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MF Global News (12/21/11 AM) Standard

The latest news on the MF Global bankruptcy and fallout, published in the John Lothian Newsletter (subscribe here) the morning of December 21, 2011. In the wake of the MF Global bankruptcy, John Lothian Newsletter has created a special section on JohnLothianNewsletter.com devoted to news, information and commentary. The section features archived news stories featured in the John Lothian Newsletter, analysis and breaking news. Check regularly for updates. See the MF Global news section here.

John Lothian News Exclusive: Matthew Hunter Named CFTC Head of Surveillance Standard

CFTC

Matthew Hunter has been named head of surveillance for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). According to CFTC spokesman R. David Gary, Hunter is filling the position as part of a reorganization at the regulatory agency that began Oct. 9. Hunter was previously deputy director of the CFTC’s market and trade practice surveillance branch, division of market oversight. The CFTC’s market surveillance program has the stated intention of preserving the economic functions of futures and option markets. The market surveillance program’s primary mission is to identify situations that could pose a threat of manipulation and to initiate preventive actions.

MF Global News (12/20/11 AM) Standard

The latest news on the MF Global bankruptcy and fallout, published in the John Lothian Newsletter (subscribe here) the morning of December 20, 2011. In the wake of the MF Global bankruptcy, John Lothian Newsletter has created a special section on JohnLothianNewsletter.com devoted to news, information and commentary. The section features archived news stories featured in the John Lothian Newsletter, analysis and breaking news. Check regularly for updates. See the MF Global news section here.

MF Global News (12/19/11 AM) Standard

The latest news on the MF Global bankruptcy and fallout, published in the John Lothian Newsletter (subscribe here) the morning of December 19, 2011. In the wake of the MF Global bankruptcy, John Lothian Newsletter has created a special section on JohnLothianNewsletter.com devoted to news, information and commentary. The section features archived news stories featured in the John Lothian Newsletter, analysis and breaking news. Check regularly for updates. See the MF Global news section here.

House Committee on Agriculture – The Ag Minute: Ensuring MF Global Customers Are Treated Fairly Standard

The House Committee on Agriculture published the following press release on December 14, 2011: This week during The Ag Minute, Chairman Frank Lucas discusses the efforts of the House Agriculture Committee to uncover the whereabouts of the roughly $1.2 billion in customer funds that remain missing from bankrupt MF Global, and to determine who is responsible for these losses. Last week the House Agriculture Committee held the first hearing on the MF Global bankruptcy with three panels of witnesses, including former CEO of the company, Jon Corzine. Chairman Lucas stresses that the committee will continue to monitor the investigation into MF Global’s actions and will…

MF Global News (12/16/11 AM) Standard

The latest news on the MF Global bankruptcy and fallout, published in the John Lothian Newsletter (subscribe here) the morning of December 16, 2011. In the wake of the MF Global bankruptcy, John Lothian Newsletter has created a special section on JohnLothianNewsletter.com devoted to news, information and commentary. The section features archived news stories featured in the John Lothian Newsletter, analysis and breaking news. Check regularly for updates. See the MF Global news section here.

MF Global News (12/15/11 AM) Standard

The latest news on the MF Global bankruptcy and fallout, published in the John Lothian Newsletter (subscribe here) the morning of December 15, 2011. In the wake of the MF Global bankruptcy, John Lothian Newsletter has created a special section on JohnLothianNewsletter.com devoted to news, information and commentary. The section features archived news stories featured in the John Lothian Newsletter, analysis and breaking news. Check regularly for updates. See the MF Global news section here. For more on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture’s MF Global investigation testimony, click here.

MF Global News (12/14/11 AM) Standard

The latest news on the MF Global bankruptcy and fallout, published in the John Lothian Newsletter (subscribe here) the morning of December 14, 2011. In the wake of the MF Global bankruptcy, John Lothian Newsletter has created a special section on JohnLothianNewsletter.com devoted to news, information and commentary. The section features archived news stories featured in the John Lothian Newsletter, analysis and breaking news. Check regularly for updates. See the MF Global news section here. For more on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture’s MF Global investigation testimony, click here.

A Layman’s Guide to Regulation 1.25 Standard

Doug Ashburn

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Regulation 1.25 – Investment of Customer Funds, has been at the top of the news these past couple of weeks. In the wake of the MF Global bankruptcy scandal, the focus has been on the treatment of customer funds at the failed futures commission merchant/broker-dealer, and its soured investments in European sovereign debt. In the midst of the investigation of MF Global and the search for $1.2 billion in missing customer segregated funds, the CFTC approved its final set of rule changes to Reg. 1.25 related to the Dodd-Frank Act. While many press stories have…