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Opalesque Futures Briefing » General 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 Do your homework before using alternative investments http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12006 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12006#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:20:03 +0000 shailaja http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=12006 The alternative investments industry has doubled in size since 2005, thanks largely to the proliferation of new products — namely, mutual funds — that have made it easier and more cost-effective for investors to gain access to the space.
This is a positive development, as it has allowed more investors to reap benefits previously reserved for institutions and high-net-worth investors, such…

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9 misconceptions about managed futures http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=5589 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=5589#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2011 14:17:58 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=5589 Managed futures claim to offer confidence, during periods of investor anxiety in the markets, and attractive returns in bull and bear markets, as well as reduce risk, by providing diversification. It sounds fantastic, unfortunately, it’s not completely true. It is time to take a closer look at the common misconceptions about managed futures and why investors should just take a…

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Dave says there is no future in futures http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=4334 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=4334#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 11:09:35 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=4334 With managed futures you’re basically betting on the future price of a commodity. What’s the price of gold, or oil, or wheat going to be somewhere down the road? You’re guessing as to what the future will bring, and managing a group of those guesses. What a joke!

People in the brokerage business represent dumb things every day. The sad thing…

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Futures and options demystified… http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=2968 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=2968#comments Wed, 15 Sep 2010 14:36:59 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=2968 From Myiris.com: Though, Futures and Options trading may not be very lucrative and advisable for everyone, especially those who are risk-averse, due to its complexity and high risk factors, it can possibly present an opportunity for some, if not many, to diversify and increase returns.
Moreover, for those of us, who are not much enlightened about how Futures and Options works,…

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Financial reform nears end http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=2483 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=2483#comments Wed, 07 Jul 2010 15:28:00 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=2483 From Futuresmag.com: When Congress announced a compromise was reached last Friday reconciling the House and Senate version of financial reform it was thought a bill could be on the President’s desk before the Fourth of July holiday but that appears less likely due to some last minute changes and the death of longtime West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd.
A last minute…

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Banks’ derivatives fears are overdone http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=2356 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=2356#comments Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:57:36 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=2356 From WSJ: Even if U.S. banks lose business to European rivals, any slimming of derivatives risk within the biggest U.S. banks could benefit taxpayers and the wider financial system. After all, the concentration of derivatives in big U.S. banks, and the interconnections they bred between institutions, was a major reason behind the government bailout of the financial system.
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High frequency trading firms eye off-exchange opportunities http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=2132 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=2132#comments Wed, 19 May 2010 11:40:15 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=2132 From Dow Jones: Executives of high-speed proprietary trading shops are chomping at the bit to break into trading on over-the-counter derivatives markets and see regulatory overhaul as providing a long-awaited opening.

A push by regulators and lawmakers to shift trade in some financial derivatives into clearinghouses and electronic trading systems could loosen the tight grip that derivatives dealer banks maintain on…

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EU keeps eye on US financial regulation bill http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=1964 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=1964#comments Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:44:05 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=1964 From AP: The European Union is hoping the financial overhaul moving through Congress will converge with EU calls for more regulation to fix the failures that led to the 2008 banking and credit crisis.

The U.S. overhaul is being welcomed by EU leaders from French President Nicolas Sarkozy to British Prime Gordon Brown, who have long argued for the need to…

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Film studios ask regulators to reject movie-futures trading http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=1760 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=1760#comments Wed, 31 Mar 2010 11:34:15 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=1760 From Businessweek.com: The Motion Picture Association of America asked regulators to reject proposals from two planned exchanges that would allow investors to trade in movie futures.

Approving movie futures contracts would be the “economic equivalent of legalized gambling,” MPAA interim Chief Executive Officer Bob Pisano said in a letter March 23 to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission………………………………Full Article: Source

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A budget that leaves commodity futures untouched http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=1490 http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=1490#comments Wed, 03 Mar 2010 15:10:21 +0000 Laxman http://www.opalesque.com/Futures_Briefing/?p=1490 From Commodityonline.com: The reactions to the second full budget presented by Pranab Mukherjee has been mixed. He has been criticised mainly for raising the excise duty on petrol and diesel that could have multiplier effects on the economy in terms of raising food inflation and general inflationary trends.
On the other hand he has been hailed for making more allocation…

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