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News Article | May 18, 2017
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CBOE Holdings, Inc. (BATS: CBOE | NASDAQ: CBOE), owner of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Bats exchanges, CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries, is one of the world's largest exchange holding companies and a leader in providing global investors cutting-edge trading and investment solutions. The company offers trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and multi-asset volatility and global foreign exchange (FX) products.  CBOE Holdings' 14 trading venues include the largest options exchange in the U.S. and the largest stock exchange in Europe, and the company is the second-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S. and a leading market globally for ETF trading. CBOE Holdings is home to the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index), the world's barometer for equity market volatility; the CBOE Options Institute, the company's world-renowned education arm; CBOE Livevol, a leading provider of options technology, trading analytics and market data services; CBOE Vest, an asset management company specializing in target-outcome investment strategies; CBOE Risk Management Conferences (RMC), the premier financial industry forums on derivatives and volatility products; ETF.com, a leading provider of ETF news, data and analysis; and Hotspot, a leading platform for global FX trading. The company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Kansas City, New York, London, San Francisco, Singapore and Ecuador.  For more information, visit www.cboe.com. CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CFE®, BATS®, Livevol®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are US registered trademarks, and CBOE Futures ExchangeSM,  CBOE VestSM and CBOE Options InstituteSM are service marks of CBOE Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries.  All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cboe-holdings-declares-second-quarter-2017-dividend-300460437.html


SEC Whistleblower Program: Tips from SEC Whistleblower Attorneys to Maximize an SEC Whistleblower Award is authored by Jason Zuckerman and Matthew Stock.  Zuckerman is a leading whistleblower lawyer whose cases have set precedent under various whistleblower protection laws.  He served as Senior Legal Advisor to the Special Counsel at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the federal agency charged with protecting whistleblowers, and served on the DOL's Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee.  Stock is a licensed CPA, CFE, and former external auditor who has extensive experience representing whistleblowers under the SEC and IRS Whistleblower Programs. The whistleblower lawyers at Zuckerman Law have successfully represented whistleblowers before the SEC and in Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation cases.  The firm routinely works with whistleblowers nationwide and aboard to investigate and report a wide variety of fraudulent schemes, including: In the new eBook, the whistleblower lawyers at Zuckerman Law share their experience gained from representing whistleblowers before the SEC and offer tips to help whistleblowers obtain and maximize an SEC whistleblower award. Click here to download your free copy of the SEC Whistleblower Program: Tips from SEC Whistleblower Attorneys to Maximize an SEC Whistleblower Award. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sec-whistleblower-attorneys-release-ebook-sec-whistleblower-program-tips-from-sec-whistleblower-attorneys-to-maximize-an-sec-whistleblower-award-300460397.html


News Article | May 18, 2017
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Additional information about each of the matters acted upon by shareholders at the Annual Meeting is in the proxy statement that was furnished to shareholders in connection with the meeting.  The proxy statement is also available in the Investor Relations section of www.cboe.com.  The vote totals for the matters acted upon by shareholders at the Annual Meeting will be reported in a current report on Form 8-K filing with the SEC and posted on http://ir.cboe.com. CBOE Holdings, Inc. (BATS: CBOE | NASDAQ: CBOE), owner of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Bats exchanges, CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries, is one of the world's largest exchange holding companies and a leader in providing global investors cutting-edge trading and investment solutions. The company offers trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and multi-asset volatility and global foreign exchange (FX) products.  CBOE Holdings' 14 trading venues include the largest options exchange in the U.S. and the largest stock exchange in Europe, and the company is the second-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S. and a leading market globally for ETF trading. CBOE Holdings is home to the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index), the world's barometer for equity market volatility; the CBOE Options Institute, the company's world-renowned education arm; CBOE Livevol, a leading provider of options technology, trading analytics and market data services; CBOE Vest, an asset management company specializing in target-outcome investment strategies; CBOE Risk Management Conferences (RMC), the premier financial industry forums on derivatives and volatility products; ETF.com, a leading provider of ETF news, data and analysis; and Hotspot, a leading platform for global FX trading. The company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Kansas City, New York, London, San Francisco, Singapore and Ecuador.  For more information, visit www.cboe.com. CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CFE®, BATS®, Livevol®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are registered trademarks, and CBOE Futures ExchangeSM, CBOE VestSM and CBOE Options InstituteSM are service marks of CBOE Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cboe-holdings-announces-2017-annual-meeting-results-300460302.html


New Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE multifunction devices now equipped with serverless delivery platform to reduce infrastructure costs and reinforce higher document security SINGAPORE--(Marketwired - May 18, 2017) - With the goal of enabling small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to achieve higher productivity with advanced and secure work processes made simple, Canon today announced the launch of the new imageRUNNER ADVANCE (iR-ADV) C355i, C3500i and 4500i series of multifunction devices (MFDs) integrated with uniFLOW online, a secure cloud print management software. Launched at the Canon Think Big Leadership Business Series 2017, the event was graced by Ms. Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Trade and Industry. Addressing the recommendations made by the Committee on The Future Economy (CFE), Ms. Sim Ann spoke about the strategies to support the transformation of SMEs while enabling local businesses to build deep capabilities and stay relevant in the global economy. In alignment with this, the award-winning iR-ADV line was designed to address the concerns of onsite server maintenance and document management security in the cloud platform amongst SMEs. Built to raise the bar of document management solutions by offering a user-friendly platform that maximises cost saving, the new imageRUNNER ADVANCE series enables SMEs to manage their print and document solution environment securely while dispensing with local servers. "Canon understands that small and medium-sized enterprises often seek a fine balance between security, flexibility for scalability and costs," said Mr. Vincent Low, Director and General Manager, Business Imaging Solutions, Canon Singapore. "With this integration, the new imageRUNNER ADVANCE offers innovative document management solutions that enables our customers to achieve a high-level of security without the costs and commitment to server infrastructure." Security made easy With the uniFLOW Online solution, users may print, scan and send confidential documents with the iR-ADV MFDs while being assured that sensitive information will not stray beyond intended recipients. Secure print jobs stay within the enterprise local network and are released only upon authentication. Maximise Control with Cloud The versatility of the new solution on the iR-ADV MFDs enables collection of usage statistics to take place at the cloud level. Administrators will be able to review the usage associated with printing, copying and scanning anytime, anywhere, as long as they have access to the URL. The reporting capabilities ensure easy tracking of usage for accurate cost allocations by user groups and help organisations monitor print volume to address corporate sustainability goals. High degree of flexibility Where mobility and adaptability are integral to supporting a competitive workforce, the new iR-ADV MFDs offers a fluid and mobile printing solution. Users may exercise flexibility in fulfilling their document management needs from compatible devices and even modify document output finishing options before the print job is released. In combination with the other security features such as the standard Hard Disk Drive (HDD) encryption function on the new generation iR-ADV platform, Canon's full range of iR-ADV multifunction devices empowers SMEs with the assurance of security while realising higher efficiencies in workflows and high-quality print output. Availability The iR-ADV C355i, C3500i and 4500i series with uniFLOW Online are now available from Canon Singapore and at all Canon authorised imaging solution partners. Appendix The new Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE line was launched at the Canon Think Big Leadership Business Series 2017. Held at the Marina Mandarin Hotel and co-organised by The Business Times, the convention hosted a panel of expert speakers who unpacked some of the recent strategies announced by the Committee on the Future Economy, and provided insights on how to apply them on the go. For more information on the innovative features on the latest additions to the new iR-ADV series, please refer to the enclosed appendix A. About Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. Canon is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is the headquarters for South & Southeast Asia driving sales, marketing and service strategies. Besides handling the domestic market, the company covers 22 other regions including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The parent company Canon Inc. has a global network of close to 300 companies and employs close to 200,000 people worldwide. It is dedicated to the advancement in technology and innovation and commits more than 8% of its total revenue each year to R&D. Canon is consistently one of the top few