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The Santa Claus Rally is a term used to describe the last trading days of the year and the first two of the new year. And yes, Virginia, it is real. The period is defined by the Stock Trader's Almanac and Yale Hirsch, who created it in 1972.

In 2914, an end-of-year rally in U.S. equities was temporarily reversed between December 8 and December 16, but after the Federal Reserve calmed the markets with talk of patience concerning rate hikes, the Santa Claus Rally continued in earnest, with new record highs being reached each day during Christmas week.

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John Lothian News Features

Your Holiday Viewing/Reading List

Doug Ashburn » 12.24.14
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The staff of John Lothian News would like to thank all of you, our subscribers, for allowing our publications to grace your inbox this past year. Wishing you peace and joy in 2015 and beyond. As a reminder, we will be publishing the John Lothian Newsletter between Christmas and New Year’s Day, but our other newsletters – JLN Options, JLN Financials, JLN Environment/Energy and JLN Managed Futures, will be on hiatus until January 5, 2015. … Read more

SEFCON Snapshot 2014, Part III: The New Market Structure

Doug Ashburn » 12.22.14

SEFCON Snapshot 2014, Part II: Cross-Border Issues

Doug Ashburn » 12.18.14

Chris Hehmeyer, managing member, HTG Capital Partners – Why Cereal Might Be Cheaper On Mondays At 8 AM

JLN Staff » 12.18.14

The Road Ahead: Donohue Leads OCC In A New And Pricier Era

Sarah Rudolph » 12.16.14

Ray Cahnman, chairman, Transmarket Group – Me, Us & You: How Trading Works

JLN Staff » 12.16.14

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CMC State of the Industry 2015

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IFM: Futures & Options/Series 3 Exam Course

When: Tue Jan 13, 2015 to Wed Jan 14, 2015 
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Event Description: Offered by the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM), a non-partisan, nonprofit educational foundation, this two-day program provides a foundation in the fundamentals of futures and options market theory and practice. The course covers from the market knowledge topics such as trading theory and functions; margins, offset, settlement, delivery; option premiums, exercise, assignment and settlement: orders; hedging; spreading; strategies and calculations, and more. The course includes two must-read books - Futures and Options and the Guide to U.S. Futures Regulation - and PassMaster, a Web-based tutorial with unlimited practice tests for attendees who plan to take the Series 3 exam. $625 Early-bird bird ends 4 weeks prior to course date | $675 Standard registration  Read More

IFM: Making Sense of Cleared Swaps

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Event Description: Offered by the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM), a non-partisan, nonprofit educational foundation, this one-day course is designed to introduce swaps and the key features and characteristics of these contracts. The educational program explores the world of swaps by taking a closer look at two of the most popular swaps— interest rate swaps (IRS) and credit default swaps (CDS) — and how financial institutions and corporates use swaps in their portfolio management strategies. In addition, the program looks at how swaps differ from listed derivatives and the changing landscape with a migration to the CCP model.This course is recognized by GARP and valid for 6.5 credits. $495 Early-bird | $550 Standard registration Read More

IFM: Lifecycle of a Derivative Trade: Uncovering the Middle- and Back-Office Functions

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Event Description: Offered by the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM), a non-partisan, nonprofit educational foundation, this one-day course takes you "behind the scenes" to explore how brokers and investors on the buy-side and sell-side of the industry perform these functions for both listed and OTC derivatives. Participants will explore the functional building blocks of middle and back office operations that support trade lifecycle activity, from the inception of an order or request for quote (RFQ) through clearance and settlement of payments. The infrastructure or "plumbing" that links together these functions, and the points of failure representing operational risk will be highlighted throughout the program. Particular attention is paid to the lifecycle of both a cleared and uncleared swap. $595 Early-bird bird ends 4 weeks prior to course date | $650 Standard registration  Read More

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