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OptionsCity Software is a Chicago-based financial technology firm specializing in electronic trading solutions for derivatives market participants. On November 20, 2014, the company announced it had purchased  Optionshop, a provider of futures trading technology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. View page

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Simon Puleston Jones, CEO of FIA Europe – In Pursuit of Happiness

JLN Staff » 11.20.14

“Try to find someone who does things right that you really aspire to be over the course of your career.” Simon Puleston Jones, CEO of FIA Europe, gives advice for balancing personal life with career life.  Puleston Jones begins his presentation with an acronym for “DREAM”, discussing how happiness and achieving your goals is related to Diligence and drive, Relationships and recruitment, Education and ethics, Adjustments and appreciation, and Mistakes and mentors. He stresses that … Read more

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Spelling It Out: Esther Goodman’s Tips For Emerging Managers

JLN Staff » 11.17.14

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When: Wed Dec 3, 2014 to Fri Dec 5, 2014 
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When: Sun Jan 25, 2015 to Tue Jan 27, 2015 
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"After the Breach," the first annual DePaul University Cyber-risk Conference

When: Tue Dec 2, 2014
Where: DePaul Center, 1 E Jackson Blvd
Event Description: The conference is designed for decision makers directly involved in cyber-risk incident response teams, such as general counsel, CROs, CIOs, CISOs, insurance brokers and board members who can ask direct questions and receive actionable answers. The conference will offer both concrete solutions and a forum for networking. Finally, the conference will provide GARP CPE (6 credits). A buffet lunch will be provided.Early registration price is $150. Please contact us (arditti@depaul.edu) for potential partner and academic discounts. Sign up at the registration page.​​  Read More

IFM: Futures & Options/Series 3 Exam Course

When: Tue Dec 2, 2014 to Wed Dec 3, 2014 
Where: NFA Conference Room - Chicago, IL, United States
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

When: Thu Dec 4, 2014
Where: NFA Conference Room - Chicago, IL, United States
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

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