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Roxas is an editor and video production assistant with John Lothian News and John Lothian Productions. He is also a contributor to MarketsWiki.

2016 Exchange CEO Series: CME’s Gill Looking For Customer Efficiencies Standard

CME Group has been focused on global growth, just like every other major exchange. But to get there, the exchange leader believes it has to work with customers to streamline costs so it can expand. In part one of our two-part interview at the FIA Boca Conference, CME CEO Phupinder Gill said that the exchange is working on new ways to address capital efficiencies through products such as cleared swaptions, but also new clearing services that will help institutions reduce collateral. CME is also continuing to work on market disruptors such as blockchain technology, which may change the way in…

Let’s Pause a Moment: Keith Ross Talks Dark Pool Rules and IEX Standard

The addition of high speeds and multiple execution venues has altered the equity market structure in recent years. Now the SEC is weighing in with newly proposed rules on dark pools. Meanwhile, IEX, which rose to fame with Michael Lewis‘ Flash Boys, is trying to move from dark pool to full-fledged exchange. Keith Ross of PDQ Enterprises says transparency is a good thing, and a market pause has its benefits in alternate venues, but as an exchange could create chaos. When the Securities and Exchange Commission published its Regulation National Market System (Reg NMS) in 2005, only a small fraction of…

25 Years – NIBA’s Schramm and Burke Talk History, Growth and Looking Ahead Standard

With the NFA’s creation of Introducing Brokers in 1984, it soon became clear that there was a need for an association for IBs. This newly created group needed a voice and found it with the National Introducing Brokers Association, now celebrating its 25th Anniversary. “The mission is still of education and very much providing a forum for a voice and a way to get our opinions out,” says Melinda Schramm, the NIBA’s founder and chairman. “But the IB community has changed considerably over the years.” While IBs are still all around the country, they’re really value added brokers in today’s…

Germination And Emergence: Allison Yacker on Emerging Manager Seeding Arrangements Standard

In the trading space, much like the rest of the world, some of the best ideas and strategies come from emerging managers, or the “new kids on the block.” The trick is finding the right right win-win partnership to help get them on their way. Today, it is the large managed funds that control most of the assets. A recent study from hedge fund research firm Preqin shows that big funds – those with over a billion under management, manage more than 90 percent of the assets. And last year, the hedge fund space had $3.2 trillion assets under management,…

Utility Player: FIS’ John Avery Sees the Derivatives Utility as a Driver of Innovation Standard

In June of 2015, SunGard, now part of FIS Global, launched its post-trade derivatives utility, which aims to standardize back and middle office operations and technology, with Barclays as its first customer. According to FIS’ John Avery, it is not about commoditization so much as specialization. “If we look at the clearing market as an example, firms are really there to provide their balance sheet and client service, and use that as a differentiation tool,” says Avery. “What we don’t see is a need for those same firms to maintain a book of proprietary technology.” In other words, banks and…

Lisa Dunsky, attorney Sidley Austin Standard

The CFTC’s new Regulation Automated Trading rule proposal aims to prevent self-trading. John Lothian News spoke with Lisa Dunsky, attorney at Sidley Austin, prior to the CFTC’s rule approval to discuss some of the issues surrounding self-trading, as well as how spoofing may factor in.

Mike Forst, director of product management at Trading Technologies on self-matching trades Standard

The CFTC’s new Regulation Automated Trading rule proposal calls for more rules to prevent self-trading. Mike Forst, director of product management at Trading Technologies talks about the issue and how his firm is trying to address it.

Keith Fishe, TradeForecaster Global Markets, FIA Market Technology Division Standard

In the run-up to the CFTC’s move to create new rules for automated trading, the Futures Industry Association and its members engaged in a dialog with the CFTC and developed its own guide, which it published in March 2015. John Lothian News spoke with Keith Fishe, Managing Partner at TradeForecaster Global Markets and a member of the FIA Market Technology Division, Automated Trading Committee to talk about guidelines and what we might see from the US agency.

Leslie Sutphen, president at Financial Markets Consulting LLC co-chair of the FIA Market Technology Division, Automated Trading Committee Standard

In the run-up to the CFTC’s move to create new rules for automated trading, the Futures Industry Association and its members engaged in a dialog with the CFTC and developed its own guide, which it published in March 2015. John Lothian News spoke with Leslie Sutphen, president at Financial Markets Consulting LLC, co-chair of the FIA Market Technology Division, Automated Trading Committee to talk about guidelines and what we might see from the US agency.