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Rudolph is managing editor of John Lothian News (JLN).

How the Cloud is Disrupting Post-Trade Standard

Sernova Financial, a cloud-based post trade utility, is just starting its second year and Calypso Technologies has just taken a minority stake in the company.  Sernova and Calypso already had a partnership offering cloud-based clearing services. The founders of Sernova came from the clearing divisions of top tier banks, where they found the business wasn’t necessarily cost efficient or revenue-generating. So they decided to take post trade services out of the bank and put it in the cloud as a utility. Jaki Walsh, chief product officer at Sernova, spoke with John Lothian News at the IDX Conference in London this…

On The Move: Vela Makes its second fintech acquisition in the last two months, acquiring Object Trading in addition to the OptionsCity deal that closed in June. Standard

Vela Trading Technologies has been on an acquisition binge since rebranding from its former incarnations as SR Labs and Wombat Financial Software – at least, if you can call two a binge. Less than a month after buying OptionsCity, the fintech company that provided electronic options and futures trading, Vela has announced it will acquire Object Trading, a global direct market access provider located in London. According to Vela’s CEO, Jennifer Nayar, Vela is very strong in the market data space but not as much in direct market access, and the Object Trading acquisition helps Vela to be a “much…

2017 Sullivan Award Winner Gina McFadden Looks Back at a Long and Lively Career Standard

At this year’s Options Industry Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, Gina McFadden received the 2017 Joseph W. Sullivan Options Industry Achievement Award, the first woman to do so since the award began in May 2002. McFadden, the former president of the OIC, joined the company about a year after it first got off the ground, so she was involved with its early growth, developing the organization’s first advertising campaign. “It was marketing and education, and it was for a great reason. But it was work to get it off the ground,” she said. The options exchanges were of course competitors, but…

Context for Compliance: The Big (Bad) Behavior Picture Standard

Analyzing all the trading data out there is difficult, especially for regulatory purposes. Compliance officers have to take the big picture into account when examining data for bad behavior in the markets. Jim Austin, the CEO of Vertex Analytics, Inc., announced that it was National Bring Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day during his FinTech Exchange Conference presentation, and put some children to work on stage to demonstrate the evolution from pit to screen trading and the importance of compliance officers. “Everyone knows the floor is not there anymore,” Austin said. “But all that was tracked back then was…

Trading Fortunes Depend on a Mysterious Antenna in an Empty Field; Goldman Sachs’s Waning Dark Pool Revamped to Woo More Trades; An Algorithm, an ETF and an Academic Study Walk Into a Bar Standard

First Read All Together Now: Exchange Leaders Call For Cooperative Approach To Changing Market Structure Jim Kharouf – JLN U.S. equity options leaders said today’s market structure needs fixing and vowed to work together to address it at the Options Industry Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Among some of the structural problems are a perceived lack of liquidity, a rigid regulatory structure that has supported the fragmentation of markets, and a concentration of volume on a relatively small number of listings. Kevin Kennedy, who serves as senior vice president, head of U.S. options at Nasdaq, called for the exchanges and participants…

There’s one big trading company that’s loving all this uncertainty (CBOE); Buying Into the Turmoil: Investors Embrace the Risks; The VIX Is Broken, But Does It Matter? Standard

Observations & Insight Options Industry Conference Update: Congress Continues To Push For Avoiding Unintended Consequences in Tax and Dodd-Frank reforms By Jim Kharouf and Jeff Bergstrom, JLN The 35th Annual Options Industry Conference kicked off on Wednesday with a major focus on Washington, especially on a host of new proposals on tax and Dodd-Frank reforms. The conference, hosted by Intercontinental Exchange’s NYSE in Scottsdale, Arizona, led with an interview with Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY 23rd District) who outlined initiatives to address tax reform in 2017. Reed told OCC’s Executive Chairman and CEO Craig Donohue that the tax reform may have…

Hedge Funds Facing U.S. Criminal Probe Over Bond Valuations; Deutsche Börse expands its offer for start-ups; The Volcker Rule: How Trump’s New Regulator May Unleash Big Banks Standard

First Read Options Industry Conference Update: Congress Continues To Push For Avoiding Unintended Consequences in Tax and Dodd-Frank reforms By Jim Kharouf and Jeff Bergstrom, JLN The 35th Annual Options Industry Conference kicked off on Wednesday with a major focus on Washington, especially on a host of new proposals on tax and Dodd-Frank reforms. The conference, hosted by Intercontinental Exchange’s NYSE in Scottsdale, Arizona, led with an interview with Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY 23rd District) who outlined initiatives to address tax reform in 2017. Reed told OCC’s Executive Chairman and CEO Craig Donohue that the tax reform may have enough…

Two Sigma Agrees to Buy Interactive Brokers’ Options Market-Making Arm; Markets Are Doing Nothing, and Investors Have Nowhere to Hide; It’s not just the VIX – low volatility is everywhere Standard

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Four JLN team members are out in sunny Arizona for the Options Industry Conference, which gets underway officially today. Jim Kharouf, Spencer Doar, Jeff Bergstrom and Patrick Lothian are covering the conference for JLN and will be conducting interviews, including with option exchange leaders. Our coverage so far has included a two-part preview interview with OCC Executive Chairman and CEO Craig Donohue. They can be seen here and here Across the pond, Patrick Thornton-Smith has left Duco and the City and has signed on as a non-executive director with Cult…

Two Sigma to acquire Interactive Brokers’ US options arm; Comey’s Firing Is a Crisis of American Rule of Law; Cinnober to acquire market surveillance firm Ancoa Standard

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Four JLN team members are out in sunny Arizona for the Options Industry Conference, which gets underway officially today. Jim Kharouf, Spencer Doar, Jeff Bergstrom and Patrick Lothian are covering the conference for JLN and will be conducting interviews, including with option exchange leaders. Our coverage so far has included a two-part preview interview with OCC Executive Chairman and CEO Craig Donohue. The can be seen here and here Across the pond, Patrick Thornton-Smith has left Duco and the City and has signed on as a non-executive director with Cult Wines…