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CFTC Chairman Rostin Behnam Gears Up for Full CFTC

CFTC Chairman Rostin Behnam Gears Up for Full CFTC

Rostin Behnam had the advantage of being a CFTC commissioner since 2017 before being confirmed as chairman in December of 2021, giving him insight into the organization and good working relationships with its staffers.

JLN spoke to Behnam at the International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, Fla., about the start of his chairmanship and what he hopes to accomplish.

John Damgard – The History of Financial Futures

John Damgard – The History of Financial Futures

Longtime Washington Hand Who Led FIA, Reflects on the Start of CFTC, FIA and NFA as Financial Futures Began

John Damgard spoke in 2019 to John Lothian News for The History of Financial Futures video series, when he was attending the FIA conference in Boca Raton. 

John Damgard was a key player in creating the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in the 1970s. Many reasons pointed to the need for a regulator with greater capabilities than those of the Department of Agriculture, which had meager resources available for overseeing the agricultural futures of the day.

FIA Expo: Sustainability Markets Growing, But Participants Search for Clarity of Its Parameters

FIA Expo: Sustainability Markets Growing, But Participants Search for Clarity of Its Parameters

Although the five speakers at a Thursday FIA Expo panel titled “Sustainability/ESG and Markets” agreed that the ESG sector is one of the biggest growth areas in the marketplace, they said it can be difficult to define exactly what ESG encompasses.

The “E” (for environmental) is self-evident, but the “social and governance components are much more challenging,” said Elizabeth Turner, Qontigo’s director of index product management. 

Cboe’s Dave Howson Details His ‘Once in a Career’ Mission in Europe, Asia – Part 2

Cboe’s Dave Howson Details His ‘Once in a Career’ Mission in Europe, Asia – Part 2

Cboe Global Markets’ Dave Howson took over as EVP and president, Europe and Asia Pacific in January 2020, a time marked by the challenges of Brexit and shutdowns related to the global pandemic.

In the second part of a two-part video interview, Howson talks about the timing of the September 2021 debut of Cboe Europe Derivatives, Cboe’s EU-based derivatives exchange. Customers had been requesting that Cboe start one for years, especially after its acquisition of Bats in 2017, he said, but the pieces finally aligned this year with Cboe’s purchase of EuroCCP, its clearing house in Amsterdam.

Analysis: What Can We Learn From the DOJ’s Latest Spoofing Conviction?

Analysis: What Can We Learn From the DOJ’s Latest Spoofing Conviction?

“I know how to game this stuff.” “One can definitely manipulate if you’re aggressive.” “If you spoof this it really moves.” These excerpts from online chats among traders and hedge fund managers more than a decade ago played a key role in the Justice Department’s successful prosecution of two Wall Street traders in the latest trial to take on ”spoofing,” a form of market manipulation that was criminalized in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.

Names for Consideration as Chair of the CFTC

Names for Consideration as Chair of the CFTC

I have written a letter to the President of the United States about the need for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to have a permanent chair named and confirmed. I have suggested that Rostin Behnam, the current acting chairman of the CFTC, should become the permanent chair of the Commission.

Dear Mr. President: The CFTC Needs A Permanent Chairman, Not An Acting One

Dear Mr. President: The CFTC Needs A Permanent Chairman, Not An Acting One

Because of the importance of cotton to our nation’s beginnings and all the other commodities it residually drove the production of, the U.S. commodity and related derivatives markets are among the most important in the world. I am writing to you today to urge you to appoint a permanent chairperson of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Meet El Salvador, Newest Bitcoin Paradise

Meet El Salvador, Newest Bitcoin Paradise

On Saturday, June 5, President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador announced that he would ask his country’s legislature to declare bitcoin “legal tender” in the country. This statement was part of a pre-recorded presentation to Miami, Florida’s Bitcoin 2021 conference.  

OIC 2021: ‘Washington Outlook’ is for a mix of clouds, not sunny skies, for Biden’s proposals

OIC 2021: ‘Washington Outlook’ is for a mix of clouds, not sunny skies, for Biden’s proposals

The main question batted around at The Washington Outlook panel at the 2021 Options Industry Conference on Wednesday was whether President Joe Biden can realize his hope for bipartisanship on his agenda, given that a large chunk of his new American Families Plan proposal is anathema to Republicans – in particular the proposed tax increases on the wealthy that would pay for much of it. 

The Spread: Brexit Stage Right

The Spread: Brexit Stage Right

This week on The Spread, MIH and MGEX complete their merger, Cboe’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Carol Kennedy and the CFTC’s Chairman Heath Tarbert announce their retirement, and more.

Andy Busch Post Election Regulatory Analysis

Andy Busch Post Election Regulatory Analysis

Andy Busch is the former chief market information officer of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Today he is a consultant, speaker and market analyst offering his unique perspectives and analysis to corporate clients.

The Spread: Is 2020 Over Yet?

The Spread: Is 2020 Over Yet?

This week on The Spread: the CME launches futures trading on the VOLQ, Eurex launches futures and options trading on two ESG indices, and more.

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