New for traders: CME's performance bond margin changes

New for Traders

Performance Bond Requirements Update ...

...for Electricity, Equity Index, Refined Products, and Weather Outrights; Ethanol Intra-Commodity Spread Charges; Coal, ERIS, NGLs and Metals Inter-Commodity Spread Credits

As per the normal review of market volatility to ensure adequate collateral coverage, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc., Clearing House Risk Management staff approved the performance bond requirements for the following products listed here.


The rates will be effective with the close of business on Friday, July 25, 2014.

  • MSR Investments LLC launches the MSR Investable Index platform

MSR Investments LLC announced the launch of the MSR Investable Index Platform.

MSR Indices evolved from the premise that a meaningful majority of CTA, Hedge Fund and Fund of Funds strategies can be replicated and benchmarked using any one or combination of three basic trading strategies: 1) Long Only, 2) Trend Following and 3) Reversal. MSR Indices can be utilized for research purposes, investment purposes or both.

Our platform additionally incorporates a "Risk-First" approach by allowing users to select a target volatility for each index being analyzed. This is the initial release of the MSR Index Platform. Future releases in the weeks ahead will enable users to perform a wide variety of sophisticated and comparative analyses using MSR Index data as well as your own data.

  • CME Group release performance bond requirements effective July 18, 2014

As per the normal review of market volatility to ensure adequate collateral coverage, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc., Clearing House Risk Management staff approved the performance bond requirements for the listed products.

  • Schwab launches new online educational content resource for traders

Charles Schwab today launched a new Trading Insights hub on, giving traders easy access to an on-demand educational experience to help them develop their skills and avoid common missteps. A broad range of articles and videos curated from Schwab’s team of trading professionals are available on the hub, along with materials from the robust, client-facing Trading Services Learning Center. This new content resource also includes video clips from the interactive ‘Schwab Live’ trader Q&A series that feature Schwab’s professionals fielding questions from real investors.

“Trading Insights is designed to give investors who are passionate about trading a place where they can go for practical information and valuable perspectives that they can apply to their trading and use to grow their skill set,” said Kelli Keough, Senior Vice President of Client Experience at Charles Schwab. “With topics covering everything from formulating a trading strategy to tools for managing risk in the face of uncertainty, they’ll find insights helpful for any successful trading plan.”

  • OANDA and Autochartist develop exclusive retail FX trading feature

OANDA, a global provider of innovative forex trading services, is pleased to introduce two new technical analysis features to its clients via the broker’s content partnership with Autochartist: Correlating Signals and Our Favorites.

A joint product development between the two companies and exclusive to OANDA fxTrade clients, through the Correlating Signals feature investors can receive e-mail notifications flagging trading opportunities when support/resistance levels coincide with chart pattern projections.

“At OANDA we pride ourselves on delivering tools that enable our clients to improve their trading strategies and we’re excited to add an exclusive indicator like Correlating Signals to their arsenals,” said Trevor Young, Vice President of Product Management, OANDA Corporation. “The OANDA partner program is a key method through which we continuously innovate, and our work with Autochartist helps us provide powerful, advanced technical analysis tools to retail FX traders.”


  • The Alpha Pages buys FINalternatives

FINalternatives, an online publication covering the world of hedge funds and private equity, has been sold to an upstart media company called the Alpha Pages. The company announced on Wednesday that it had purchased FINalternatives from its founder, Deirdre Brennan. The price was not disclosed.

“FINalternatives will continue to operate as usual, but we’ll now have additional resources to expand our coverage of alternative investments, as well as our reader base around the globe,” Ms. Brennan, who started the publication in 2005, said in a statement.

  • Markit and KRX connect for clearing interest rate swaps

Markit, a leading global diversified provider of financial information services, today announced that MarkitSERV, its electronic trade processing service for over-the-counter derivatives, is now connected to the Korea Exchange (KRX).

KRX started clearing interest rates swaps in March 2014, with mandatory clearing of interest rate swaps denominated in Korean won (KRW) beginning June 30th 2014. MarkitSERV is the first global trade processing service to connect to KRX, enabling 17 international and Korean banks that are MarkitSERV customers as well as KRX members, to be able to confirm and clear trades seamlessly. In the first week of mandatory clearing, KRW 291 billion (equivalent to USD 288 million) of interest rate swaps were successfully sent by MarkitSERV for clearing at KRX.


  • TOCOM to host a seminar in Hong Kong to enhance its presence in the region

The Tokyo Commodity Exchange, Inc., (TOCOM) announced a seminar it will hold in Hong Kong on July 16 at Exchange Auditorium, the Exchange Exhibition Hall. TOCOM will present an update of Japan’s commodity futures market and showcase trading opportunities. A significant development that will be highlighted is the ATS (Automated Trading Services) status granted by Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong to provide direct market access for the market participants in the region.

The seminar will feature a special lecture entitled "Market Prospects for 2016-2020 – Is the Commodity Super-cycle Over?" by Mr. Tetsu Emori, Chief Fund Manager of Astmax Asset Management. This will be followed by a panel discussion “TOCOM Market - Opportunities and Risk Management & Feasibility Study on "Comprehensive Exchange" moderated by Mr. Yasuo Mogi, the Chairman of Nissan Century Securities with panelists that include TOCOM clearing brokers, market participants and a Japanese regulatory authority representative.

  • NinjaTrader acquires Mirus Futures
After an industry-wide stimulus of change at its inception, NinjaTrader Brokerage is hoping to once again stir things up by acquiring Mirus Futures. They hope to "simplify pricing through clarity and transparency, deliver a seamless trading experience that reflects today’s mobile lifestyle, and optimize customer care."
Raymond Deux, NinjaTrader Founder and CEO said, "We have acquired Mirus Futures as our vehicle and accelerant for change. Our goal with NinjaTrader Brokerage is to address unfulfilled traders’ expectations by disrupting the traditional ways brokerage is currently conducted and bringing it into the 21st century."


  • Lombard Risk Management announces latest version of "XBRL-Checker"

Lombard Risk Management plc, a leading provider of integrated regulatory reporting, compliance and collateral management solutions for the financial services industry, announced today the latest version of XBRL-Checker with additional features for visualising the XBRL regulatory reports specified by the European Banking Authority (EBA).

Firms have until 30th June to produce, test and submit the new XBRL regulatory reports in order to be compliant with the latest EBA Common Reporting (COREP) rules.

Risk Ranch is a highly addictive, single-player game with engaging, real-life content, challenging you to take on the role of a modern day farmer and bring your steer to market. Avoid risks, allocate your coins wisely and purchase Futures to protect your investment…It’s up to you to safely raise your steer and make a profit in a totally new world! As you progress throughout the game, you’ll have a chance to play through all four seasons while learning about the real-time risks that affect the value of your steer.

Based on CME Group and 4–H’s Commodity Carnival board game, players will experience real life agricultural risks and will need to make strategic decisions in order to win the blue ribbon!

Risk Ranch is available on the web, in the App Store and through the Android Market.



  • Perseus and Interxion Align for iGaming

Perseus Telecom, a leading provider of high-speed global connectivity, High Precision Time™ and Market-to-Market networks announced today that it would partner with Interxion Holding NV, a leading European provider of carrier and cloud neutral colocation data centre services, announced today that CFO Josh Joshi is scheduled to speak in New York, a leading European provider of cloud and carrier-neutral colocation data centre services. The relationship forms a strong technical solution for iGaming as the need to provide high-speed bandwidth in a secure collocated environment is in great demand and growing.

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