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Building a Foundation – JB Mackenzie Standard

“Ask yourself if you’d be interested in an operations or compliance job. Because that gives you a foundation to help you excel.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, JB Mackenzie, director of futures and forex at TD Ameritrade, talks about the importance of understanding every detail about the technology influencing your industry of choice and how it can be a useful springboard for a successful career.   Mackenzie went to college in hopes of becoming a doctor, but after taking organic chemistry, he realized it wasn’t for him. He went into consulting in New…

From Golfing to Trading: Decision-Making is Key – Rich Mackey Standard

“When you treat everyone fairly, you inspire loyalty.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Rich Mackey, executive vice president, strategic initiatives for Rosenthal Collins Group, reminisces about his time as a caddie and how it prepared him for a career in finance.  Mackey caddied in the Western Open as a high schooler for Jim Colbert, a PGA legend, which helped him realize the difference between being good and great is the amount of hustle you put in everyday. Mackey stresses the importance of a great reputation because early in his career it served as the…

Five Steps to Creating Wealth – Terry Savage Standard

“Don’t bet against America.  America will survive and prosper and so will you if you plan, save and invest.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, personal finance expert Terry Savage spoke about wealth creation. Savage said everyone has a money personality, but whether you’re a saver or a spender you can set up systems to negate the angst your money can cause. To Savage, the keys to successful wealth creation are self-discipline and self-awareness.  

The Impact of Global Finance – Bryan Durkin Standard

“As you journey onward, it’s not always about the next promotion . When your colleagues or boss suggest that you make a lateral move, take it. Don’t just sit there and ask what’s in it for me.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Bryan Durkin, president of CME Group, discusses the impact of global finance and how everyone from farmers to asset managers flocks to the CME because it represents the broadest array of asset classes in virtually every aspect of commodities. Durkin preaches the importance of networking and perseverance and reminds everyone not…

Why You Should Bet Your Career on Chicago FinTech – Michael Kraines Standard

“Twenty years ago it was about consolidation. It was about exchanges being smashed together and brokerages being smashed together. Now it’s going to be about technology being added to these traditional old school businesses.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Michael Kraines, chief financial officer and chief commercial officer of Trading Technologies, discusses the growing Chicago fintech landscape and why the field can be a solid career choice. Kraines points out investment in Chicago fintech in the first half of 2017 has nearly matched the total from all of 2016. In 2016, venture capitalists…

Grasp Your Opportunities and Adapt – Tom Sexton Standard

“Our markets here are the envy of the world because they are regulated in a very fair and orderly manner.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Tom Sexton, president and CEO of the National Futures Association, discusses what opportunities lie in the regulatory arena. Sexton asks that when you look at all the different areas of finance, think about regulation and how important it is to not only the U.S. markets, but markets all around the world.

Change the Game – Tom Sosnoff Standard

“The U.S markets are the global hub of liquidity. That’s why they’re so wonderful. So when you get truly liquid markets, you have very accurate expected value.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Tom Sosnoff, co-CEO of tastytrade, maps out the importance of decision making. Trading is one of the few industries where you have the ability to make an unlimited number of decisions with both emotional and monetary outcomes. Sosnoff says the most important thing you can do as a recent graduate is monetize your know-how. The more valuable you are to your…

Seeking Opportunity Everywhere in the Market – JJ Kinahan Standard

“The greatest expression I’ve ever heard is, ‘The harder I work, the more opportunity I get.’” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, JJ Kinahan, managing director and chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade, talks about seizing opportunity in every corner of the markets. Kinahan grew up in a large Irish-American family, and figured he would become a carpenter or an electrician. Instead, he landed a job at the CBOE one summer and never looked back. Kinahan says in the early part of his career he was never the smartest guy in the room,…

What Opportunities Does Unstructured Data Present? – Joe Gits Standard

“Financial professionals spend about 80 percent of their time managing data, and only about 20 percent of their time generating excess return for each giving unit of risk.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, Joe Gits, CEO of Social Market Analytics, breaks down how unstructured data can benefit your trading.  Social media posts, news articles and blogs are all sources of potential market moving information. The trick is parsing through all of the data and using it to your advantage. Gits reveals how market participants can stay ahead of the curve using unstructured…