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 settlement talks follow a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry begun more than two years ago into key facets of modern markets, including order types -- or instructions for handling transactions that traders can send to exchanges.
Politically, 2013 was the year of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. First the GOP followed the direction of Junior Senator Ted Cruz (R Tex.) down a dark alley in a fight they were guaranteed to lose, and, then with the GOP on the ropes, the President and his team botched the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act website. In the markets all eyes were on Federal Reserve mainly because Congress abdicated all responsibility for moving the economy forward to Ben Bernanke, who finally signaled the beginning of the end of QE3.