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New for Traders


  • Real talk on alternative investments, business & finance

The first print issue of The Alpha Pages is coming soon.

The launch of The Alpha Pages acknowledges the ever-expanding universe of unique, exotic and alternative investments to fixed income and publicly traded equities. The Alpha Pages will uncover the best and worst of the alternative investment industry, providing actionable data, insightful analysis and pointed commentary on issues that keep investors up at night. 

To kick off its inaugural issue, The Alpha Pages  interviews Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.


  • CME to launch Eurodollar Bundle futures and options

Global derivatives exchange operator CME plans to launch Eurodollar Bundle futures and options to provide investors with a cost-effective alternative to trading OTC products, a practice becoming increasingly expensive due to new regulations.

Bundle futures allow market participants to trade multiple years of short-term interest rate risk exposure at a single price, with a single instrument, providing market participants with operational and margin efficiencies.

The bundles are strips of at least eight consecutive quarterly futures contracts.


  • Nadex Launches iPad Trading App for Binary Options

Nadex, a regulated online binary options exchange in the United States, announced the release of its iPad app to provide retail traders the ability to trade binary options and bull spreads on an easy to use, intuitive platform.

Nadex’s iPad app provides traders an additional way to trade binary options and bull spreads based on stock indices, forex, commodities and major economic events on global financial markets. Key features of the iPad app include:

  • Filtered searches by binary price 0 to 100 for smart trading
  • Order tickets populated directly from charts with one click for faster trading
  • Customized watch lists and view of most popular markets in real time
  • Expanded screen with view of open positions, working orders and account balances
  • 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.

  • 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.

More on Exchanges 

  • 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."
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About the Author

Skylar Zhang is an undergraduate student at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, focusing on magazine journalism. She is also majoring in economics. She is currently an intern for Futures magazine. In her free time, she enjoys writing, taking pictures, and beating her engineering friends at math.

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