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December 26, 2012
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  • ICE's Sprecher offers his perspective on trading practices
    Jeffrey Sprecher, chairman and CEO of IntercontinentalExchange, shares his views on the industry, including expectations for changes. Sprecher says he doesn't support paying incentives to attract traders to stock exchanges, and that he disagrees with dispersion of trading across scores of exchanges and private markets, two common industry practices. The Wall Street Journal (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory Roundup 
  • Real-time trading data is coming to SEC
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is testing the software for a system that will give it its first direct access to real-time data on what's going on in the U.S. securities markets. The technology, which will cost the regulator about $2.5 million for the first year, is scheduled to go into full operation early in 2013. The Washington Post (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Developments 
  • NYSE is sued by pension fund over $8.2B ICE deal
    The New Jersey Carpenters Pension Fund filed a lawsuit against NYSE Euronext saying its $8.2 billion deal with IntercontinentalExchange undervalues NYSE stock. The complaint filed in New York State Supreme Court asks the court to block the sale and seeks class action status on behalf of other NYSE Euronext shareholders. Reuters (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rapeseed futures are OK'd in China
    The China Securities Regulatory Commission has approved the Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange's plans for futures contracts in rapeseed and rapeseed meal, which are used to produce vegetable oil and biodiesel fuel. Reuters (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Snow futures in the forecast
    The CME Snowfall Index offers average monthly snowfall information in the U.S., so those who want to trade snowfall futures can get an idea of weather patterns. Snowfall products consist of six contracts in 10 locations, and this feature discusses the differences between the all-inclusive model and binary options. "The contracts have received more exposure in the last couple of years, and we've seen interest ranging from municipalities to snow-removal companies, ski resorts, outdoor-equipment suppliers and salt companies," says Heidi Centola, manager of weather and alternative-investment products at CME Group. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Electronic Trading News 
  • Editorial: Study offers insight into high-frequency trading
    A study led by the chief economist at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission leaves some questions unanswered, this editorial argues while wondering why the Securities and Exchange Commission has not investigated high-frequency trading more thoroughly. Bloomberg (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Commodities and Managed Futures 
  • SEC to rule on BlackRock copper ETF by Feb. 22
    The Securities and Exchange Commission says it will rule by Feb. 22 on BlackRock's iShares Copper Trust, an exchange-traded fund supported by physical metal. Last week, the SEC approved a JPMorgan Chase fund. Reuters (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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