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Guest Commentary from ELX’s Neal Wolkoff Standard

Neal L. Wolkoff

Guest Commentary from ELX’s Neal Wolkoff: John, ELX Futures, a new electronic futures exchange, launched barely more than a week ago, and yesterday matched well over three percent of US Treasury futures volume. While I appreciate the prominence of being the lead item in your widely read column, there are a few items that I believe need to be clarified. First, intermarket arbitrage is new to the futures industry because markets have consolidated to the point where arbitrage can only be conducted between futures and other financial sectors like cash or securities. However, in equity options and cash equities, a…

Five Minutes with Scott Brusso Standard

Scott A. Brusso is a director of foreign exchange (FX) for the CME Group. He was appointed to this position in July of 2007 after working in the area of currency product marketing for the exchange since the early 90s. Brusso, who coaches kids in gymnastics and baseball in his free time, recently talked with MarketsWiki‘s Christine Nielsen about the evolution of CME Group‘s Forex products and his assimilation into a financial market position after rather comfortably traveling the world. Q: How did you get your start in the financial industry? Was it always your goal to be involved with…

Five Minutes with Tom Price Standard

Walter Thomas (Tom) Price, III wears many hats. He is chairman, president, CEO and sole shareholder of Price Futures Group, Inc. and Price Asset Management, Inc. He is also a principal investor in Uhlmann Price Securities, chief executive of Beeland Management Co., which manages investment products and accounts based upon the Rogers International Commodities Index (RICI). In addition, he is chairman, president, director and sole shareholder of Atrium Securities, Inc., a registered broker-dealer. Price has been involved in the securities, cash commodities and commodity futures markets for more than 40 years as both a trader for his own account and…

Five Minutes with Eugene Kunda Standard

Eugene Kunda is the visiting assistant director and research associate with the Office for Futures and Options Research (OFOR) in the department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois – a Land Grant University. As part of his work, he coordinates the daily operations of OFOR. On Apr. 20 to 21, he taught an Ag Markets Workshop at the Illini Center in downtown Chicago along with agriculture market consultant Sue Goll. The workshop aimed to provide an in-depth update on the latest trends in the world agricultural marketplace, grain flow, transportation, regulation, hedging, basis trading, spreads, markets…

Five Minutes with Rob Newhouse (April 2009) Standard

Rob Newhouse

Robert Newhouse co-founded Ballista Securities in 2007 as a block trading facility for the equity options market. The company received Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) approval as a broker/dealer in August 2008 and live trading on the Ballista ATS platform began on Oct. 28, 2008. Newhouse spoke with MarketsWiki editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf about the company, block trading and where the Ballista name came from. Also see: Five Minutes with Rob Newhouse (July 2012) Q: How did you get started in the business? A: When I was 14 and in high school, my dad helped me get a job as a…

Five Minutes with Paul Meier Standard

Paul Meier

Paul Meier is the chairman of the Swiss Futures and Options Association (SFOA). He joined the board of SFOA in 1997 and became its chairman in 2001. Meier, now 62, will officially retire in April from his position as a director of UBS Investment Bank in Zurich, where he’s worked in management and education in the exchange-traded derivatives area since 1985. He will continue in his position at the SFOA. He spoke recently with MarketsWiki’s Christine Marie Nielsen and shared some thoughts about his life and career path. Q: You’ve been with UBS since 1985. How do you plan to…

Five Minutes with David Webber Standard

Patsystems has gone from a struggling startup to a successful business that is cash rich and debt free in turbulent economic times. “Pats” recently launched Risk Monitor, a superfast pre-trade risk monitoring system, and the company is looking for acquisitions. David Webber, who took over as CEO in January of 2006, was instrumental in turning the company around. He took a few moments away from the Boca FIA conference to talk with JLN editor Sarah Rudolph. Q: You started out in accounting. How did you get into the trading software business? A: I was a manager at Price Waterhouse, and…

Five Minutes with Even~Keel Trading Standard

Long-time trader and analyst Mark Paulik and clinical psychologist Ken Celiano – the Batman and Robin of trading performance coaching, according to Paulik – formed Even~Keel Trading about six years ago to blend their talents to foster both psychological and financial endurance in their clients. Since then, the dynamic duo has embarked upon creating classes as part of a certificate program with Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies. They recently chatted with JLN senior editor/producer Christine Marie Nielsen to discuss their work. Q: How did the two of you get involved with the financial industry? What led you to your…

Five Minutes With Jim Johanik Standard

Jim Johanik

Jim Johanik is the chief marketing officer for TradeHelm, an offshoot of Greenline Financial Technologies that is a provider of institutional and proprietary algorithmic and correlation trading systems. Previously, Johanik was with LIFFE and the CME. He completed his undergraduate degree at Wheaton College in 1994 and began to pursue a master’s degree in mathematics. Johanik recently discussed his career and life with John Lothian News senior editor/producer Christine Marie Nielsen. Q: How did you get involved with the financial industry? A: About a quarter of the way through the (master’s) program three things happened: I became engaged to my…