companies to earn the most number of patents over the last 20 years. As a Fortune Global 500 company, Canon is guided by its kyosei philosophy that focuses on living and working together for the common good. More information is available at www.canon.com.sg. Canon completes its award-winning New Generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE Generation 3 line-up with the addition of three new series The new iR-ADV line offers a user-centric and personalised platform designed to enable greater workplace productivity in today's offices SINGAPORE Canon today marked the completion of its imageRUNNER ADVANCE (iR-ADV) new generation line-up with the launch of iR-ADV C355i, iR-ADV C3500i and iR-ADV 4500i series. The new additions aim to deliver exceptional user experience not only to the end users, but also to the administrators. Combining intuitive usability and excellent connectivity with seamless operability, the latest multi-function devices (MFDs) are set to become an integral part of today's complex office eco-system. "The modern office environment requires smart office solutions to drive productivity in workflows and connectivity for the mobile workforce while ensuring a high level of document security," said Vincent Low, Director and General Manager, Business Imaging Solutions, Canon Singapore. "The latest iR-ADV series feature innovative functionalities that complement the current and future needs of today's work environments, while ensuring that the user experience remains seamless with possibilities for the personalisation of individual workflows." Intuitive user experience optimises workflow efficiencies The new iR-ADV series offer an intuitive user experience with familiar smartphone-like navigation such as swiping and pinching for simple steering across the local user interface. Besides intuitive operation, the usability of the MFDs is enhanced with My ADVANCE that enables the personalisation of settings and workflows. Designed to streamline workflows and take into account the nature of tasks, users can customise display language, initial display screen, frequently-used settings, address lists and more to suit their preferences. Users can benefit from the same level of customisation via My ADVANCE Synchronisation, where personal settings are synchronised automatically amongst a fleet of up to ten different Generation 3 devices in a networked environment for improved efficiencies. Seamless connectivity ideal for the new age offices Modern workflows require connection to varied external sources and functions in a flexible manner to suit today's on-the-move workforce. The new iR-ADV series fulfills the requirements of such agile working environments by supporting a wide range of mobile document handling applications such as Apple® AirPrint®, Google Cloud Print and MOPRIA™, as well as Canon PRINT Business. The seamless mobile connectivity allows users to execute critical tasks efficiently, and transfer documents anywhere, anytime, via their connected smart devices. Intelligent fleet management raises operational productivity The latest iR-ADV series provides valuable resource optimisation features through its many device management capabilities targeted at boosting the efficiencies of administrators. Administrators can easily retrieve usage reports for tracking and cost controlling, as well as manage different levels of device access for personnel, including guest and temporary users. Other time-saving capabilities include quick installing during device relocation or new fleet deployment, and the ease of providing remote troubleshooting at any time. Key product specifications iR-ADV C355i - Printable up to A4 in colour and monochrome - Available in 35 pages per minute iR-ADV C3500i - Printable up to A3 in colour and monochrome - Available in 30 / 25 / 20 pages per minute iR-ADV 4500i - Printable up to A3 in monochrome - Available in 51 / 45 / 35 / 25 pages per minute


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

"Thanks to the hard work of our many partners, today's national Bank On Conference is filled with exciting progress and a truly committed, multi-sector banking access community," said Jonathan Mintz, President and CEO, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund. "More and more financial institutions are now offering accounts certified as meeting Bank On National Account Standards, we're making enormous strides on constructive approaches to both data reporting and banking connectivity strategies, and local leaders are redoubling their successful approaches to vibrant coalitions." "Bank On National Account Standards have been a game changer, thanks to the CFE Fund's leadership," said Naomi Camper, Head of Nonprofit Engagement at JPMorgan Chase, Bank On's seed funder. "JPMorgan Chase is proud to partner with CFE Fund to build the capacity of local governments and nonprofits to work with banks to promote asset building and financial empowerment." "We're committed to supporting the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund and its ongoing efforts to provide access to responsible financial products and solutions for families across the U.S.," said Angie Lathrop, Community Affairs executive, Bank of America and Bank On programmatic supporter. "Connecting people and communities to financial resources is an important part of building financial security to plan for a more stable future." "At Wells Fargo, we share the CFE Fund's commitment to strengthening the economic