- Schwab launches new online educational content resource for traders
Charles Schwab today launched a new Trading Insights hub on schwab.com, 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
- 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.
CME Group weekly margin maintenance
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 requirementseffective July 14, for the following products: Electricity, Environmental, Equity Index, Ethanol, Metals, Natural Gas, and NGLs Outrights; ERIS Inter-Commodity Spread Credits.
- CME Group presents the Risk Ranch app
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!
- 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.
- Short-term volatility and event risk drives growth in Ag options
On June 30 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release its annual Acreage Report providing market participants with statistics on the crops planted in 2014. This report’s history of sparking dramatic price movements’ has all market participants focused on grains in the last week of June.
Whether you are looking for a cost effective way to hedge risk or a way to access the short-term volatility associated with these reports there are products to help you manager risk and take advantage of short-term volatility.
More on Exchanges
OneChicago, an equity finance exchange, is launching a listing of weekly futuresproducts with next-day settlement to each day of the week.
The first weekly futures products will launch on Friday June 20 on four exchange traded funds (ETFs) based on the S&P sector funds and on Apple(NYSE:AAPL) stock futures. The ETF weekly futures will be based on the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF), the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE), the Technology Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK) and the Industrial Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund. They will settle each day of the week based on a one-week time frame.
OneChicago expects to roll out additional weekly options products shortly after the initial launch.
- The Hydra Platform via Typhon Access has launched
Typhon has a wealth of experience operating multiple investment vehicles, and we are excited to announce that the Hydra Platform—a platform solution to allow managers and customers to easily find each other while providing proper checks and balances—launched in May.
With Hydra, investors are able to invest in a wide range of CTA and macro managers from some of the most prominent managers in the world to emerging specialists operated both by Typhon and external managers. Hydra gives investors the best balance between fund and SMA investments with liability protection, excellent transparency and liquidity, and the ability to notionally fund investments. We have structured the investment vehicles with a strict focus on internal controls to try and protect both investors and managers from operational risk every way possible and teamed with top-flight, independent service providers to enforce those controls.
If you are a manager or investor and would like to discuss the platform in further detail, please visitwww.typhonaccess.com. Also, soon you will be able to view daily performance updates of all of Typhon Capital’s managed account strategies on www.typhoncap.com.