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March 12, 2012
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  Farewell from Boca 2012 
  • A Greeting from FIA President John Damgard
    FIA President John Damgard
    In this special report you will find highlights from the agenda for our upcoming International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, Fla. This is the 37th year that we have held this conference, and as always we have many timely topics on the agenda, including the default of MF Global, the implementation of Dodd-Frank, advances in OTC derivatives trading and clearing, risk controls in electronic markets, and many more. We are looking forward to a very good turnout this year, with more than 900 attendees from more than 30 countries. As always, I thank our sponsors and exhibitors for generously supporting this event and providing us with an excellent opportunity to discuss the many important trends that are sweeping over our industry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Featured Speakers 
  • CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler
    CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler
    Now in his third year as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Gary Gensler is responsible for implementing a large part of the derivatives reforms mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Gensler also is actively engaged in dialogue with his international counterparts regarding the coordination of the G-20 reforms for derivatives markets, and recently he met with policymakers at the European Commission in Brussels and the Financial Stability Board in Switzerland. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas
    Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas
    Rep. Mike Conaway sits on the House Agriculture, Intelligence, Armed Services, and Ethics committees. He serves as chairman of the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, which oversees the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and its implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. He is the lead sponsor of H.R. 1840, a bill to improve consideration by the CFTC of the costs and benefits of its regulations and orders. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Washington Outlook Breakfast: Charlie Cook
    Charlie Cook
    Charlie Cook is publisher of The Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, where he writes weekly for National Journal magazine and CongressDailyAM. He also writes a regular column for Washington Quarterly, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and he is a political analyst for NBC News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Panel Discussions 
  • Exchange Leaders Meet the Press
    In recognition of the U.S. election in 2012, we've chosen a debate format to present the views of our exchange leaders. Join the action as a panel of journalists poses questions to executives from CME, Eurex, HKEx, ICE, NYSE Liffe and SGX. They will seek opinions on the news of the day and challenge the responses. Learn more about this panel. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MF Global: The Default of a Global Clearing Member
    The default of MF Global has become a central focus for legislators, regulators and the industry itself. This session will discuss the current understanding of what happened; the decision to move the firm into bankruptcy and the process for doing so; transfer vs. liquidation of customer positions; the roles of regulators, self-regulators and custody banks; international implications; lessons learned; and the regulatory and congressional response. Learn more about this panel. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Global Financial Reform
    Incoming FIA President Walt Lukken will moderate a discussion with regulators from the U.S. and Europe on the latest developments in their jurisdictions on topics such as moving OTC products onto execution and clearing platforms, protection and investment of customer funds, position limits and issues surrounding market quality. Learn more about this panel. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The Evolution of Commodity Markets
    Over the past decade, the markets for commodity futures have changed in fundamental ways. Electronic trading has revolutionized the execution process, billions of dollars have been invested by new participants such as pension funds, and the use of central clearing has surged as market participants sought to reduce counterparty risk. This panel will discuss these trends and how they have affected the price-discovery and risk-transfer functions of these markets. Learn more about this panel. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blueprint for OTC Execution and Clearing
    The derivatives industry faces an enormous challenge to bring over-the-counter products onto execution platforms and into CCPs. How are OTC products different from futures? Why won't the same systems and processes work? How can the model be constructed to give certainty to clients that trades will be cleared? Where are the sticking points? A panel of experts from BlackRock, Citi, Credit Suisse, ICE Clear Credit, MarketAxess, PIMCO and UBS will discuss the challenges ahead. Learn more about this panel. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2012 Preview: What's Next for Equity Options Markets?
    Senior executives from six U.S. options exchanges will discuss a host of topics, including new exchange initiatives, growth opportunities in the options space, the regulatory environment of the future and the impact of market data on the option exchanges. Will record volume continue? What are our panelists' predictions for the future? Learn more about this panel. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Risk Controls for Electronic Markets
    The latest in a series of recommendations by FIA working groups will be presented at Boca: order-handling best practices for executing brokers and an expansion of risk controls for trading firms. Order-handling best practices covers processes executing brokers should have in place to manage electronic trading risks from clients using the broker's trading infrastructure. The expansion of "Risk Controls for Trading Firms" includes software-development and change-management practices designed to prevent unintended impacts on the marketplace. Learn more about this panel. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  More Resources 
  Upcoming Events 
Register now to attend these critical industry events in 2012
L&C 2012 -- 34th Annual Law & Compliance Division Conference on the Regulation of Futures, Derivatives and OTC Products
May 9 to 11

NY Expo
May 17
New York Marriott Marquis

IDX 2012: 5th Annual FIA/FOA International Derivatives Expo
June 26 and 27
The Brewery, London

FIA/IFM Turkish Derivatives Conference
Oct. 1 and 2
Swissôtel | The Bosphorus, Istanbul

FIA Expo 2012 -- 28th Annual Futures & Options Expo
Oct. 30 to Nov. 1
Hilton Chicago

8th Annual FIA Asia Derivatives Conference
Nov. 28 to 30
St. Regis Singapore
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