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15 Top Traders Round Table with Jennifer Sunu, Arthur Bell and JP Bruynes – 2of2

“I think the flat fee is market-driven, and the trader is still going to try to do the best they can because they want performance to attract more capital.” - Arthur Bell (Tweet)

Welcome to Top Traders Round Table, a podcast series on managed futures brought to you by CME Group where I continue my conversation with Jennifer Sunu, who is the director of compliance at the NFA, Arthur Bell, CPA and managing member of Bell Tower LLC, and JP Bruynes, who is a partner at the law firm Akin Gump.

Listen in to today's episode as we focus on how regulators are helping and sometimes hurting managers and clients, the importance of cyber security as a CTA, the way that cryptocurrencies have changed the way we trade, some of the best things that have happened to managed futures over the last twenty years, and how the market has been affected.

In This Episode, You'll Learn:

  • The dangers of over-regulation

“There are certain areas where I know we have increased the regulatory burden over the years, but we really try and balance that with the needs of the customer.” - Jennifer Sunu (Tweet)

  • What we can learn from blow-ups at the manager level and how to avoid them in the future
  • Why investors need to do their due diligence to avoid fraud
  • What the NFA considers in reviewing educational and promotional materials
  • How to ensure your promotional material is meeting NFA guidelines

“The CFTC has taken the position that cryptocurrencies are commodities, and that position has been affirmed by the 2nd district court here in New York.” - JP Bruynes (Tweet)

  • Why pundits on news shows are allowed to make predictions on markets that may be just an educated guess
  • The importance of cyber security and how to you can protect yourself
  • What impact cryptocurrencies may have on futures markets
  • How regulators are working to help clients avoid unrealistic expectations in cryptocurrencies

“It's hard to find a CTA today that only trades commodities.” - Arthur Bell (Tweet)

  • The best things that have happened to managed futures in the last twenty years
  • What has changed regarding the Volcker rule in the past few years
  • How flat fee products are changing the industry
  • Why we need to worry about the "race to zero"

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Learn more about Jennifer Sunu and the National Futures Association

Learn more about Arthur Bell and Bell Tower LLC

Learn more about JP Bruynes and Akin Gump

“The manager doesn't have to sell [investors on cryptocurrency], all they have to do is point them to the newspaper where it shows these very extreme growths in value, and then people want to jump in on it, not realzing what they're really getting into.” - Arthur Bell (Tweet)

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