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

CFTC Commissioner Bowen Outlines Disruptive Derivatives Developments at Brodsky Family Lecture Standard

The fate of financial regulations, and specifically the Dodd-Frank Act, under the Trump administration is one of the biggest questions facing the industry and investors.  CFTC Commissioner Sharon Bowen addressed that question in a speech at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law last night as part of the Brodsky Family JD-MBA Lecture Series. Bowen earned her law degree at Northwestern’s Law School and is a strong supporter of the school. In addition to her role at the CFTC, she was also acting head of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, chartered by Congress to help protect U.S. investors from brokerage…

Eris Keeps Pace With Evolving Swaps Markets With New Hire, George Harrington Standard

As the interest rate swaps market continues to evolve, Eris Exchange is keeping pace. Eris, the U.S. futures exchange that offers interest rate swap futures as an alternative to OTC swaps, has made a new hire to help bring in more big OTC participants. George Harrington previously headed Bloomberg Markets and oversaw Bloomberg’s SEF, MTF, and Japanese ETP regulated trading platforms, so he has plenty of experience with the regulations that led to a boom in SEFs and the futurization of interest rate swaps. At Eris, he will focus on working across the execution management and order management systems to…

Michael Kraines Brings 25 Years of Strategy Experience as Trading Technologies’ New CFO Standard

It’s time for some strategic thinking. Trading Technologies has announced the hiring of its first ever chief financial officer, Michael Kraines. Kraines has been in the fintech business for more than 25 years. Though he knows technology, his background is “really very externally facing,” he said in an interview with JLN. His forte is putting people and companies together, and he hopes to add more partnerships, joint ventures and alliances to TT. “I’m a strategy guy and have a background looking at competitive positioning within the fintech sector. Over the months ahead, my goal is to look at the business…

Downey’s Money.net Takes FIA Innovator Award Standard

Market data and information service looks to disrupt the Bloomberg and Reuters space with new ultra-low priced offering The winner of the FIA’s first ever competition for Innovator of the Year at the 2016 Expo in Chicago was Money.net, which was chosen by a panel of industry experts from 18 finalist companies picked from a larger group of fintech applicants. The company, started in 2014 by CEO Morgan Downey, aims to provide the same type of market information as Bloomberg and Reuters for 1/15 of the cost. Money.net is trying to disrupt the market information space, which pulls in $26…

Women in Fintech Panel at Expo Highlights Problems and Solutions Standard

Both women and men gave high marks to the Women in Listed Derivatives-sponsored panel on Women Who Shape Fintech, moderated by Diane Saucier, the president of WILD and client relationship manager at Fitch Learning. Some of the takeaways were: There is still a “confidence gap” between men and women. For example, women are often hesitant to apply for a particular job unless they meet 100 percent of the qualification requirements, whereas men often take a chance even if they only meet 70 percent. Only about 7 percent of entrepreneurs getting funding are women. And there are even fewer in fintech….

William O’Brien Standard

William O’Brien stepped down as the president of BATS Global Markets on Tuesday. He joined the company after serving as CEO of Direct Edge before it merged with BATS January 2014.  

FIA’s Walt Lukken on Reg AT and the 2016 Agenda Standard

Walt Lukken, president and CEO of the FIA, spoke with JLN about what is in store for the rest of the year at the trade organization. The FIA has been coordinating with 10 working groups on what upcoming rules about automated trading (Reg AT) should look like for the futures industry. Lukken said that the FIA believes it would be best to break Reg AT into two more manageable parts.  The first portion would focus on getting pre-trade risk controls up to snuff, and the second part would delve into the more contentious parts of Reg AT, such as definitions…

MarketsWiki Education Series in Chicago, Day Two Standard

If you want to know where technology is going and how to navigate your way through, Thursday’s MarketsWiki Education event was the place to be. Drew Shields, chief technology officer at Trading Technologies, started the second day of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series by challenging another packed house of interns to resist falling in line with the status quo.  Shields knows firsthand how far hunger and initiative can get you in this industry. He’s chief technology officer at a premier technology firm and never took a course in engineering or capital markets in his life. But employers saw his…

MarketsWiki Education Hits Interns With Risks, Technology, Volunteerism, Office Space and Bricks Standard

Tuesday marked the first session of our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in Chicago. The event drew a standing room only crowd of 160 at the CME Group auditorium. The event kicked off with Rob D’Arco, CEO of Rival Systems, who hammered home the intrinsic advantage the interns have over current industry professionals, as every intern in the room is considered a digital native. Taking advantage of that intrinsic knowledge and then pairing it with a deep understanding of market structure is essential for this coming generation. He encouraged everyone to look for the chance to make something their…