It’s ironic that I’m writing this on the day the insurance study commissioned by the industry after the MF Global and PFG blow ups was released. Ironic because if implemented in some form, it would mean more costs and more rules for futures commission merchants (FCMs) and probably their customers.
After years of dealing with low interest rates, new regulations and rebuilding client confidence, futures commission merchants are ready to break out and start doing what they do best: Executing trades and hopefully making money.
Pete Nessler, CEO of FCStone Group, was raised in Chicago but earned his stripes in the grain fields of Iowa. Working with elevators and farmers, he helped turn Farmers Commodities Corp. from a group of co-ops into the international brokerage firm INTLFCStone that it is today.