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Kharouf is a Chicago-based freelance reporter and editor who was previously CEO and editor-in-chief of John Lothian News.

POV: Are Publicly Traded Exchanges Sticking It To You? Standard

There is a recurring criticism of publicly traded exchanges – that they are not serving the needs of their customers, all to satisfy shareholders. Such was the essence of the argument by James Andrus, an investment manager from CalPERS, the California pension and investment giant. On a panel at the World Federation of Exchanges annual meeting last week in Athens, he said stock exchanges are bending to the desires of listed companies on their exchanges on proxy voting rule changes and other policy changes at the expense of investor firms like his. And the motivation, he said, was that exchanges…

Brexit Has Industry Participants Prepping For “Worst Case Scenario” Standard

Industry participants are preparing for a worst case scenario with the UK Brexit coming next March. Frustration with the process and lack of political leadership was palpable at the World Federation of Exchanges Annual Meeting in Athens. On a Brexit panel Thursday, industry executives said the damage to UK and EU markets could be severe. “Brexit is making the European market smaller and it will take years to rebuild,” said Jarkko Syyrilä, head of public affairs at Nordea Wealth Management. “Politics is completely destructive. We are just six months away and we have no clarity on what is going to…

ESMA Keeping Tight Leash On EU Trading Venues Standard

Steven Maijoor, chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), said MiFID II rules launched in January are indeed living up to expectations of pushing more trading onto exchanges, but more work may be required. In remarks before the World Federation of Exchanges annual meeting in Athens, Maijoor said less trading volume is flowing to dark pools and onto exchanges and so-called systematic internalisers (SIs), used by banks and algorithmic trading firms to fill customer orders. The use of ongoing periodic auctions for contracts, however, is coming under greater scrutiny, Maijoor said. These millisecond auctions may not being adhering…

Build or Buy? Exchanges Continue to Branch Out For Revenues Through Acquisition Standard

Exchanges are continuing to look at two areas for revenue growth – consolidation and acquisition of non-exchange service firms, according to a new report from Burton Taylor. The report, presented at the World Federation of Exchange’s General Assembly and Annual Meeting in Athens and authored by Andy Nybo, shows that ICE topped exchanges in revenue in 2017 with $4.6 billion, followed by CME with $3.6 million, Deutsche Boerse with $2.7 billion, LSE Group with $2.5 billion and Nasdaq with $2.4 billion. Global revenues from the 15 top exchanges totaled $30.7 billion last year, up 8.1 percent from 2016. The sector…

Exchange Legacy: WFE Tackles The Question Of The Role Of Exchanges. It’s Much More Than You May Think. Standard

Can exchanges change the world and shape the future? This goes well beyond the traditional mantras that derivatives markets help set prices and offset risk, or stock markets help raise capital for companies. Hats off to the World Federation of Exchanges’ General Assembly and Annual Meeting, being held this week in Athens to ask the questions such as: What is the exchange & CCP role in bringing economies back to life? How do they best enable sustainable development? How can they serve their stakeholders better? Hosted by the Athens Stock Exchange, this year’s meeting venue is located just below the…

What does your clearinghouse DEFCON scale look like today? Standard

Talk about timing. Ten years after the collapse of the global financial market and a decade of rebuilding it, Nasdaq reports that Nasdaq Clearing had to cover for a clearing member default of €114 million on Nasdaq Nordic,  a default so large it took up 68 percent of the default funds from other clearing member firms. According to reports from the Financial Times and Bloomberg, a trader by the name of Einar Aas (one letter off from a joke here), defaulted on Nasdaq’s power market on September 11, forcing Nasdaq Clearing to tap into clearing member default funds. Aas reportedly was…

X_TRADER Transformed The Industry: Now It’s Time To Do It Again Standard

The announcement that Trading Technologies will be shutting down its X_TRADER platform is not a big surprise. But what that platform has done over its 25-year lifespan certainly is. And what the new TT platform may do in the coming months and years may be equally astounding. Taking a look back, there’s not a single ISV trading platform that has had a greater impact on the industry than X_TRADER. Launched in 1994, the technology that included patented breakthroughs like the ubiquitous price ladder and autospreader transformed the trading industry with Harris Brumfield’s trader’s eye for functionality and speed. The patents…

Custody Battle Brewing Over Crypto Assets, and That’s a Good Thing Standard

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It was just a few months ago that the cryptocurrency markets were bemoaning the lack of institutional-grade custody services. Without them, no right-minded fund or asset manager was going to get anywhere near this market. And if they did, they had already written their firm’s obituary and put it in a drawer just in case. It reads something like this: “Thank you, dear customer, for investing your hard-earned fiat currency into our kick-ass digital asset fund. Unfortunately, someone in the Seychelles, Pyongyang, Kiev, Tehran or all of the above has stolen our crypto assets. With regret, we will be liquidating…

Cinnober’s new CEO will have to consider the next move Standard

The news that Veronica Augustsson was out as CEO of Cinnober Financial Technologies and newcomer Peter Lenardos was in was a shock. Augustsson, who had been CEO the past six years and with the firm since 2002, grew up with the company and reached a pinnacle few women ever reach. She did so with warmth and a friendly smile, but she also had a vision to diversify the company into a variety of sectors beyond its core business of real-time clearing, risk and surveillance systems for exchanges. After all, there is a limited number of exchanges with clearing houses –…