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MF Global Trustee Deal: Customers Get $130M from CME Group

MF Global trustee James Giddens struck a deal with the CME Group that recovered $130 million in customer funds from the exchange group. The agreement must be approved by a bankruptcy court and is not associated with the $1.6 billion in missing customer funds. In...

Trading Industry Hit by Recession

The world of trading is experiencing a recession. If you were to define industry GDP as traded and cleared volumes times commissions and fees, we would have experienced two consecutive quarters of lower GDP in futures, equities and options markets.   Besides this...

MF Global Report Points Out the Weak Spots

There isn’t much left out of the June 4th report from MF Global Trustee James Giddens “Report of the Trustee’s Investigation and Recommendations.” It’s a thorough 181 page (275 if you count all the charts and graphs at the end) Titanic journey of MF Global under Jon...

CME Group Advisory Notice: Enhanced Customer Protections

The CME Group released the following notice on April 2, 2012: To: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Financial OfficerFrom: Audit Department, Clearing House DivisionAdvisory #12-04Notice Date: April 02, 2012Effective Date:May 01, 2012 As a leader...

Self-Interest of a Customers’ Man

“John is looking out for his self-interest,” said a reader.  “John must be out money,” said another. It is often assumed that what motivates each of us is our own self-interest.  We could not take a breath without that being true.  We have to breathe. I am not without...

JLN Special Report: January 2012 Volumes Down

On Your CalendarA little over a month ago, I asked an exchange executive about falling volumes in the options space, to which he said. “January is going to tell us a lot.” January’s message to the options industry wasn’t kind. Most exchanges are reporting lower...

Competition is the Key

I believe in competition. We need competition in regulation. Creating competition in the Self Regulatory Organization sector I believe should be part of the plan to restore customer confidence in our markets. I started thinking about this as reports surfaced that the...

Pay Now or Pay Later

So far the number one voted-on question on FuturesCrowd.com is "The Number One Priority: Make the Customers Whole." I put that question on the site.  I have heard lots of people express this sentiment: that in order to restore customer's confidence in the futures...

This is No Bank Robbery

When someone robs a bank and gets away with the money, they have something fungible (cash) and easily hid. While the authorities may be able to trace the serial numbers on the bills as they start to show up in circulation, there are no other official records for the...

John Lothian News launches FuturesCrowd.com

Who wants to be a Millionaire? In the television game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," contestants have 4 choices on how to answer the questions.  They can answer themselves, or if they don't know the answer, they can use one of three lifelines to try to come up...

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