Despite the fact that the end of floor trading was an industry-wide known inevitability, the announcement came as surprise to those still making a living on the floor who argue it was more personal vendetta than sound business decision.
Commodities/Futures magazine launched at the precipice of a revolution in the futures industry—really a revolution in the idea of risk management—that would move it from a small niche industry to an indispensable tool for managing risk as well providing an alternative investment to traditional stock and bond portfolios.
The MF Global debacle was really a slow motion car crash. There were numerous red flags going back a year and the bottom line is that according to the initial bankruptcy filing, there was capital within MF Global Holdings to cover the shortfall in customer segregated funds but the appropriate regulatory authorities did not demand those assets
I ran into an old friend at the Chicago Board of Trade yesterday and he told me the following joke: “What does Obamacare and CME Group’s new data fees have in common? One is 28,000 pages the other is 18 pages and both were voted on without anyone reading them.”