Chairman’s Letter – August 2018

In 8 BC, the eighth month of the year was named for Augustus Caesar, emperor of Rome, in honor of his several great battle triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt. August is “Happiness Happens Month,” in the U.S., a month-long celebration of sharing happy news. For a good start to NIBA members’ “happy month,” CFTC has notified NIBA it has issued a no-action letter in response to our request submitted in March with regard to the changing FASB rules. Those rules would have had substantial effect on IIBs and FCMs. NIBA requested relief in behalf of its IB members, and....

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CME Advisory Notice

CME Group MRAN 536: Documentation of Customer Orders and Submission of Suspense Accounts on CME Globex Effective on October 1, 2018, and pending all relevant CFTC regulatory review periods, this Market Regulation Advisory Notice will supersede CME Group Market Regulation Advisory Notice RA1605-5R from August 19, 2016. This Advisory Notice sets forth the circumstances under which a suspense account may be submitted on orders entered into CME Globex (“Globex”) and the requirements attendant to proper documentation of such orders. For purposes of this Advisory Notice, a suspense account means a temporary holding account that is submitted at the time of order....

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NYC Conference Videos

Video of NIBAs annual spring NYC conference is available online for those who were unable to attend in person.  Sessions included Marketing, Cryptocurrency, Quant Essentials and Compliance Clips.  Please use the link below to enjoy the videos at your convenience. NYC Conference Videos...

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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