Opalesque Futures Briefing » Futures and Options http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing Futures Briefing Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:09:55 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Commodities - What is an FCM? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13154 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13154#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:07:58 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13154 Futures markets are exchanges where standardized contracts trade in an open and transparent environment. One of the most important roles, when it comes to the business transacted on these exchanges, is that of the FCM. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulates FCM’s.
An FCM is a Futures Commission Merchant. An FCM is an individual or organization that solicits and/or accepts…

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MCX to introduce options trading by January http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13152 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13152#comments Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:07:31 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13152 The exchange would have liked more non-agricultural commodities to have been allowed when Sebi permitted the trading of options, says MCX CEO. Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX), India’s largest commodities bourse by turnover, plans to introduce options trading by January to boost revenue after the markets regulator permitted the trading of the derivatives at the end of last…

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Generating Alpha & Managing Beta in Global Commodity Markets http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13015 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13015#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:05:47 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=13015 Commodities have been traded by mankind since time immemorial. Legend has it that the ancient Chinese traded rice futures over 6000 years ago. The first modern organized exchanges trading commodity derivatives were launched in the 18th century in Japan.
Even if natural buyers prefer not to provide liquidity until the worst turmoil in the market ends, managed connectivity services can…

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Are Futures in Your Investing Future? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12908 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12908#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 01:32:24 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12908 Futures are a poorly understood segment of the market. At their most basic, these contracts are purchases against performance. You buy a commodity on the belief that prices will go up or purchase an ownership stake in a contract on the belief that it will get more valuable.
So, for example, I can purchase ten tons of coffee bean futures…

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The Big Boys Are Dumping Gold Futures As Rally Pauses http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12727 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12727#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 01:01:05 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12727 Big traders have been dumping gold futures recent weeks at the same time that investors who prefer exchange-traded funds are standing pat. That’s a worrisome sign for gold bulls, since they short-term momentum trends seems to have reversed.
Rebecca Cheong, head of Americas equity derivatives strategy at UBS Securities in New York, says that futures positioning tells a different story. She…

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The Best and Worst of Futures Markets in 2015 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12238 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12238#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 00:25:01 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12238 The biggest question we face going into 2016 is how much longer can this downtrend in the commodity markets last? Not many people would have told you that Crude would have continued to lose an additional 30% in 2015 after losing 45% in 2014. Will metals continue to hit new multi-year lows? Is El Nino going to hurt or help…

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Why Can’t I Trade Chinese Stock Futures? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11729 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11729#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:01:50 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11729 While we’ve all been setting our DVRs to record the Bachelorette, there’s been a bit of a blood bath going on over in China. A $3.2 Trillion loss in value blood bath. This is just the type of outlier move managed futures would love, but there’s not one fund we’ve heard of that’s making hay on the drop. Bill Gross…

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August launch for GMEX swap future http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11710 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11710#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:53:18 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11710 Start-up exchange GMEX will launch its Constant Maturity Future for hedging and trading interest rate exposure on August 7, introducing the latest new derivatives product to target a shift towards centralised clearing. The euro-denominated hybrid contract offers trading across the entire euro interest rate curve from two to 30 years and will be available for trading and clearing over the…

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What are Eurodollar futures? http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11642 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11642#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:32:16 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11642 When our clients see Eurodollars futures being traded in their CTA accounts, they sometimes think that it is the Euro/USD currency pair. Eurodollars actually have nothing to do with Europe’s currency. Eurodollars are interest bearing bank deposits denominated in US Dollars and held at banks outside of the United States. Since these bank deposits are held outside the U.S., they…

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Derivatives: End users give pre-launch boost to GMEX swap future http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11444 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11444#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 01:37:05 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=11444 A new breed of hybrid product that brings over-the-counter interest rate swap economics into the more capital efficient world of listed derivatives is set to go live at the end of July and is already generating support from end users. Start-up exchange, GMEX, is currently putting the finishing touches to its euro-denominated Interest Rate Swap Index Average Constant Maturity Futures…

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