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Forrester is a video editor with John Lothian News.

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

Donna Heidkamp – Strive for Self Improvement Standard

“Having the chance to be on the front lines working with the markets is an invaluable experience no matter what you do in the industry, no matter where you end up or what path you take.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Donna Heidkamp, executive director at RJO Futures, talks about her first internship with the CME and how it shaped her future. Heidkamp says high volatility is what the industry needs to keep things moving in a positive direction. When volatility is low, people get antsy and start making emotional decisions.     

Nikolai Larbalestier – Be the Change You Want to See Standard

“Take the opportunity. Take the risk. Understand the risk but go for it anyway. Failure is part of the journey, but success is the reward.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Nikolai Larbalestier, AVP enterprise architect at Nasdaq, discusses three technologies that could potentially disrupt the market: distributed ledger technologies, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing. With the emergence of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, Larbalestier says the technology is there to insure that the exchanges “catch the wave” and are not overrun. The goal at Nasdaq is to use this technology to adapt to the…

The Spread – Week of 12/11 – 12/15 Standard

Our second installation of The Spread! The Spread is a brief recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. The following stories are referenced in this week’s installment: Bloomberg – Robinhood Is Making Even More Trades Free, Taking on the Options Market WSJ – Volatility Is Low But Ambiguity Is Sky High Eurex – Low-Volatility 2017 Marks High Demand for VSTOXX Business Insider – Trader ’50 Cent’ lost $197 million betting on market meltdown CFO – Options Clearing Corp. CFO Focuses on Tech Upgrade MIAX – MIAX Options Exchange Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Carolyn Leonard – Women In Finance Standard

  ” I had brokers with very large decks telling me to my face that they’ve never traded with a woman, they weren’t going to trade with me and that I shouldn’t take it personally… A lot of those same guys became awesome friends, but we had a real rocky start.” In this profile video from John Lothian News, Carolyn Leonard recalls her journey through the volatile world of trading at the Chicago Board Options Exchange beginning in the late ’70s. Leonard started trading after a divorce, with two young children in tow and in need of a fresh start….

Chip Dempsey – Breaking Down Cryptocurrencies Standard

“Personally, I see it as our industry undergoing a new technological reformation, and I think it’s as significant as moving from the trading pits to matching engines.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s Intern Recruiting Event in Chicago, Chip Dempsey, chief commercial officer at OCC, discusses cryptocurrencies and what effect they’ll have on markets. Dempsey says the emergence of cryptocurrencies is the beginning of a new age in finance, and using a shared ledger has enormous cost control implications.