viability of our communities, and to offering accounts and services that meet the financial needs of the underserved," said Mike Rizer, director of Community Relations at Wells Fargo and Bank On programmatic supporter. "Today's conference was a powerful display of that shared commitment, and we're proud to be a sponsor of this important event. We're also proud of our recent investment in the Bank On program, which will provide seed funding for the new Bank On Fellows program. Together, we will help provide safe, affordable financial services to underserved families across the country." The goal of Bank On is to ensure that everyone has access to safe and affordable financial products and services. The Bank On National Account Standards identify critical product features for appropriate bank or credit union accounts, making it easier for local coalitions across the country to connect consumers to accounts that meet their needs. Core account features include low costs, no overdraft fees, robust transaction capabilities such as a debit or prepaid card, and online bill pay. Earlier this year, the CFE Fund announced a streamlined process through which financial institutions can submit online for certification, at no charge, accounts that they believe meet the Bank On National Account Standards. At the Conference, the CFE Fund announced that 9 financial institutions now have accounts that meet Bank On National Account Standards; these accounts are now available at 24,137 branches in 49 states and Washington, DC. Newly certified accounts include: Dart Bank's Bank On Checking Account, First Commonwealth Bank's SmartPay Card, First National Bank's Access Debit Account, and KeyBank's Hassle-Free Account. These newly-certified accounts join Bank of America's Safe Balance Banking account, Chase Liquid, Citi's Access Account, U.S. Bank's Safe Debit Account, and Wells Fargo's EasyPay Card. Local Bank On coalitions will be able to use certification program to identify other local and regional financial institutions, including both banks and credit unions, that offer accounts that meet the Standards. "Dart Bank is proud of our partnership with Bank On," said Sally Rae, Executive Vice President, Dart Bank. "As a community bank we feel a responsibility to help individuals re-establish themselves financially, and this program helps us to do this." "Now more than ever, people look to cities to ensure everyone has a safe, affordable place to keep their money and build wealth," said José Cisneros, Treasurer, City and County of San Francisco. "Since the pioneering launch of Bank On San Francisco ten years ago, we have helped over 75,000 people open their first account and move into the financial mainstream. Now is the time to double down on this progress. San Francisco is proud to lead a strong coalition of nonprofit and financial institution partners committed to supporting all our residents achieve greater financial security and prosperity under Bank On." The CFE Fund also announced the release of new Bank On resources, including an updated Bank On website and new chapters in the Bank On Coalition Playbook. The resources in the Playbook cover a range of topics, including constructively partnering with financial institutions. The Playbook, available online, now includes a new chapter on the Bank On Listserv; previous chapters include Bank On National Account Standards (2017-2018), Bank On Guiding Principles, and a partnership template Bank On Coalition Financial Institution Partnerships: Statement of Principles. Additionally, the CFE Fund highlighted the recent announcement of a competitively-awarded Bank On Fellowship opportunity, supported by Wells Fargo, which will provide match funding to up to five Bank On coalitions to support a full-time staff position for two years, a "Fellow," to lead coalition activities. The Bank On Fellowship Program focuses on building a multi-city cohort of successful Bank On program coordinators, equipping them with the training, tools, and resources to make significant advancements in local banking access efforts and at the same time generating best practices for other coalitions around the country. The Bank On Fellowship application is open now; coalitions are encouraged to apply here. The CFE Fund leads the national Bank On movement, supporting city coalitions working to connect individuals and families to the financial mainstream through partnerships between local governments, financial institutions, and community organizations. To learn more about Bank On and the National Account Standards click here, or follow the conversation on Twitter @CFEfund #BankOn. About the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) The CFE Fund supports municipal efforts to improve the financial stability of households by leveraging opportunities unique to local government. By translating cutting edge experience with large scale programs, research, and policy in cities of all sizes, the CFE Fund assists mayors and other local leaders to identify, develop, fund, implement, and research pilots and programs that help families build assets and make the most of their financial resources. The CFE Fund is currently working in over 40 cities, and has disbursed over $25 million to city governments and their partners to support these efforts. For more information, please visit www.cfefund.org or follow us on Twitter at @CFEFund. Bank On coalitions are locally-led partnerships between local public officials; city, state, and federal government agencies; financial institutions; and community organizations that work together to help improve the financial stability of unbanked and underbanked individuals and families in their communities. The Bank On national initiative builds on a grassroots movement of dozens of coalitions in cities across the country, offering national account standards, capacity grant support, pilot funding, and a learning community. These first-generation banking access programs have already connected hundreds of thousands of people to safe and affordable accounts. In addition to connecting unbanked individuals to accounts, Bank On programs raise public awareness, target outreach to the unbanked, and expand access to financial education. Visit www.cfefund.org/bankon for more information. