Weekly Roundup: Awards Season, Currency Wars and a Shrinking Eurozone

With the Oscars this Sunday, we’re at the height of awards season. But not just in the entertainment world. This week Markets Media held its inaugural Choice Awards honoring the best in financial markets, and we were honored to take home the award for Best Futures Exchange.  The financial markets awards season has been good to us. In addition to the Choice Award, we were also named Clearing House of the Year by Risk Magazine, Derivatives Week and Futures and Options World. It’s always an honor to be recognized in our industry, but it’s even better when the awards are based on feedback from industry peers and market participants as these were. Overall, the Choice Awards span 23 categories across exchanges, sell-side desks, institutional buy-side investors, hedge funds, and technology providers


Some additional stories worth checking out from the past week:

Bill Gross: This week’s climb in treasuries was misguided (Futures Magazine)

Is the currency war just heating up? (Yahoo Finance)

The Eurozone economy is set to shrink this year (Reuters)

Japan is set to launch a stimulus, but what will they spend it on? (Reuters)

China’s warehouses remain full of excess copper (The Wall Street Journal)

The European Commission’s plans for a transaction tax are “a masterpiece of bad design” (The Economist)

What’s happening with lumber prices (Calculated Risk)

Applying statistical analysis to Oscars predictions (FiveThirtyEight blog)

Anita Liskey is the managing director of corporate marketing and communications at CME Group.

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