The New Year has opened with renewed spikes of Covid’s latest variant strains keeping tensions high and cautionary distancing behaviors in force across the globe. For goodness sakes, even the tennis world has reacted to the pressure by literally cancelling the world #1 player’s visa days before the first major, the Australian Open, began this week, creating a void at the top of the seeded draw that speaks volumes about the level of concern still existing around the pandemic

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The SEC was a quiet place this week, at least in term of announced enforcement actions. Its derivatives counterpart, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, picked up the slack and suspended the registration of Ted Brent Alexander of Jackson, Mississippi because of his federal criminal indictment on securities and commodities fraud, conspiracy, and wire fraud

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