NIBA Board Elections

The Executive Board of the NIBA has made the following recommendations for election to the Board of Directors. Due to the restructuring of Introducing Broker membership qualification, no individual ballots will distribute this year. Instead this posting acts as notice to the membership of nomination of the candidates. If no other recommendations are received by Nov. 25, 2018, the candidates below are deemed elected. For an initial 3-year term (expiring 2020): Mark Shore, Chief Research Officer of Shore Capital Research LLC www.shorecapmgmt.com has more than 30 years of experience in the futures markets and alternative investments. He publishes research, consults....

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Trade the Top of Tech

ICE LAUNCHES NYSE FANG+ INDEX FUTURE ON NOVEMBER 8 The NYSE FANG+ Index™ offers exposure to a select group of highly-traded stocks of tech-enabled companies. Beginning on November 8, 2017, ICE Futures U.S. will launch a new futures contract designed to help you gain or reduce exposure to this key group of growth stocks in a capital efficient manner. The NYSE FANG+ index includes 10 actively traded stocks that represent some of the top innovators across today’s tech-oriented companies. The index’s underlying composition is equally weighted and reconstituted on a quarterly basis, providing a unique performance benchmark that allows for....

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Bitcoin Futures are Coming to CME

CME Group will launch Bitcoin futures, based on the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR), in Q4 2017, building off of the success of the BRR and demand for a regulated trading venue for the digital asset market. Subscribe to stay up-to-date on Bitcoin futures contract specifications and launch information. Keep Me informed...

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Chairman’s Letter – November 2017

“Money, Money, Money” —–                    ABBA, recorded and released 1976 Okay –I admit it. I’ve been eagerly waiting for the right time to mention ABBA for any reason in the Chairman’s Letter. Their 1976 release of “Money, Money, Money” was the second big hit for this Swedish pop group, following on the heels of “Dancing Queen.” Is it a stretch from money, money, money to Bitcoin and other forms of digital currency? Maybe. In the past week we have seen that the major futures exchanges believe in the development of cryptocurrency trading.....

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Housekeeping, Reminders and Updates – October 2017

Written by: Mark E. Ruddy, Esq. Maria Fielding   Increase in National Futures Association (“NFA”) Assessment Fee The NFA’s Executive Committee is recommending an increase in the NFA’s assessment fee beginning January 1, 2018. The Executive Committee voted in favor of recommending that the assessment fee increases from $0.01 per side to $0.02 per side for futures and options contracts, bringing the assessment fee back to its amount prior to being reduced in October 2014 to $0.01. The NFA maintains that an increase in the assessment fee is necessary in order to continue operations and maintain reserves properly. The recommended....

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NIBA Comment Letter – CFTC Project KISS

NIBA – The Association for Derivatives Professionals 55 W. Monroe, Ste. 3600 Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 977-0598 www.theniba.com BY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION Christopher Kirkpatrick, Secretary Commodity Futures Trading Commission 1155 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20581 September 28, 2017 Re: CFTC Request for Public Input to Make Regulations(s) Simpler, Less Burdensome and Less Costly (Project KISS) Mr. Kirkpatrick: The NIBA appreciates the opportunity to provide suggestions and comments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) as it reviews existing rules and regulations with an eye toward possible reevaluation of certain of them. We support the review, and look forward....

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Compliance Supervisors International Welcomes John Brand

Compliance Supervisors International Inc. (“CSI”), is excited to welcome John Brand to lead our Chicago Compliance Division. John is an excellent addition to CSI, and we look forward to leveraging his extensive and deep industry knowledge, with the current and ever-changing compliance and regulatory policies to better help our clients.  Mr. Brand’s compliance and examination experience spans across two decades, where he served in numerous compliance roles, most recently as Managing Director of Compliance at the National Futures Association. Mr. Brand also held various compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Compliance positions in the FCM community and for a Derivatives Clearing Organization.....

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CME Group Russell 2000

Register Today: The Russell 2000 Surge and Futures Trading Opportunities Webinar Small Cap, Big Opportunity With the likes of Alphabet, Apple and Amazon trading at lofty valuations, small-cap stocks, indices and futures are bringing back some edge to the market. Register for the CME Group upcoming webinar to learn how the Russell 2000® and E-mini Russell 2000 Index futures present trading opportunities for both institutional and individual traders. Register Today...

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Chairman’s Letter – October 2017

Podcast: an episodic series of digial audio or video files which a user can download and listen to – Wikipedia, 2017 NIBA’s mission is to educate derivatives professionals so they can better serve their customers, stay in compliance and grow their businesses. One of the ways the mission is accomplished is through posting the video files of our member conferences on the NIBA website. You can sit back and relax at home to watch the sessions for the first time, or review them any time. Currently, you can access all the individual presentations through the member’s portal on the site....

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Ask NFA: October 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 of this contact is to keep the lines of communication between the NFA and NIBA members.  This month’s questions were selected from those submitted by NIBA members. The answers were supplied by NFA staff. Q: I heard NFA updated the individual application....

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