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CME Group fends off complaints over higher fees
Reuters
CME Group Inc , the world's largest futures exchange operator, is facing mounting criticism from brokers over fee increases that are set to raise costs for futures customers. CME, which owns the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and others, has been meeting constantly with brokers upset over adjustments to transaction and market-data fees that were announced in November, Executive Chairman Terrence Duffy told Reuters recently.
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Will The Year of the Horse bring good fortune?
CFA Chicago
Join CFA Chicago on Tuesday, April 29 from 12 - 1 p.m. for the Distinguished Speaker Series featuring David Rosenberg, Chief Economist and Strategist for Gluskin Sheff and Associates. Fees for members are $45 dollars, the student-members fee is $10, and non-members are welcome to join for $55. This series also qualifies for credit under the guidelines for the CFA Institute Professional Development Program.
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Insights with a Fed insider
CFA Chicago
Diane Swonk, Chief Economist at Mesirow Financial, is one of the most respected economists in the world and among the most quoted in the financial press. In addition, as advisor to the Federal Reserve Board and regional Reserve Banks, she is a Fed insider who can offer valuable insights on FOMC decisions, as well as economic trends. Join CFA on March 26 at 12 p.m. at The Chicago Club for the Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Diane Swonk.
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Back to the basics — calculating cash flow and merger modeling
CFA Chicago
Join CFA Chicago on Tuesday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Standard Club to have all of your questions answered about deal structuring and merger modeling. Not only will you learn how mergers and acquisitions are structured, attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on learning and will build dynamic models for different transaction structures. The course will also cover due diligence and legal issues, common structural issues, crucial merger consequence analysis and detailed analysis of transaction case studies.
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Inconsistent liquidity and confounding market moves: The US bond market bayou
CFA Institute's Enterprising Investor
For decades, U.S. municipal bonds were perceived as a relatively low-risk, buy-and-hold investment for individual investors drawn to the tax-free income stream they provided. Defaults in the market were rare — less than fifty between 1970 and 2007 — and while occasional high-profile fiascoes occurred from time to time, like the $2.2 billion “whoops!” default of the Washington Public Power Supply System in 1983 and the 1994 derivative-driven bankruptcy of Orange County, Calif., these were exceptional cases in a market that has now grown to $3.7 trillion in outstanding issuance.
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Chicago's 1871 to launch FEMtech startup incubator to support female entrepreneurs
Tech Cocktail Chicago
Chicago’s 1871 announced that it plans to launch 1871 FEMtech, an incubator specifically created to support women entrepreneurs and to grow the number of female-owned startups. The incubator is another program backed by Google for Entrepreneurs’ #40Forward campaign, an initiative that involves funding 40 organizations to help increase the presence of women entrepreneurs in the tech industry. The project is also backed by the Lefkofsky Family Foundation — founded by Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky — and Motorola Mobility.
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Investors are shifting their approach to emerging markets
Pesnions & Investments
Just as institutional investors are viewing emerging markets as a mainstream, must-have part of an investment portfolio, the chairman and CEO of the world's largest money manager thinks the term will soon cease to be relevant. “We talk about emerging markets as if they are one compatible, cohesive market — but within emerging markets we have some very good examples of well-run countries, and we have some real garbage,” said Laurence D. Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock Inc., New York, which has $4.3 trillion under management.
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Despite bond rating drop, demand high for Chicago bonds
Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago has tested the bond market for the first time since its bond rating dropped four notches — and passed more easily and at less cost than anticipated. In fact, the demand for Chicago’s general obligation bonds was so robust and interest rates so unexpectedly favorable, Chief Financial Officer Lois Scott made what she called a “game-time decision” to sell $884 million in bonds all at once.
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New Guru ETFs go global
The Street
Building on the success of the Global X Guru ETF (GURU) which employs a hedge fund replication strategy based on 13F filings the ETF provider is rolling out two new funds that will pursue a similar strategy in other segments of the equity market. ETF investors will want to pay attention to the new funds following GURU's success so far. Since its inception almost two years GURU is up 62 percent compared to 46 percent for the S&P 500. The obvious knock on the strategy is that the funds invest based on stale data from SEC filings that may not represent the actual holdings by the time the 13F filings have been made public.
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CBOE plans nearly non-stop VIX futures trading this year
Reuters
CBOE Holdings Inc , operator of the largest options exchange by trading volume, will implement nearly non-stop trading for futures on the its Volatility Index by the end of the year to capture more Asian trading, its chief executive said recently. The index, also known as the VIX, is a widely followed gauge that measures investor sentiment. CBOE, operator of the CBOE Futures Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange, will expand trading in VIX futures to 23 hours and 45 minutes a day, five days a week, from 14 hours a day, CEO Ed Tilly said at a futures conference in Florida.
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The easiest way to profit from the 'options boom'
NASDAQ
One of the few certainties in the market is that investors will always search for new ways to profit. And there is one strategy that continues to gain popularity. That's because it enables investors to make money regardless if stocks go up or down. It also provides the potential for investors to score big gains with very little risk. We're talking about options. In response to market volatility and uncertainty in the past four years, options strategies continue to gain popularity with both institutional and individual investors.
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Chicago pension evokes Illinois before python slain: Muni credit
Bloomberg Businessweek
Squeezy the Pension Python has slithered north to Chicago. The cartoon snake, which Illinois Governor Pat Quinn used to symbolize retiree costs that are strangling the state’s finances and undermining its credit rating, is now smothering Chicago. The third-most-populous U.S. city had its general-obligation grade cut by Moody’s Investors Service to three levels above junk. Excluding bankrupt Detroit and Stockton, California, that’s the lowest among the 90 biggest U.S. cities, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
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Will Obama's nominee as next commodities cop play it tough?
The Associated Press via Crain's Chicago Business
When President Barack Obama's choice to head an agency that oversees some of the riskiest corners of the financial world faces senators, one question could dominate Will he be as aggressive as his predecessor in holding big Wall Street banks to stricter standards?

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Rosenberg's forte for forecasting
CFA Chicago
Join CFA Chicago on Tuesday, April 29 from 12 - 1 p.m. for the Distinguished Speaker Series featuring David Rosenberg, Chief Economist and Strategist for Gluskin Sheff and Associates. Fees for members are $45 dollars, the student-members fee is $10, and non-members are welcome to join for $55.

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How safe are your investments, really?
The Wall Street Journal
Money managers point to historical data going back to the 1920s to show that in the past stocks have produced total returns of about 10 percent a year over the long term and bonds, about 5 percent mdash; meaning a standard "balanced" portfolio of 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds would earn just over 8 percent a year.

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