Thinking of Starting a Fund? Here’s 10 Things For You to Consider

Written by: Matt Kluchenek, Patricia McDonald & Michael Sefton, Baker&McKenzie If you’ve been thinking about starting a hedge fund, you’ve likely encountered a byzantine array of options and requirements. Sorting through these options and requirements can be overwhelming. However, planning ahead and identifying key issues can clear a path and help you efficiently achieve your goal. In this article, we....

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Ask NFA – June 2017

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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NFA/NIBA – Washington, D.C.

On May 18, the NFA held a reception for the House Agricultural Committee and staff at the Longworth Building, Washington, DC. I was asked by the NFA to represent the NIBA. During the event, I met with several members of the committee and their congressional staff. This house committee is responsible for funding the CFTC. The sub-committee oversees our exchanges.....

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Opportunities in Copper Futures

Opportunities in Copper Futures Designed to meet the needs of a range of market participants as an important risk management tool and investment vehicle, COMEX Copper futures open interest has reached an all-time high on February 13 at 300,966 contracts and YTD ADV up nearly 22% YoY as of the end of May. We encourage you to learn more about....

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When Black Swans Aren’t

When Black Swans Aren’t: Geopolitical Risk Management in the Age of “Extreme” Events Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 (11:30 am to 4:30 pm; boxed lunch and reception included) The past year has seen many seemingly unexpected events come to pass, from Brexit to the United States Presidential Election. The upheaval has continued into 2017: the rise of the National Front and....

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Chairman’s Letter – June 2017

In the Good Old Summertime – Published 1902; Music by George Evans/Lyrics by Ren Shields “In the Good Old Summertime” is an American Tin Pan Alley song first published in 1902. It was one of the biggest hits of that era, going on to appear in many films including the 1949 film of the same name starring Judy Garland and....

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John Lothian to Keynote Joint NIBA/DePaul University Symposium

NIBA and DePaul University will hold the 4th Annual Joint Symposium on July 20, 2017 at the downtown campus of the university. This afternoon event includes three business sessions and a reception. Attendance is complimentary for registered derivatives professionals — registration is required. NIBA is happy to announce John Lothian of John Lothian News as the Keynote Speaker. John’s session....

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CME Group Planned Changes to Live Cattle Futures Contract Specifications

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (“CME or Exchange”), based on discussions with market participants and with the USDA, intends to implement amendments to its Live Cattle futures contract to alleviate delivery capacity constraints impacting the contract after last trade date.  The Exchange intends to implement the amendments, summarized below, as quickly as possible, and potentially beginning with the October 2017....

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CFTC/NFA Cyber Security: One Year In

By: Greg Baracy, Turnkey Trading Partners As everyone in the Commodity Futures Industry surely knows during March of 2016 the CFTC and NFA implemented cyber security obligations which were applied to all member firms. At that time Futures Commission Merchants (“FCMs”), Commodity Pool Operators (“CPOs”), Introducing Brokers (“IBs”), and Commodity Trading Advisors (“CTAs”) were all obligated to put in place....

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Housekeeping, Reminders and Updates – May 2017

Written by:    Mark E. Ruddy, Esq. Jessica I. Brown, CAMS COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION  Revisions to Form 8-R The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) has revised Form 8-R, at the request of the National Futures Association (“NFA”).  Form 8-R is the application form for individuals registering as an associated person (“AP”), floor broker, floor trader or to be listed as....

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