Housekeeping – August 2017

Written by: Mark E. Ruddy, Esq. Maria Fielding, Legal Assistant   Three of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Nominees Confirmed The United States Senate confirmed J. Christopher Giancarlo as Chairman and Rostin Behnam and Brian Quintenz as commissioners of the CFTC. The Senate did not vote on the fourth and final nominee currently awaiting confirmation, Dawn DeBerry Stump. As....

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Chicago Conference Keynote Speaker Full Bio

  Mr. Schwager is a Co-founder and Chief Research Officer of FundSeeder, a firm that seeks to find undiscovered trading talent worldwide via its trader platform (FundSeeder.com), and a Co-founder of FundSeeder Investments (FundSeederinvest.com), which seeks to connect properly regulated traders with sources of investment capital. Mr. Schwager is a recognized industry expert in futures and hedge funds and the....

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Liquidity Leaders: CME Group’s Leading Products Guide

View a quarterly listing of CME Group’s leading futures and options contracts. This guide shows the top contracts by asset class in terms of average daily volume and open interest. This resource also highlights information on recent product launches and global partnership data. Q2 Highlights: –       Interest Rate OI reached a record 79 million contracts on June 15 –       NYMEX....

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NIBA Annual Fall Chicago Conference

The Annual Fall Chicago Conference is the association’s largest conference of the year hosted by the CME Group in Chicago.  We had great success at our 25th Anniversary Conference last year and this year is shaping up to be our best one yet! The full agenda will be released in short order and this year will include never before seen sessions....

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Can Quantitative Analysis Hone a Discretionary Manager’s Edge?

What is a quant? Wikipedia definition: A quantitative analyst or, in financial jargon, a quant is a person who specializes in the application of mathematical and statistical methods – such as numerical or quantitative techniques – to financial and risk management problems.  Amongst traders, “quant” may conjure an image of a nerdy programmer, but we may all employ quantitative analysis....

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NIBA/DePaul Internship Joint Endeavor

The NIBA Internship Program is underway!  The idea for this internship program was proposed and found strong support among NIBAs Advisory Group.  Qualified students will be matched with members looking for candidates trained in a broad array of critical sectors, including Finance, Statistics, Media, Marketing, and Law. To highlight one of our recent internship success stories, Muz Quadri, who completed....

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Announcement from NIBA BoD

As part of our 25th Anniversary celebration The NIBA Board of Directors are pleased to announce that all NFA registered IBs and CTAs will receive a complimentary one-year 25th Anniversary membership to the NIBA.  The NIBA has been a resource to the trading and brokerage community for a quarter of a century and as a way of giving back and....

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Interest in Cattle Futures has Never Been Higher

AT A GLANCE Massive herd expansion helps fuel surge in trading Analyst: Feedlots are in as good a position as they’ve been in years Beef producers are building the U.S. cattle herd at one of the fastest paces on record, as higher cattle prices and stronger exports fuel healthy profit margins. The expansion comes just a few years after the....

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Chairman’s Letter – August 2017

“Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life” – Alvin Toffler (1928-2016) Alvin Toffler was an American writer and futurist best known for his works on modern technologies and the communication revolution. The above quote appeared in Future Shock, first published in 1970. Changes which will have a profound effect on our professional lives have happened this....

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Ascent Introduces Intelligence-as-a-Service

What is Intelligence as a Service? Intelligence-as-a-Service (“IntaaS”) is the combination of automated domain expertise with traditional internet software. Imagine if your CRM came pre-filled with customer information, your taxes were pre-loaded and completed in your tax software, or your digital compliance system was pre-filled with all your data: this is the promise of IntaaS. Software-as-a-Service reduced the marginal cost....

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