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ICI, Chamber appeal CFTC mutual fund rule

December 28, 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is seeking to appeal a judge's decision to uphold a rule by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission requiring mutual funds with commodities investments to register with the agency. The Chamber of Commerce and the...

IntercontinentalExchange to acquire NYSE Euronext

December 20, 2012

IntercontinentalExchange Inc., the 12-year-old energy and commodity futures bourse, agreed to acquire NYSE Euronext (NYX) for cash and stock worth $8.2 billion, moving to take control of the world's biggest equities market. Proposing to combine...

Why all the fear about the stock market?

December 19, 2012

One need only look at the steady pace of outflows from equity mutual funds over the past few years to recognize that financial advisers must be longing for a better strategy for keeping investors in the markets. Evidence of investor fear is...

Advisers feeling more secure about unsecured notes

December 13, 2012

If the Fed's ongoing low-interest-rate policy has accomplished nothing else, it has at least given the structured products industry some new talking points for financial advisers and their clients. Apparently, the unsecured debt instruments...

Managed futures fund finds a way to hide some fees

November 19, 2012

The $126 million Grant Park Managed Futures Fund (GPFAX) has changed the way it invests, allowing it to stop disclosing certain fees and show a lower expense ratio. Through a regulatory loophole, the fund's investment adviser, Knollwood Investment...

Giving up possible upside but getting more-predictable income

November 12, 2012

The latest offering from RiverNorth Capital Management LLC will give up some of the market's potential upside in exchange for more-predictable income. The strategy employed by the RiverNorth Dynamic Buy-Write Fund Ticker:(RNBWX) could be ideal...

SSgA skips commodities in new managed-futures fund

September 25, 2012

State Street Global Advisors is preparing to launch a commodities-free managed-futures fund that will invest in equity, fixed-income and currency futures. Managed-futures funds typically come in two flavors, those that invest only in commodities...

Who needs CDS? ETFs can do the job now

September 18, 2012

Exchange-traded funds are poised to overtake credit derivatives by year-end as a way to speculate on junk bonds. The value of corporate securities held by the five-largest junk ETFs almost doubled in the past year to a record $31.4 billion,...

How to sell complex financial products in a hostile environment

September 11, 2012

Given the current difficult and unpredictable conditions in U.S. and global financial markets, securities broker-dealers and their registered representatives often turn to complex financial products in an attempt to meet their clients' investment...

Debacle at PFGBest is worst nightmare for client

July 15, 2012

The calls started coming in at about 2 p.m. last Monday, said Lauren Nelson, communications director for Attain Capital Management LLC, a small introducing broker that specializes in managed futures. Friends and industry members wanted to know...

Ex-JPMorgan exec made killing off whale of a mistake

July 3, 2012

Andrew Feldstein, who bet against JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) before helping the bank unwind more than $20 billion of trades, has emerged as one of the biggest winners among hedge-fund managers profiting from a flawed strategy. The $4.3 billion...

Don't overlook lagging managed futures as a risk hedge

June 22, 2012

Managed-futures strategies haven't been hot performers for at least two years, but asset flows and investor interest suggests the strategy is being viewed as a solid hedge against risk. “Managed-futures funds were negative last year and they're...

GOP in a box after JPMorgan botch

May 16, 2012

While Republicans dodge the fallout of the $2 billion trading loss announced by JPMorgan Chase & Co. last week, Democrats have been swiftly taking advantage of the opportunity to promote strong implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform...

OX gored as SEC goes after business bought by Schwab

April 20, 2012

A specialty options business bought by The Charles Schwab Corp. last year has run afoul of the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly violating the registration provisions of securities laws. In an administrative order filed Thursday,...

Pimco: Finding opportunities in options

March 13, 2012

The following is excerpted from commentary provided by Pimco. To read the full version of this piece, click here. We continue to see opportunities in today’s options market. Not only is there ample room to express views on volatility, but...

Managed futures' performance fees lurk in loophole

February 26, 2012

Mutual funds aren't allowed to charge hedge-fund-style performance fees, but some managed-futures funds are taking advantage of a loophole. Because managed-futures funds that use multiple hedge fund managers do so through offshore entities,...

Options traders hit up TD for $8.2M in losses

January 15, 2012

TD Ameritrade Inc. has been hit with an $8.2 million arbitration claim by a group of options traders who say that they lost money last summer during the final integration of the thinkorswim trading platform. The arbitration, filed late last...

Thinkorswim users hit TD Ameritrade with hefty arbitration claim

January 10, 2012

TD Ameritrade Inc. has been hit with an $8 million arbitration claim by a group of options traders who say they lost money last summer during final integration of the thinkorswim trading platform. The arbitration, filed late last month by two...

Options trading like 'crack cocaine for brokerages,' say critics

November 30, 2011

Glyn O'Connell is the kind of customer online brokerage firms like TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (AMTD) and Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW) want. “I've spent more than $10,000 in commissions in past years,” said O'Connell, a TD Ameritrade customer...

TD: Not all going swimmingly at Thinkorswim

August 21, 2011

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. said last week that some of its clients experienced issues with electronic trades after the company integrated its Thinkorswim options broker the previous weekend. “In general, the integration has gone well, with...

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