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Riding the Regtech Wave with Voice Tech – Nader Shwayhat, GreenKey Technologies Standard

There are a number of angles playing into the evolution of GreenKey Technologies’ voice recognition business over the past year. The consumer sector saw the continued rise of voice assistants – who doesn’t know Alexa? Advancements in machine learning allowed GreenKey to develop its technology in ways impossible four years ago. Regulatory edicts forced companies to continue to up their compliance game and the big data boom continued to push firms to unlock information already contained in-house. Moreover, Greenkey’s relationships with IPC and OpenFin show the company’s willingness to collaborate to expand its reach. In this seventh video from JLN’s…

Bringing Crypto To The In(stitutional) Crowd – Rick Lane, Trading Technologies Standard

Rick Lane, CEO of Trading Technologies, hits the nail on the head when he says that you can’t walk the halls of a conference like FIA Boca and not hear murmurs of “crypto” just about everywhere you go. In this third video of JLN’s annual series with industry leaders, Lane talks more about TT’s work with GDAX in the cryptocurrency space and the necessity for industry service providers to harness the copious amounts of data they love to talk about. Produced by Mike Forrester Interview by Jim Kharouf

2017’s Low Volatility Was Not a Problem – Julie Winkler, CME Standard

The industry will remember 2017 for the lack of volatility in markets despite global geopolitical uncertainty. But as the CME Group’s many new volume records show, that low vol regime didn’t seem to hurt the demand for risk mitigation on its platforms. In this second video of JLN’s annual series with industry leaders, CME Chief Commercial Officer Julie Winkler talks about the successful return of the Russell 2000 suite of products (CME’s largest sales campaign to date), the launch of bitcoin futures, the upcoming launch of the exchange’s Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) futures and the continuing issues with the…

Brexit, Bitcoin and Benchmarks – Garry Jones Standard

Former Liffe and LME CEO Garry Jones kicks off JLN’s annual series of interviews with industry leaders at FIA Boca. In this year’s series of some 20 videos, executives from exchanges, fintech companies and service providers give their outlook on the coming year and state of the industry.  Jones, no longer under his LME non-compete, talks about the challenge of Brexit, the hurdles facing cryptocurrency trading in Europe and the potential effects of new Chinese product launches on global benchmarks.  Produced by Mike Forrester Interview by John Lothian

The Spread – The (Out)Take from FIA Boca Standard

After much travel and a spell of ill health, we can confidently say The Spread is back in action. Our “weekly” options news recap will be much more of a weekly affair now. (Flu season is pretty much over, right?) The JLN crew was at FIA Boca last week and your humble host really struggled without our usual teleprompter rig. As such, welcome to a rambling, stumbling version of The Spread that includes some outtakes from my poor pool performance. If you just want the behind the scenes action, skip to the last minute. The following are stories referenced in…

An Update on the Consolidated Audit Trail Standard

At STAC’s 92nd Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, JLN spoke with Shane Swanson, chief compliance officer with Thesys CAT LLC, about the state of the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT). The CAT will be a large trade data repository for options and equities used for surveillance and tracking. Thesys CAT is the recently formed subsidiary of Thesys Technologies tasked with developing the CAT. The plan was intended to go live in November 2017, but as the date neared, the SROs put in a one year exemptive request. While the SEC has not granted the request, it did agree to work toward a new…

The Spread – Week of 1/1/18 Standard

A new year, a new Spread! The Spread is a brief recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode of The Spread: Bloomberg – Five Things We Learned About MiFID II on Its First Day at Work OCC – OCC 2017 Total Cleared Contract Volume Up Four Percent, Third Highest Volume Year Ever The New York Times – When Forecasters Get It Wrong: Always See It Market – SKEW Index Continues To Diverge From VIX Index Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management – How Do Traders Respond to Off-Hour…

The Spread – Week of 12/18 Standard

The Spread is a brief recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. This is Episode 3 and an improvement on “Revenge of the Sith.” The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode: WSJ – A Million-Dollar Bet That Bitcoin Will Hit $50,000 JLN – Seed CX Swaps Hemp For Cryptocurrencies OCC – Advocating for a stronger U.S. options market Reuters – LCH begins credit options clearing Bloomberg – Trader Turns $60 Million Profit in Sharpest Bond Selloff of 2017