NIBA Membership

We at the NIBA would like to say thank you to all of our members and to all the derivatives industry participants that have supported the NIBA over the past 27 years. A mission of the NIBA is to create a sense of community for the derivatives industry, which allows us all to share ideas and push forward to a productive and profitable future. We create this community through our three popular conferences each year, our newsletter that shares industry insights written by members and other industry experts, and lobbying on industry issues brought up by our members. To continue....

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Chairman’s Letter – March 2018

March 2019 – National Celery Month Paczki Day NIBA is excited to welcome new members: Nanhua USA (FCM); Sudrania Fund Services (Service Provider); and Zilliak Law (Service Provider). March brings changes to policies, rules and regulations that every registered derivatives professional needs to be aware of. First, updates to NFA’s Interpretive Notice regarding ISSPs, including instructions for notifying NFA of a cybersecurity incident go into effect April 1, 2019. Each registrant should review its current policy carefully and make the appropriate updates. During February, the NFA held member workshops to discuss these requirements — the Notice can be viewed at....

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NIBA Educational Series – Cybersecurity Briefing

The NIBA is pleased to announce the kick off of its educational series.  This idea is to cultivate ideas, discussion and networking in an intimate setting throughout the year.  This event is hosted and sponsored by Bovill. There’s a gap between Compliance and IT responsibility for security in most organizations. For example, what should an Information System Security Policy cover and how best should it be implemented? We’re delighted to invite you to our briefing and networking event on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, where we will be giving you some tips to help close this gap and discuss challenges with.

FANG Market Data Announcement

Trade the top of tech NYSE FANG+™ Index futures Introducing a new market data program NYSE FANG+ Index futures were launched on ICE Futures U.S. in 2017. Comprised of 15 high growth technology stocks, the contract averaged 1,500 contracts/day in 2018 and its momentum continues to grow. Participating market makers maintain a well quoted, liquid market and the product’s commercial success has continued to develop.The unique structure of the index, which consists of some of the largest in tech, has captured the interest of a variety of participants including retail, asset managers, CTAs, institutions, and trading desks. The index composition....

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Liquidity Insights: Q4 Equity Volatility

Volatility in equities returned in 2018, surprising markets with a spike in February after a remarkably calm 2017. Volatility, however, retreated through the summer before reappearing in the fourth quarter, resulting in some big price moves in major equity indices. Read more....

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New York, New York

NIBA’s annual conference, scheduled for April 10, will be held at the New York Athletic Club. The Association has held NY meetings for over 15 years — this is our 5th year in a row at the historic NYAC. The purpose of all NIBA events is education — education on changing regulation, on compliance and on business growth for all categories of registered derivatives professionals. A standing room only crowd is expected again this year. Business sessions this year could not be more topical! -Mike Coglianese (Michael Coglianese, CPA) will review changes in federal tax laws effecting all of us;....

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NFA Members Meeting – Follow Up

On Feb. 5, 2019, I attended the Annual NFA Members Meeting at NFA offices in Chicago. Maureen Downs, Vice-Chairman of the NFA Board of Directors and Tom Sexton, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NFA along with several executive level members of the NFA staff attended the meeting. I was the only attendee from the industry. The following issues were discussed: ISSP Up-dates (Effective April 1): NIBA members had concerns about the cost of implementing new requirements, third-party vendor liability and whether NFA exams in this area would take the form of education versus enforcement for a period of....

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Chairman’s Letter – February 2019

February in Chicago has begun in the deep freeze. Dangerous, record-setting temperatures meant kids missed school, and meetings were cancelled. The NIBA Board of Directors used the time to put the finishing touches on the NIBA Annual New York City Event. Our Annual NYC event is scheduled for April 10th. Four business sessions and a networking reception begin at 2pm (onsite registration open at 1:30pm) at the New York Athletic Club, the site of our meetings for the past five years. Registration is open. The NFA held its annual members meeting at its Chicago office on Feb. 5. I attended....

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NFA adopts Interpretive Notice entitled NFA Compliance Rule 2-9: CPO Internal Controls System

NFA recently adopted an Interpretive Notice entitled NFA Compliance Rule 2-9: CPO Internal Controls System (Interpretive Notice). The Interpretive Notice requires commodity pool operator (CPO) Members, which have the ability to control customer funds, to implement an internal controls framework designed to: Protect customer funds; and Provide reasonable assurance that the books and records of a CPO’s commodity pools are accurate and reliable and that the CPO is in compliance with all CFTC and NFA requirements. The Interpretive Notice will become effective on April 1, 2019. In order to demonstrate an adequate internal controls system, the Interpretive Notice also requires....

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