Who wants to be a Millionaire? In the television game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” contestants have 4 choices on how to answer the questions. They can answer themselves, or if they don’t know the answer, they can use one of three lifelines to try to come up with the answer. There are three types of lifelines that were used when I watched the Regis Philbin US version of the show: 50/50, Phone a Friend and Poll the Audience. Each one of these lifelines has a unique approach to problem solving. 50/50 is purely probability based. You get…
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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.
Anthony Neglia is president of Tower Trading of New York City, an open outcry floor brokerage firm specializing in options on precious metals at the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). His commentary regularly appears on CNBC and TheStreet.com. John Lothian News editor-at-large Doug Ashburn spoke with Neglia about volatility in the metals market, position limits, the role of speculators, and the future of the metals space.
Emil van Essen has 25 years experience trading and modeling in the futures markets and has been a CTA since 1997. His firm, now with $240 million in assets under management, has been successful with its spread trading program launched in December 2006. JLN Managed Futures editor Jim Kharouf spoke with van Essen about his trading program, how the industry evolved and the issue on most minds in the industry, what impact will MF Global have on the managed futures space. Disclaimer: Futures and options trading involve risk. Past results are no indication of future performance. Investment in this fund…
Jim Falvey has been an attorney in the exchange and FCM space for over 15 years. He has served as general counsel of Eurex US and IntercontinentalExchange, as assistant general counsel for CME Group and, most recently, as general counsel and corporate secretary of R.J. O’Brien & Associates. He also sits on the advisory board of CMDirect, a web-based commodity trading platform. John Lothian News editor-at-large Doug Ashburn spoke with Falvey about the MF Global bankruptcy, the Volcker Rule, protection of segregated funds, conflicts of interest, and other compliance issues related to the Dodd-Frank Act.
As regulators, exchanges and firms comb through the mess that is MF Global, its painfully clear that this industry needs some self-examination. One of the life bloods of the futures business has come from retail and individual traders who help pump in liquidity. One may argue that some, even much of that needed speculative liquidity is now being supplanted by the proprietary trading shops and other institutional players in this space. Nonetheless, MF Global’s spectacular fall has harmed the reputation of the futures industry and produced what every good broker tries to avoid – lousy and in some cases disastrous customer experiences….
Anthony Lazzara is co-founder and principal of Lido Isle Advisors, LLC., responsible for selecting and allocating to commodity trading advisors on behalf of the company’s clients. He spoke with JLN Managed Futures editor Jim Kharouf about what he looks for in CTAs today, which sectors of CTAs are doing well in this environment and what the CTA space needs to do to expand. Disclaimer: Futures and options trading involve risk. Past results are no indication of future performance.
Jay Feuerstein is chief executive officer and chief investment officer of 2100 Xenon, the managed futures affiliate of Old Mutual Asset Management. From January through August 2011, its managed futures program was up 13.83 percent, while its Global Long/Short Fixed Income program rose 8 percent, outpacing the BarclayHedge CTA Index, down 0.51 percent through August. JLN Managed Futures editor Jim Kharouf spoke with Feuerstein about 2100 Xenon, market volatility, challenges in the CTA space and where his firm got its name. Disclaimer: Futures and options trading involve risk. Past results are no indication of future performance.