climbed 14.3 percent following the election, its highest post-election climb since its inception in 1979. Small caps represent a snapshot of the U.S. economy since most of the stocks in indexes like the Russell 2000 are domestic. That means they are often the first indexes to respond when major market moving events like a U.S. election occur. “Those small cap U.S. equity stocks have less exposure outside the United States so they’re a.

Market Update: The Trump/Putin Impact

Jack Bouroudjian discusses the three issues on the front burner for markets this week: The Trump-Putin meeting, Jay Powell’s remarks at the European Central Banking Forum and earnings coming this week. The post Market Update: The Trump/Putin Impact appeared first on OpenMarkets. Source: CME Open Markets – Market Update: The Trump/Putin Impact

On Demand Webinar Series – Interest Rate Trading

This new 4-part on-demand webinar series gives you the insights you want and a better understanding about trading liquid interest rate futures markets. Enjoy instructor-led education at your convenience. The series includes: Treasury Futures 1.0: Understanding the delivery process, basis, carry, net basis and cheapest-to-deliver (CTD) mean. Treasury Futures 2.0: A deeper dive into basis trading, how to use Treasury futures for duration adjustment, and applying futures for yield curve management. STIR Futures 1.0: Everything you need to know about the new 3-month SOFR, fixed nature of basis point value (BPV); contract specifications and the underlying market/index. STIR Futures 2.0:....

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Why The Future of Energy Could Be U.S. Natural Gas

Geology dictates that crude oil and natural gas go hand-in-hand. Drill a well for one, and there’s a good chance you’ll also find the other. For years, oil’s coupling with gas (for better or worse) underpinned pricing and trading for a variety of petroleum products worldwide. That includes liquefied natural gas (LNG), which was traditionally bought and sold through long-term contracts linked to Brent crude. The American shale revolution, and the emergence of U.S.-produced LNG as an energy source for markets around the world, changed that, says Derek Sammann, Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Commodities and Options Products for.

Chairman’s Letter – July 2018

July was named by the Roman Senate in honor of Roman general Julius Caesar, the politician who played a critical role in the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of Roman Empire. “Dog days” occur in early July, and refer to the time of year when the hot sultry weather of summer usually starts. In the U.S., we celebrate National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month throughout July. On July 18 and 19, LabCFTC will hold Office Hours at the NYC office of the CFTC focused on FinTech innovation. LabCFTC was designed to give the CFTC....

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