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/growing-banking-access-movement-stakeholders-gather-in-washington-dc-300462248.html


News Article | May 8, 2017
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BMC is designed to challenge this dynamic. Under the current proposal, participants can elect to route Market-On-Close (MOC) orders to BMC on Bats' BZX Exchange, where they are pre-matched with other MOC orders at 3.35 p.m. ET. Pre-matched trades are then executed when the primary exchange closing price is published. As a result, participants obtain a closing price for a fraction of the cost. Further, the timing of the BMC match allows any MOC orders that go unmatched to be sent to the primary exchange closing auctions. A variety of brokers already provide Market-On-Close prices for investors. Subject to regulatory approval, BMC will be the first such functionality to be offered by an equity venue operator, incorporating unique on-exchange features including anonymity and trade transparency. Bryan Harkins, Head of U.S. Equities and Global FX said: "Over the past few years, we have seen the primary market auction operators steadily increasing auction fees while, conversely, intraday exchange trading fees have steadily dropped as a result of competition. This has made a critical part of the trading day markedly more expensive. As a result, market participants have asked us to provide competitive pressure of the sort that we apply during the trading day. The Bats Market Close is our response that provides an alternative that reduces costs for market orders but preserves a single, consolidated closing price, all through an exchange platform." Most importantly, the BMC does not create a rival, price-forming auction for non-listed securities. This is because the BMC avoids removing Limit-On-Close orders from forming price in the primary market closing auctions, only matching market-on-close orders. This reduces participant costs without distorting auction price formation. CBOE Holdings, Inc. (BATS: CBOE | NASDAQ: CBOE), owner of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Bats exchanges, CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries, is one of the world's largest exchange holding companies and a leader in providing global investors cutting-edge trading and investment solutions. The company offers trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and multi-asset volatility and global foreign exchange (FX) products.  CBOE Holdings' 14 trading venues include the largest options exchange in the U.S. and the largest stock exchange in Europe, and the company is the second-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S. and a leading market globally for ETF trading. CBOE Holdings is home to the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index), the world's barometer for equity market volatility; the CBOE Options Institute, the company's world-renowned education arm; CBOE Livevol, a leading provider of options technology, trading analytics and market data services; CBOE Vest, an asset management company specializing in target-outcome investment strategies; CBOE Risk Management Conferences (RMC), the premier financial industry forums on derivatives and volatility products; ETF.com, a leading provider of ETF news, data and analysis; and Hotspot, a leading platform for global FX trading. The company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Kansas City, New York, London, San Francisco, Singapore and Ecuador.  For more information, visit www.cboe.com. CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CFE®, BATS®, Livevol®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are registered trademarks, and CBOE Futures ExchangeSM, CBOE VestSM and CBOE Options InstituteSM are service marks of CBOE Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bats-announces-alternative-to-closing-auctions-300453047.html


News Article | May 4, 2017
