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Darkest before the… Standard

By Jim Kharouf One takeaway from the Carbon TradEx America Conference this week is that this market has likely hit its low point in the U.S. When we look back at things a year or two from now, market participants might say, “remember when?” Remember when we met in Chicago and experts in this industry were saying that there is not a single piece of moving legislation that will bring carbon, SO2, NOx or even renewable energy credits markets forward on a national level. Uncertainty was at its height.Remember when executives from the United Nations and European markets told the…

An Interview with Jeffrey Wecker, President and CEO of Lime Brokerage Standard

Jeffrey Wecker is President and CEO of Lime Brokerage, which recently launched high-speed options execution to complement its high speed equities and futures trading. He spoke with Sarah Rudolph about the new options platform and the importance of high speed technology in the options marketplace. Q: How long have you been with Lime? A: Since November 2008. Q: Before the launch of its new high-speed options execution platform, did Lime trade options at all? A: No, this is a new product. We’ve pre-launched, so we’ve been trading the last two months, but we’ve been in an evaluation program, ironing out…

Jeffrey Christian, CPM Group (Part 3 of 3) Standard

Jeffrey M. Christian

In part three of this interview, Jeffrey Christian, managing director and founder at the CPM Group, speaks with JLN Metals editor Chris McMahon about concerns over metal ETFs and their pressure on prices, how Jeff got his start, mining stocks and misconceptions about rare earths. Listen to part one of the interview here. Listen to part two of the interview here. [Having trouble viewing? Click here] [Download audio]

Jeffrey Christian, CPM Group (Part 2 of 3) Standard

Jeffrey M. Christian

In part two of this interview, Jeffrey Christian, managing director and founder at the CPM Group, speaks with JLN Metals editor Chris McMahon about the misconception of gold as an inflation hedge, gold markets in Thailand and Vietnam, gold as a safe haven and the gold to silver ratio. Listen to part one of the interview here. Listen to part three of the interview here. [Having trouble viewing? Click here] [Download audio]

Jeffrey Christian, CPM Group (Part 1 of 3) Standard

Jeffrey M. Christian

In this interview, Jeffrey Christian, managing director and founder at the CPM Group, speaks with JLN Metals editor Chris McMahon about the importance of China and India in the metals markets. This is part one of a three part interview. Listen to part two of the interview here. Listen to part three of the interview here. [Having trouble viewing? Click here] [Download audio]

Five Minutes with Alun Green Standard

Alun Green

Alun Green is the general manager for SunGard’s Cliq business. After growing up in England, Green moved to Chicago with Carr Futures and then to SunGard to lead the Stream GMI efforts. Green sat down with MarketsWiki’s Jessica Titlebaum to discuss what he did before he was in the derivatives industry, his favorite travel location and what he does in his free time. Q. What do you like most about the financial industry? A. I love that the industry is global and local at the same time. I have traveled around a bit and this is an industry that spreads…

Asia-Pacific grabs the top spot Standard

By John J. Lothian Well, it’s happened. The West isn’t the center of the derivatives universe anymore. In a year where China surpassed Japan as the second largest economy in the world, the Asia-Pacific region is now the largest for exchange traded derivatives. The Asia-Pacific region surpassed North America as the largest market for exchange traded derivatives volume for the first time, and accounted for 37.5 percent of the global exchange traded derivatives volume in the first half of 2010, according to today’s mid-year volume report from the Futures Industry Association. The region collectively traded 4.2 billion contracts, up from…

Five Minutes with Randy Frederick Standard

Randy Frederick, Director of Trading and Derivatives at Charles Schwab & Co., is the company’s options guru. He sat down with MarketsWiki’s Jessica Titlebaum to discuss his ascent into the options space, the difference between equity and options traders and why he is so passionate about this industry. Q. Did you have any mentors throughout your career? Greg Miller was someone I aspired to be like. He worked at Schwab when I was a broker and a manager in Indianapolis. He was the Options Guru, the guy that came around and taught everyone about options, and I was one of…

Fred Demler, MF Global Standard

In this interview, Fred Demler, executive vice president and head of global commodities for MF Global, speaks with JLN Metals editor Chris McMahon about copper fundamentals, fluctuating demand from China and the evolution of the commodities super cycle. [Having trouble viewing? Click here] [Download audio]

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