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Mark Melin

Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing a trading program’s strategy and mapping it to a market environment and performance driver. He provides analysis of managed futures investment performance and commentary regarding related managed futures market environment. A portfolio and industry consultant, he was an adjunct instructor in managed futures at Northwestern University / Chicago and has written or edited three books, including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008). Mark was director of the managed futures division at Alaron Trading until they were acquired by Peregrine Financial Group in 2009, where he was a registered associated person (National Futures Association NFA ID#: 0348336). Mark has also worked as a Commodity Trading Advisor himself, trading a short volatility options portfolio across the yield curve, and was an independent consultant to various broker dealers and futures exchanges, including OneChicago, the single stock futures exchange, and the Chicago Board of Trade. He is also Editor, Opalesque Futures Intelligence and Editor, Opalesque Futures Strategies.

  • GodIsTheTruth

    yes. very nice. love the language. i thought that word was banned by the feminazis..anyway…we are not looking to tell people how to live their lives…we just want them to stop telling us how to live ours and the government to leave us alone and stop taxing us to death and putting up road blocks to our abilities to earn income. As far as the social issues are concerned…we ALL answer to God for something. It’s not my place to judge.

  • trevo rudder

    Yes, people don’t want to vote for Neocon kunts that want to tell people how to live their lives.

  • LeftyMcSense

    This country will collapse from within, just like the Soviet Union did. Who was it who said, Franklin maybe, that those who give up liberty for security deserve neither liberty or security (paraphrase)? Unless we take back the reins of our government and no longer sit idly by, we will not have freedom or democracy, the latter of which I believe is gone already.

  • Jack

    There is some backroom crap going on here and I hope Greenwald isn’t caving to the pressure. He should leave the US (again) and then publish if he is afraid of prosecution (or assassination). They could be offering incentives not to publish it, who knows. The USG usually resorts to threats to achieve its goals I just hope this isn’t compromising Greenwald. Obviously this story is going to raise some major, major issues for the establishment.

  • red

    The actual list would be explosive, politically speaking …. if the pattern holds true, there would be a leaning towards critics of the obama admin and/or surveillance policy

  • red

    HOPE Greenwald isnt actually manipulating the release in order to make a deal on his U.S status or some other deal with the admin …. like keeping back some names (esp political names) in exchange for being left alone

  • red

    And far left orgs who criticized the admin for its massive privacy violations

  • Mitch_Connor_12

    If the spy list included what political insiders are smearing as “fringe” groups” it would further legitimize them. It would challenge the status quo, so I think they hype would be around how sparingly media outlets actually report on stories like that. Even if a majority of active voters already know it’s happening. If it turns out they were spying on Hillary Clinton, then I would agree… why the hype?

  • PabloKOh

    Fight em. Sell your mortgaged house and your mortgaged car. Get a tiny house, pay little property tax. Take your cash out of the bank, sell stocks and bonds and buy primary assets. Gold coin, Silver coin, farmland, oil wells. Plant a garden and ten fruit trees. Then help your community do the same. Get $30 worth of bitcoin too.

  • 4Peas

    Or police brutality.

  • Against The Inevitable

    If that is true, then I see no reason for the hype. Just some standard Nixonian stuff going on. So what else is new?

  • Mitch_Connor_12

    Establishment types like Hilary Clinton are “in the group” so that is highly unlikely. Most likely targeted at individuals that would oppose the agendas of people like Hillary, Obama, Romney, Bush, etc.

  • wat

    The only ramifications sane people are interested in is reform and removal of those who abuse their power. It’s not an unreasonable request and ought be a given, considering the information that has come to light.

    If a coupe in the US did gain popular support (highly unlikely), it would be the fault of those in power not holding the guilty accountable for their actions. Not the fault of journalists involved in this story and certainly not the American people.

  • Against The Inevitable

    If the hype about this story is any indication, I am guessing the NSA was spying on Hillary Clinton at the State Department. The US government doesn’t want that getting out. Maybe they threatened him with prosecution if he published.

  • billie Royce

    I don’t trust this government and never have. I don’t trust “do gooders”, my first thought is what is in this for them? I try to look at something from all sides not just “oh boy names” I can’t wait to read them and see who can be slammed for having their name on there. I believe hat the majority of the public wont even look. Greenwald keeps putting out teasers to work up the public into reading his articles. I won’t be reading the names. and good luck as you aren’t even a ripple in my pond.