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"After welcoming VelocityShares' EVIX ETNs to our Bats ETF Marketplace (http://ir.cboe.com/press-releases/2017/05-03-2017.aspx), and thereby packaging European volatility into exchange-traded products for the first time, we are now excited to offer EVIX options," said John Deters, CBOE's Chief  Strategy Officer and Head of Multi-Asset Solutions.  "The new options highlights how our recent acquisition of Bats Global Markets enables us to work with issuers as a one-stop-shop to develop, list, and trade ETN and ETF products.   We are particularly pleased that the first options on ETNs to be offered under the combined company expand our global volatility offering." CBOE Holdings, Inc. (BATS: CBOE | NASDAQ: CBOE), owner of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Bats exchanges, CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) and other subsidiaries, is one of the world's largest exchange holding companies and a leader in providing global investors cutting-edge trading and investment solutions. The company offers trading across a diverse range of products in multiple asset classes and geographies, including options, futures, U.S. and European equities, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and multi-asset volatility and global foreign exchange (FX) products.  CBOE Holdings' 14 trading venues include the largest options exchange in the U.S. and the largest stock exchange in Europe, and the company is the second-largest stock exchange operator in the U.S. and a leading market globally for ETF trading. CBOE Holdings is home to the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX Index), the world's barometer for equity market volatility; the CBOE Options Institute, the company's world-renowned education arm; CBOE Livevol, a leading provider of options technology, trading analytics and market data services; CBOE Vest, an asset management company specializing in target-outcome investment strategies; CBOE Risk Management Conferences (RMC), the premier financial industry forums on derivatives and volatility products; ETF.com, a leading provider of ETF news, data and analysis; and Hotspot, a leading platform for global FX trading. The company is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Kansas City, New York, London, San Francisco, Singapore and Ecuador.  For more information, visit www.cboe.com. CBOE®, Chicago Board Options Exchange®, CFE®, BATS®, Livevol®, CBOE Volatility Index® and VIX® are US registered trademarks, and CBOE Futures ExchangeSM, EVIXSM, CBOE VestSM and CBOE Options InstituteSM are service marks of CBOE Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries. VelocityShares® is a US registered trademark of VelocityShares, LLC. Euro STOXX 50® is an EU registered trademarks of STOXX AG. All other trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners. CBOE Holdings and its affiliates do not recommend or make any representation as to possible benefits from any securities or investments, or third-party products or services. Investors should undertake their own due diligence regarding their securities and investment practices. You cannot invest directly in an index. This press release speaks only as of this date. We disclaim any duty to update the information herein. Nothing in this announcement should be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell any securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or solicitation would be unlawful under the securities laws of such jurisdiction. Nothing contained in this communication constitutes tax, legal or investment advice. Investors must consult their tax adviser or legal counsel for advice and information concerning their particular situation. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cboe-begins-trading-options-on-velocityshares-evix-300451739.html


News Article | May 8, 2017
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-- WriteLoss INC.Neal McLoughlin800-272-1601773-497-2856neal@writeloss.comWriteLoss.comWriteloss hires Neal McLoughlinAs Vice President of Midwest RegionChicago, IL, May 8, 2017– WRITELOSS today announced that well-regarded industry professional Mr. Neal McLoughlin has joined the firm's Chicago, IL office as Senior Vice President.Mr. McLoughlin will be responsible for directing, planning, operating and scheduling of all claims assignments within the Midwest region."I am excited about being selected as WRITELOSS V.P. for the Midwest region. I look forward to implementing our growth strategy by continuing to provide our unique best-in-class claims production services to our clients."McLoughlin joins WRITELOSS from Illinois Association of Public Adjusters where he served as President. Previously he was a principal in Loss Consultant Group and drove the brand from a single state to a top producing multi state operation.Mr. McLoughlin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from CC of St Joseph and an M.B.A. from St Xavier University. He attained the highly regarded CFE designation and is a member of the NSPII (National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators).  He has pioneered the use of UAV technology in the insurance construction field.Professional SummaryMr. Neal McLoughlin BS, MBA, ACFE has most recently headed the expansion and growth of MRCLAIM Loss Consultant Group. His diverse background includes 20 years of investigations which supports the experience necessary to determine cause and origin determination NFPA 921 Accidental/Incendiary/Scene investigation.He is the past President of the Illinois Association of Public Adjusters and current Board Member. Previously Mr. McLoughlin owned and operated City General Contractors and is a Qualified Unlimited Roofing Licensee.He has experience as a Licensed Public Adjuster in multiple states as well as being an Appraisal Adjuster and Umpire.His working knowledge and experience in policy coverage review as well as causation and construction estimating uniquely qualify him to lead our Midwest Region expansion of WriteLoss.CEO & Founder of WRITELOSS, David Herring said,"Our success is most closely tied to the quality of our staff and experience of our leadership.  