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

Attention To Detail: High Performance Requires Hard Work – Rolf Andersson, Goldman Sachs Standard

“I can’t stress enough the importance of being really good at software in one form or another, whether it’s managing, running projects or sponsoring projects.” Rolf Andersson of Goldman Sachs is a software architect, and he says that software is taking over the world. But all the competition out there is making it much harder to innovate than it was a number of years ago. You have to have a good idea, plus the stamina and expertise and experience. And a good team. Although there are a number of factors one has to take into account when designing software, such…

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Blockchain But Were Afraid to Ask – Johan Toll, Nasdaq Standard

“Instead of having the financial economy we see today with a lot of intermediaries, local custodians and global banks, this could all be replaced by a peer-to-peer community. It’s a massive revolution that probably will happen to our financial industry.” Nasdaq’s Johan Toll became a blockchain expert almost by accident. In April of 2014 he sent an article about blockchain from a Swedish technology magazine around to his business unit, saying, “I think this is something interesting we should start looking into.” A couple of weeks later someone from sales called him and said he had a client who was…

Is FinTech a Threat to Banks? – Evelin Kaup, Nordnet Standard

“Yes, fintech is a threat to banks. It’s disturbing the industry – but for the better. It’s speeding up the banks so they need to adapt faster, and we need to run faster to stay around.” Evelin Kaup of Nordnet said the question of whether fintech is a threat to banks is being discussed at nearly every industry event these days. So far, the fintech companies have said yes while the banks have been saying no. But that may be changing. The threat from fintech companies is that they can offer what the banks’ customers want, but without all the…

Stockholm: The Origin and Global Leader of Transaction Technology – Peter Fredriksson, Baymarkets Standard

“The market has moved from transaction to a lot of other parts of the transaction chain – to pre-trade, post-trade, clearing and post-clearing.” Peter Fredriksson, CEO of Baymarkets, says OM, the company that eventually became Nasdaq OMX, basically invented transaction technology. In his view, Stockholm and more broadly, Sweden, have been pioneers in automating the financial markets and making them more efficient. Stockholm was even early in the exchange merger and acquisition space, paving the way for OM to acquire the Stockholm Stock Exchange. And that led to industry innovators like ORC (now Itiviti), Sungard (now FIS) and TriOptima (now…

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….