Last month's spike in failed trades in Wall Street's key funding market sparked fears that it could be a sign of trouble brewing in the U.S. financial system, but the disruptions appear more likely to mark the "new normal" of the post-crisis era.
On the trading floors of New York and Chicago, and on quieter desks from Greenwich to Boston, trading supervisors are reviewing surveillance reports and consulting real-time surveillance monitors as though their bonus checks depend on it—because they do. Here’s why.
The advent of electronic trading brought an infatuation with for-profit exchanges, while Dodd-Frank brought hope of regulatory protection for the little guys. Neither delivered in 2013 — will 2014 be any different?
The futures industry has had a tough couple of years, and with each storm there has been a dire warning that people will abandon it in droves. But the futures industry, particularly in Chicago, has faced many challenges and usually comes out the other end stronger through its ability to innovate.
As we are all well aware, the last two years have been the most challenging for the futures industry in the almost 80 years the two of us, collectively, have been in the business. The collapse of MF Global and the uncovering of the Peregrine Financial Group (PFG) fraud brought about the questioning of systems and procedures believed to be safe
Is Bitcoin a "futures contract?" Maybe. A futures contract is not defined in the CEA specifically, but it has been defined in the courts as a commitment to deliver or receive an asset - including U.S. dollars - in the future at a pre-agreed price.