Neal McLoughlin could not be a better addition as he will certainly provide leadership and a growth in our remote claims, appraisal, inspections, and large loss building consulting! ".About WRITELOSSWRITELOSS is a privately held company headed by CEO David Herring... WRITELOSS currently supports more than 5.35 billion dollars in estimates annually and has continued to grow steadily.WRITELOSS Inc. currently works in 48 states and 3 Canadian provinces. Key Management collectively possess over 100 years of insurance claims management.With the establishment of a WriteLoss Chicago, IL office WRITELOSS significantly strengthensthe company's Midwest regional presenceas well as establishes itself as a North American leader in theestimating and claims services sector.For more information please visit www.writeloss.com Or Contact Lindsay Milam352-445-8936 or Lindsay@writeloss.com


News Article | April 17, 2017
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Lourdes Melgar SM ’88 PhD ’92, the Robert Wilhelm Fellow at the Center of International Studies at MIT and Mexico’s former deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons, recently delivered a talk at the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) outlining Mexico’s historic energy reform. An architect of the design and implementation of the reform, Melgar discussed the need for energy reform, the role of private investors, and the remaining challenges for Mexico moving forward. In a conversation with MITEI, she reflects on these main themes from her talk. Q: Why was Mexico in need of energy reform, and how did the reform increase Mexico's energy security while also mitigating climate change? A: Since 2004, Mexico’s oil production had been declining, going from a peak of 3.4 million barrels a day (mmbd) to 2.3 mmbd in less than a decade. In spite of significant increase in investment in exploration and production, the downturn continued. In addition, Mexico’s dependency on imports of natural gas and refined products grew to levels that seriously threatened energy security. Electricity rates with subsidies were, on average, 25 percent higher than in the United States, hurting Mexico’s competitiveness. The country was not fully exploiting its renewable energy potential, despite the wide availability of sources and its legal commitments to energy transition and climate change mitigation. Mexico needed an overhaul of its energy model to reverse these tendencies, strengthen energy security, and lead the country on the path to a lower-carbon economy. The Reforma Energetica (Energy Reform) established a new institutional arrangement based on the principles of open-market competition, rule of law, sustainability, and transparency. The reform transforms the upstream, allowing contracts that are awarded through a bidding process to private participants in addition to the national oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), which, after receiving its entitlements, has to compete on equal footing with other companies to increase its acreage. In the mid- and downstream, as well as in the electricity sector, competitive energy markets are established. In the power sector, clean energy certificates are mandated, thus boosting the deployment of clean energies. As the implementation of the reform advances, energy security will increase, and climate change goals are more likely to be met. Q: What role do private investors play in Mexico's energy reform? A: The energy reform does away with a model based on state monopolies and establishes a system where PEMEX and the national utility company, Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), become state productive enterprises that have to compete in the market under the same rules of the game as private participants. The reform strengthened the independence and transparency of regulators, in order to grant certainty to investors. Attracting private investors is key to increasing efficiency, production, and energy security. In addition to reversing the decline in oil and gas production, boosting competitive natural gas and fuels markets, Mexico needs to add 62 megawatts to its power system by 2029, grow its transmission and pipelines, and enhance its distribution infrastructure. Private and public resources are required to meet the demands of investment of the energy sector. Private sector participation will be key to the success of the energy reform as it allocates fresh resources to infrastructure development, brings about competition and efficiency, and promotes technological and managerial best practices. Q: What are the biggest remaining challenges for Mexico as it consolidates its new energy model? A: Mexico has been able to implement an all-encompassing energy reform in record time. In order to consolidate the new model, it is essential to maintain a technical approach to the implementation, the independence of regulators, and high levels of transparency and accountability. Wider public understanding and acceptance of the reform is also needed. This will come about as the benefits of the reform trickle down to the communities where projects are developed and to society in general. The strengthening of PEMEX and CFE are central to the success of the reform, as are the creation of value chains of supply, social licensing of the projects, and an effective security of supply policy. In a changing economic and international environment, all of these objectives require continuous work and commitment.


