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Putting on My Broker Hat About Bitcoin

Putting on My Broker Hat About Bitcoin

Everyone is asking about bitcoin. A journalist called and asked to interview me. A magazine called and asked me to write something. A brokerage firm chief risk manager called to ask me my opinion about bitcoin and bitcoin futures. Two weeks...

It Ain’t Broke, but We Fixed it Anyway: A Letter to the Editor

Dear Sirs,Last week in this column, Jim Kharouf, one of my friends in the industry, referred to the “broken” FCM model. Having had a front row seat to the travails of operating an FCM over the past 10 years, I take exception to the word “broken.” While the FCM model...

Pipelines: Nick Solinger Talks Market Infrastructure for SEFs

It's been a historic year for swap execution facilities as more were launched in the wake of Dodd-Frank rulemaking by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Nick Solinger, head of product strategy and chief marketing officer of Traiana, said that its been a good...

Extreme Makeover: Gary DeWaal Says FCM Landscape has to Change

The futures commission merchant (FCM) space is likely to change dramatically in the coming years. How is the question. John Lothian News sat down with Gary DeWaal, of Gary Dewaal Associates, for his views on the shape of the brokerage industry in the coming years....

Residual Interest Rule Cometh

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission took up the issue of enhanced customer protections today, finalizing a rule that would require futures commission merchants (FCMs) to adopt new risk management programs that relate to operations, capital and customers fund...

NFA Chairman Chris Hehmeyer Talks Bankruptcy Reform

One of the issues that emerged from the MF Global collapse was the complex and often frustrating US bankruptcy process. In the case of MF Global, futures customers’ claims were lumped in with other creditors. As such, it took more than a year for customers with...

Ratings: How Does Your Broker Rate?

If you knew the financial health of your futures broker, would that help you decide which firm to work with? James Gellert, President and CEO of Rapid Ratings, says futures broker ratings could make for more informed retail and professional investors. Gellert explains...

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