Annual Thank You Reception

A Great Big Thank You! Over 35 NIBA sponsors and supporters attended our annual Thank You Reception held March 3 at the Union League Club, Chicago. FCMs, exchanges and service provider members got together with NIBA board members to catch up on sponsorship opportunities and preview association events currently scheduled for 2018. If you would like to become a FCM or Exchange member or join as an NIBA Annual Sponsorship, contact Mike Burke, [email protected] Mike can answer questions about your current membership status, too. If you would like to become a Service Provider member or have questions about your current....

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Chairman’s Letter – April 2018

The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis. While scholars debate the exact derivation of the name, traditionalists believe it is most commonly refers to the “season when trees and flowers begin to open.” In Finnish, April is huhtikuu, the time for burning and clearing farmland. In Slovene, recorded as far back as 1466, mali traven is the month when plants start growing. To “open” April, the CFTC has posted a new podcast on their website www.cftc.gov presented by Professor Scott Irwin, an expert in the importance of speculation and its effect on the markets. They also started out....

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AML Program Changes – Deadline Looms

Have you updated your AML Program to comply with the FinCEN changes going into effect on May 11, 2018? Most Futures Commission Merchants (“FCMs”) have implemented changes to their Anti-Money Laundering Programs (“AML Programs”) in accordance with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) final rules issued on July 11, 2016. These FinCEN final rules must be incorporated into all FCM and Introducing Broker (“IB”) AML Programs by May 11, 2018. Introducing Brokers will need to fulfill this obligation within their own AML Programs even if they rely on their FCMs for certain aspects of the program. Specifically, these firms will....

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Housekeeping, Reminders & Updates – March 2018

Written by: Mark E. Ruddy, Esq., Maria Fielding National Futures Association (“NFA”) Stays Virtual Currency Reporting Requirements NFA announced on December 14, 2017 that it would require additional reporting requirements from commodity pool operators (“CPOs”) and commodity trading advisors (“CTAs”) who are involved in virtual currency transactions and introducing brokers (“IBs”) who accept orders in virtual currency derivatives. On March 27, 2018, NFA released Notice to Members I-18-07 to inform CPOs, CTAs, and IBs that they are currently not required to file the additional reporting requirements previously announced in December 2017. NFA cautioned, however, that it may contact individual firms....

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FinTech Exchange 2018

NIBA Members Receive an Additional $100 Off (Discount already applied) Alternative Data.  Trading Innovation.  Blockchain in Capital Markets.  And, of course Cryptocurrencies are headline topics for 2018!  And, don’t miss our new Startup Exchange Competition the day prior to the main FinTech Exchange Event.  Back for its 4th year in Chicago on April 25 & 26, FinTech Exchange is the leading event for financial markets and trading technology. Hear from top industry experts and firms such as Cboe Global Markets, Kraken, Tibco, Alibaba Cloud, CME Group, DataRobot, Sterling Trading Tech, Gate 39 Media and Vela. Plus we’re offering you an EXCLUSIVE offer which gives....

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Update NFA Annual Questionnaire regarding Virtual Currencies

On December 14, 2017, NFA issued Notices I-17-28 and I-17-29 requiring commodity pool operators (CPO) and commodity trading advisors (CTA) that execute transactions involving virtual currencies or virtual currency derivatives and introducing brokers (IB) that solicit or accept orders in virtual currency derivatives to immediately notify NFA by amending the firm-level section of the annual questionnaire. NFA reminds CPOs, CTAs and IBs that this is an ongoing obligation. Notices I-17-28 and I-17-29 also described additional reporting requirements for these CPOs, CTAs and IBs. The purpose of this notice is to inform CPOs, CTAs and IBs that NFA is not requiring the filing of this additional information....

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CME Market Data Fee Increase

 Effective April 1, 2018, CME Group will increase the monthly Real Time: Professional Market Data Fee to $105 per month per exchange, from $85 per month per exchange. Please click here for details related to these fees.  Additionally, CME Group will begin to charge market data fees for CME Direct users in Q2 2018. Clients who trade on CME Direct may be eligible for fee waivers based on trading activity. Final details will be available by end of Q1 2018. Please click here for details related to this new policy....

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NFA Annual Member Meeting Report

In early February, NFA held its Annual Member Meeting. NIBA attended and asked NFA staff several questions suggested by NIBA association members. The answers to two of the questions asked was printed in our February newsletter. This is a third question, and NFA’s response. Q: What does the NFA do to monitor FCM Segregated Accounts? A: Investor protection is a key element of NFA’s mission, and the segregation of customer funds by an FCM is an important aspect of investor protection.  Each FCM has a designated self-regulatory organization (DSRO) that is primarily responsible for monitoring that FCM for compliance with....

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