  • disqus_Tgv8PPb9Oy

    billy, you must be one of those “patriots” who believes that the gummint always does things in the best interest of the people. Well, I have news for you-the “gummint” is made up of people who have all the failings, ambitions, greed and desire for power as most of the rest of us. The only difference is that gummint people have legal authority, as well as the weaponry, to carry out all their plans, unlike the rest of us who become their targets. So I suggest you engage the scepticism gear in your brain and start evaluating what NSA, the FBI, the CIA, and on and on are doing, with the mindset that these actions are being done by people not much better or worse than yourself, and you know what an SOB you can be.

  • disqus_Tgv8PPb9Oy

    Does it not seem ironic that NSA, with all of its surveillance, prying into phone calls and emails, hacking of equipment, etc, all in the name of enhancing national security, didn’t get even the slightest inkling that ISIS was about to attack the Iraqi army and drive it out of northern Iraq? Fer cryeye, if all of this data gathering can’t produce information on something that big, then what is the point of it? Sleep tight tonight, America, your intelligence services are on the job.

  • Noodle Head

    To all the people supporting the NSA, please go live in North Korea. They also spy on their citizens for their “protection” and have had ZERO terrorism incidents. So statistically speaking you’re better protected there. All you have to do is bow down and give up your rights… something that you don’t seem to have a problem doing.

  • TheSecularConservative

    we have become a nation of fat, stupid idiots that are focused more on who will allow us to continue to abort our babies and let us marry people of the same sex instead of the keepers of liberty. As we slowly move toward complete and total communism people are stuck with their heads in the tv sopping up all of the bullcrap that the talking heads on the news are feeding them. I say we round them all up and ship them to N. Korea so they can try it on first and see if it still fits.

  • billie Royce

    I grew up in Europe back in the fifties and sixties and saw first hand how government takeovers were done. I was visiting Germany when it was still behind the iron curtain and upon leaving the country our train was pulled off on a side track and held prisoner for several days as the Germans wanted to board and search. So yes I know about not being free. All I am saying is to tread very carefully because you don’t know who is reading all the “info” released by a guy with a big ego that could lead to results you don’t want. Just think of all the ramifications before acting. Don’t just jump off the bridge.

  • sixpack

    How exactly is “this country is taken over” going to happen if the truth is known about ILLEGAL NSA SPYING ON U.S. CITIZENS, WITHOUT PROPER AUTHORITY?

    We’re not talking about names of terrorist suspects here, get real, billie Royce. I’ll bet there are names of U.S. congressmen and supreme court judges, powerful people who are subject to political blackmail.

    We’re talking about everyday people who protest the government, maybe ACLU lawyers and bloggers.

    How the heck does THAT info put us at risk against terrorists?

    You’re too damned brainwashed for your own good.

  • juanTx

    It will not end until the American people rebel> Thomas Jefferson said it best”

    The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish
    it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but
    better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now
    and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.” –Thomas Jefferson
    to Abigail Adams, 1787. Time to step up to the plate patriots.

  • fbxl5

    “Don’t tell me its because people should know, that’s not a valid reason. Its an excuse”.

    ” Consent of the governed is a phrase from the United States Declaration of Independence. It is synonymous with a political theory wherein a government’s legitimacy and moral right to use state power is only justified and legal when derived from the people or society over which that political power is exercised. This theory of consent is historically contrasted to the divine right of kings and has often been invoked against the legitimacy of colonialism. Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government”.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consent_of_the_governed

    Consent is dependent upon knowledge, the uninformed can not consent to anything. “The people should know” is the basis of our democracy.

  • billie Royce

    This needs to be very, very carefully thought about before doing. Why do you really want to do this? Don’t tell me its because people should know, that’s not a valid reason. Its an excuse. Do you hope to bring America to its knees for some reason and in doing so are you going to accept the result when this country is taken over?

  • Crave

    Did a drone get him ?

  • trahanaquasimodo

    Oh yeah the MOST EVIL Monster and Powerful US Court FISC/FISA can throw you in jail without a Lawyer if you do not comply with the EVIL NsA .
    thats how they can bully US companies like News Media or Tech companies or Telephones companies .

  • FederalReserve Brown

    the USA needs to throw the yolk of jewish occupation off.

  • PappaDoc

    All that information was lost when the IRS computers crashed…..Lois Lerner had all the names on her computer, funny how they were all conservatives.

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