From the March 01, 2009 issue of Futures Magazine • Subscribe!

New for Traders

Exchanges

CME Group launched four new Chicago petroleum contracts on CME ClearPort. CME Group also will expand its international incentive programs, including a simplified fee structure, to provide greater access to CME, CBOT and Nymex products. CBOT ethanol swaps contracts are now available on CME ClearPort. www.cmegroup.com

Futures

HedgeStreet.com now offers limited risk futures, or Bungee contracts. www.hedgestreet.com

Options

The International Securities Exchange introduced options trading on the NASDAQ Q-50 Index and launched an FX options widget, quotes page and advanced options calculator. www.ise.com

Bonds

Prime Source’s global service now includes bond evaluations from the pricing and reference data business of Interactive Data Corporation. www.nyxprimesource.com

Software

eSignal now carries the TSX/CP Equities News, a Canadian news service with content from the Canadian Press and data from TSX Datalinx. www.esignal.com

Rosenthal Collins Group, LLC developed and filed for patent protection on a futures brokerage risk management system called RCG RiskHunter, which is designed to highlight any trading pattern or behavior that deviates from a trader’s historical behavior. www.rcgdirect.com

Trading platforms

Direct Edge signed an agreement to use Equinix’s NY4 data center facility as the primary location for Direct Edge’s next-generation trading platform, which is scheduled for release in Q4 2009, pending SEC approval of Direct Edge’s two exchange applications. www.directedge.com

Infinity Futures released a new version of its Infinity AT trading platform, Infinity AT Version 3. www.infinityfutures.com

Indexes

FTSE Group will calculate Italian MIB Indices on behalf of Borsa Italiana starting March 30. www.ftse.com

Education

TradeMonster introduced spreadMAKER, an online tool to help investors learn more about options spreads, and Trade Simulator, which shows how trading strategies and positions behave in a live account without investing any money. www.trademonster.com

Kent State's MS in Financial Engineering program has received a gift providing two full-tuition assistantships for fall 2009. The gift encourages participation by students of traditionally underrepresented populations. http://Business.Kent.edu/MSFE/KeyFdnGA.html

Other

7ticks launched a direct connection within the Equinix Frankfurt-North International Business Exchange data center between its U.S.-based network and the Eurex location in Frankfurt, Germany. www.7ticks.com

RTS Realtime Systems Group announced a new technology partnership with First

Insight, a provider of weather information to the trading and financial markets. www.rtsgroup.net

Zen-Fire launched a German Zen-Fire Web site, www.zen-fire.de.

Telx and ACTIV Financial are partnering to offer market data and colocation services to the financial industry. www.telex.com, www.activfinancial.com

DirectEdge extended its hours of trading from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. www.directedge.com

Ari Kiev, M.D. launched Kiev Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in peak performance coaching for hedge funds and institutional investors and traders. www.arikiev.com

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