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Kharouf is CEO of John J. Lothian & Co. and editor-in-chief of John Lothian News (JLN). He edits the John Lothian Newsletter, MarketsWiki and MarketsReformWiki.

D is for Data: FinTech Exchange Standard

The sold-out FinTech Exchange conference, hosted by Barchart, was largely about data – what to do with data, how exchanges are capturing new data and how to trade it. That, on its surface, isn’t particularly new. But the infrastructure to capture all kinds of data is now developed. The CME Group’s Julie Armstrong Menacho colorfully outlined how the exchange has migrated all of its historical data onto the cloud, giving customers greater access to it, along with a growing list of partners who provide alternative data sets like satellite images of oil storage facilities or social media sentiment. CBOE’s Catherine…

The future of futures markets: Exchanges looking to fail fast Standard

Andreas Preuss, deputy CEO, Deutsche Boerse had a show stopper. At the IOMA: World Federation Exchanges conference in Frankfurt on Friday, he said his exchange will have to speed up its business processes exponentially in the next two to three years in order to thrive. Implementing products and services from beginning to release will go from today’s 18 months to 4 days. Yes, you read that correctly. And no, no one in the audience was laughing. “The old way was seven months of iterations of prototypes,” Preuss said. “In the world I am aiming at, the business IT and operations…

Testing the Waters: Blockchain Technology is Edging into the Exchange Space Standard

By now, the hype surrounding digital ledger technology has subsided into reality. The reality, however, is that initial blockchain-based solutions are on the way. The hysteria that blockchain was going to be the big disruptor that puts clearinghouses out of business is essentially over. What is sprouting up instead are some interesting projects that are much more targeted at markets and sectors that beg for technological advancement. At the IOMA: WFE Conference in Frankfurt, Anton Govor, managing director and head of strategy for Moscow Exchange Group said the exchange has developed a working digital ledger-based proxy voting product. It is…

Chess Moves: Can Exchange M&A Really Make Shareholders And Customers Happy? Standard

I put CBOE’s John Deters on the spot. “Do you care about your customers, John?” I asked. “Yes, we care very much about our customers,” he replied. As chief strategy officer and head of multi-asset class solutions at CBOE Holdings, Deters really does care about them.  But that is a question end users often ask about exchanges today, especially as we look at the M&A activity in the stock, futures and options space. On a panel I moderated at the IOMA: WFE Conference in Frankfurt, we addressed the issue of consolidation with Deters as the lone exchange representative, Gedon Hertshten,…

The Tough Question: What Will European Markets Look Like In Two Years? Standard

Markets continue to struggle with the prospects of a new political future and structure. Steven Maijoor, chair of European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), told the audience at the IOMA, World Federation of Exchanges Clearing and Derivatives Conference in Frankfurt on Thursday that there are challenges for the EU’s long pursuit of a single rulebook. Brexit will have a “negative impact” on efforts for market harmonization, as well as the so-called capital market union in the EU. David Wright, chairman of Eurofi Paris and partner at Flint Global, said the United Kingdom will have to be a “rule taker and…

A Difference Maker: Post-trade Clearing Tech Now a Differentiator For Firms Standard

If today’s markets are traded in milliseconds, why can’t post-trade clearing keep up? ION is addressing that with its XTP clearing solution, a near real-time system it has quietly been rolling out since 2015. Last year the product was adopted by a handful of firms. And this year, ION is hoping to see a larger migration of customers to the new platform, which is considered a major upgrade to its Rolfe & Nolan system. It took ION four years to build the system, creating it on top of ION’s core trading technology. The low-profile firm is stepping out a bit…

NEX Stop, The Future Of Markets Standard

Sometimes the machine needs a reboot. Such is the case with NEX Group, the former ICAP group minus the ICAP voice brokerage business. By now, we know that NEX’s CEO Michael Spencer looked to the future and decided that voice brokering wasn’t it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. But it just isn’t what he wants to do with his time or shareholder money. So what’s left? Plenty actually, although it took me a while to figure it out. In a simplistic sense, the company is rolling all of its trading platforms, technology companies and venture capital arm into one…

Keith Todd Steps Down From ION Trading Standard

John Lothian News has learned that Keith Todd, executive chairman, agency trading and processing at ION Trading has stepped down from his role at the company. In an exclusive interview with JLN, he said it was time to step aside after 14 years at the company, which has Ffastfill, Patsystems and Rolfe & Nolan among others under its operations. Altogether, he spent 14 years with the Ffastfill and ION. Todd’s position has been filled by ION’s Silvio Oliviero, who has been working closely with him for the past several years. During Todd’s time at ION and Ffastfill, the company expanded…

JLN Exchange Leader Series 2017: By Leveraging Bats’ Technology, CBOE’s Tilly Wants To Expand Footprint Standard

CBOE Holdings arguably had its biggest year in history in 2016 with the purchase of Bats Global Markets for $3.2 billion. The deal expanded CBOE’s footprint in the securities space in the US and in Europe, plus forex as well. It also provided a new technology platform to keep CBOE competitive. “It’s taking this unique product set and distributing it across a much broader geography with a much more diverse business development platform,” said Ed Tilly, chairman and CEO of CBOE. “So we’re going to leverage that presence in London.” Next, CBOE is turning its attention toward the migration of…