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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.

Are we seeing the end of Wall Street and the beginning of a new one? Standard

Silicon Valley icon, investor and entrepreneur Vinod Khosla told an audience last week at the Commonwealth Club of California that technological disruption is coming to most of the top industries in the United States. And while he didn’t mention Wall Street, he could have. “Citibank won’t solve financial inclusion, Square will if anybody does it,” he said. “Volkswagen and GM won’t solve transportation. Whether it’s Waymo or somebody else who does it, it will be a technology driven, non-institutional, ‘let’s break the rules,’ radical kind of approach. This non-institutional way of doing things, though less predictable, is much more fun…

How the Cloud is Disrupting Post-Trade Standard

Sernova Financial, a cloud-based post trade utility, is just starting its second year and Calypso Technologies has just taken a minority stake in the company.  Sernova and Calypso already had a partnership offering cloud-based clearing services. The founders of Sernova came from the clearing divisions of top tier banks, where they found the business wasn’t necessarily cost efficient or revenue-generating. So they decided to take post trade services out of the bank and put it in the cloud as a utility. Jaki Walsh, chief product officer at Sernova, spoke with John Lothian News at the IDX Conference in London this…

What Education Does: How The Financial Industry Can Shape Young Minds And Our Industry’s Future Standard

Coming off two weeks of MarketsWiki Education sessions, it’s time to stop and look at education. It’s hard to believe, but most schools – and let’s stick with high schools in the Chicago area – do not have a financial education program built into their curriculum. What a shame. We demand that kids study, build a foundation to master a subject, and excel in their careers, but almost never teach them how to manage the money they earn. Chicago Public Schools is aiming to change that beginning this fall, with a new requirement that all of its students take a…

The Next Big Thing; Seismic Foundry Aims To Find The Next Disruptors And Leaders In Fintech Standard

Who will be the next big thing in our industry? A new London-based firm is aiming to find it. Seismic Foundry, co-founded by Bill Templer, Brendan Bradley, Cathryn Lyall, Dave Feltes and Jeff Gale, is looking for the next fintech start-up that could become the next superstar in the financial industry. Of course, they are not alone and there are many firms from Chicago to New York to London and beyond that are looking to invest in those firms aiming to solve industry problems and disrupt inefficient sectors. But they are aiming at a slightly different market sector in the…

Round One: How Overstock.com and tzero aim to knock out Wall Street Standard

Tzero using blockchain to trade and settle securities, cutting out the need for stock exchanges and clearinghouses There are fintech disruptors and pioneers and then there are those who want to knock Wall Street off its feet. T0.com,or tzero, is looking to change the way stocks are bought and sold with a vision that changes how markets operate. Joe Cammarata, president of tzero, is no stranger to disruptive technologies on Wall Street. He’s made a living off it. From his involvement in building the first off-exchange equity network, Island ECN for Datek Securities, to the first smart order routing systems…

The Solutions To All Your Post-Trade Problems Standard

The post-trade clearing space is full of new entrants and innovation from incumbents. Firms are looking at everything from collateral management to new back office systems to finding new efficiencies to real-time reporting with current back office systems. John Lothian News spoke with six professionals at the FIA IDX 2017 conference in London earlier this month about solutions to key challenges in the post-trade space today. We first spoke with them about their key problem. JLN spoke with Clive Furness, managing director, Contango Markets, Collin Platt, co-founder, Dpactum, Jaki Walsh, chief product officer, Sernova, John Avery, director, client & industry…

The Problem With Post-Trade Is… Standard

The post-trade clearing space is full of new entrants and innovation from incumbents. Firms are looking at everything from collateral management to new back office systems to finding new efficiencies to real-time reporting with current back office systems. John Lothian News spoke with six professionals at the FIA IDX 2017 conference in London earlier this month about the key problem they see in the post-trade space today. We followed it up with their solutions to that problem. JLN spoke with Clive Furness, managing director, Contango Markets, Collin Platt, co-founder, Dpactum, Jaki Walsh, chief product officer, Sernova, John Avery, director, client…

Cold as ICE: Sprecher asks UK, How much do you love me? Standard

In the battle for financial markets in Europe, exchanges would like some more communication about why they should stay in the UK. To hear one exchange leader tell it, UK markets could use a little more love. At the 10th annual FIA IDX conference on Tuesday, ICE Chairman and CEO Jeff Sprecher said UK regulators have not communicated with ICE much about how they could work together and keep ICE Europe’s operations more firmly in London.  In the wake of Brexit and the upcoming MiFID II rules in January, not to mention the ongoing questions about equivalent financial regulations after…

Meet My Connection: BSO Finding Ways To Connect Traders To Emerging Markets Standard

Archimedes is credited with saying “The shortest distance between two points is a straight line,” but that’s not always the fastest. Michael Ourabah says the fastest route to and from emerging markets is through his network BSO. The firm, effectively started by Ourabah out of his college dorm room in France in 2004, has found its niche in helping connect trading firms, banks, brokers, and technology firms from major financial hubs to developing markets. And with that, revenues have grown from $1 million in year one to more than $25 million. Ourabah looked at the speed race between telecom providers…