News Article | May 4, 2017
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Midstream Business editors reviewed readers' nominations to select the year's top companies, deals and individuals. Here are the 2017 honorees: Executive of the Year: Russell K. (Russ) Girling, President and CEO, TransCanada Corp. A midstream veteran, Girling has successfully guided Calgary-based TransCanada through a tumultuous period. He joined TransCanada in 1994 following management assignments with Suncor Inc., Northridge Petroleum Marketing and Dome Petroleum Corp. He was named to his current roles in 2010. The company's long-sought Keystone XL project received approval by the Trump Administration in April. When completed, the Keystone XL will complement its sprawling Keystone crude oil pipeline system that links western Canada's oil producers to the Cushing, Okla., trading hub, Midwest refiners and the Gulf Coast's refining and petrochemical network. In 2016, TransCanada closed on the acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group in a U.S. $13 billion acquisition that gave TransCanada major assets in the natural gas transmission business. He is a director of the American Petroleum Institute, the Business Council of Canada and a former chairman of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. TransCanada ranked No. 6 on the Midstream 50 list of Midstream Business magazine for 2016. Deal of the Year: Enbridge Inc. acquisition of Spectra Energy Corp. Announced in September 2016 and closed in February, the combination of two of the sector's largest players created a new midstream colossus with an enterprise value of U.S. $126 billion. On a pro forma basis, the combined firm could rank first in the Midstream 50 for 2017, ahead of such sector heavyweights as Kinder Morgan Inc. and Energy Transfer, which is becoming Sunoco Logistics Partners, and Enterprise Products Partners LP. For 2016, Enbridge ranked No. 4 on the Midstream 50 list while Spectra ranked No. 7. Project of the Year: Nueva Era Pipeline and Howard Energy Partners A significant midstream player in South Texas' Eagle Ford unconventional play, San Antonio-based Howard Energy announced plans for the Nueva Era natural gas pipeline at the end of 2015 and began construction in 2016. Service is scheduled to start this year. Its partner in the project is Mexico's Grupo Clisa. Mexico's constitutional change that opened the nation to private energy development created significant opportunities for midstream firms to meet Mexico's swelling demand for gas and petroleum products. A comparatively small, privately held midstream player, Nueva Era represents significant growth in its asset base. The Nueva Era system will link Howard's Webb County, Texas, gas hub to Monterrey, the center of Mexico's industrial base. Nueva Era will include almost 200 miles of 30- and 36-inch pipeline with a capacity of up to 1 billion cubic feet per day; 504 million cubic feet per day is contracted to CFE, Mexico's electric utility, who is the project's anchor shipper. For media credentials to attend MIDSTREAM Texas, please contact Kate Clark at kclark@hartenergy.com. To view the full agenda, visit www.midstreamtexas.com About Hart Energy For more than 40 years, Hart Energy editors and experts have delivered market-leading insights to investors and energy industry professionals. The Houston-based company produces award-winning monthly magazines (such as Oil and Gas Investor, E&P and Midstream Business); online news and data services; in-depth industry conferences (like the DUG™ conference series); GIS data sets and mapping solutions; and a range of research and consulting services through Stratas Advisors. For information, visit hartenergy.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/midstream-business-excellence-awards-honor-sectors-best-300451686.html

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