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Rudolph is the managing editor and head of editorial operations at John Lothian News (JLN).

Five Minutes with Thomas Krantz Standard

Thomas Krantz is Secretary General of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), a trade organization representing the vast majority of global exchange-traded business. He has been with the federation since 1997. He recently spoke with JLN editor Sarah Rudolph about the mission of the WFE and the challenges of the current regulatory landscape. Q: Tell me a little about the World Federation of Exchanges. What is its mission? You mentioned you do “advocacy, not lobbying.” What is the difference? A: We have been doing advocacy for many years. By that I mean trying to influence broad policy debates without getting…

Mary Savoie of the Options Industry Council Standard

An Interview with Mary Savoie of the Options Industry Council Mary Savoie was recently named executive director of the Options Industry Council (OIC). She is also first vice president, Industry Services for OCC. She spoke with JLN Options editor Sarah Rudolph about her new role and OIC’s educational efforts. Q: How will your role change with your recent promotion to executive director of the Options Industry Council? A: I’ll be taking on more high-level management responsibilities and be more involved in our international programs as well as overseeing continued growth in the existing programs. Q. Can you tell me more…

Five Minutes with Jim Seligman, Beta Manager at MEB Options Standard

Jim Seligman is Beta Manager and a senior strategist at MEB Options, an institutional commissioned brokerage firm located in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. JLN Options editor Sarah Rudolph met up with him at the Options Industry Conference in Savannah to discuss the release of ‘Click to Trade’, MEB Options’ new proprietary technology designed for its clients. Q: MEB announced a new product to coincide with the Options Industry Conference in Savannah. Could you discuss the announcement? A: ‘Click to Trade’ is our new proprietary technology, and we’re rolling out 2.0 on Monday. It’s not a no-touch solution; it’s a…

A talk with Fraser Reid, Vice President, North America at Actant Standard

Fraser Reid is vice president, North America at Actant, a privately held software company founded in 1998 and headquartered in Zug, Switzerland. He met with JLN Options editor Sarah Rudolph at the Options Industry Conference in Savannah to talk about Actant’s newest product and the challenges in a changing options industry. Q: Tell me a little about Actant? A: We’ve been in the business of solutions for options for more than ten years, at least five or six of those in the U.S. in a dominant fashion. We were first to go to the trading floors as a vendor when…

Five Minutes with David Stocken Standard

David Stocken

David Stocken is Senior Manager, Institutional Sales, at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). He sat down with Sarah Rudolph at the Options Industry Conference in Savannah to talk about some recent changes to ASX’s market structure and opportunities for US institutional investors to trade ASX options. Q: Tell me a little about what you guys are doing at ASX? A: The Australian Exchange is at the conference for two reasons. We want to promote the SEC relief that we have over our market and we want to promote some significant market structure changes we have recently made. ASX has received…

Interview: Lawrence G. McMillan, 2011 Sullivan Award recipient Standard

Interview: Lawrence G. McMillan, 2011 Sullivan Award recipient Lawrence G. (“Larry”) McMillan is this year’s recipient of the Joseph W. Sullivan Options Industry Achievement Award, to be presented at the 29th Annual Options Industry Conference in Savannah this week. He is also the author of Options as a Strategic Investment and the president of McMillan Analysis Corporation, which he founded in 1991. He spoke with JLN Options editor Sarah Rudolph in advance of the conference, which begins May 12. Q: Congratulations on receiving the Joseph W. Sullivan Options Industry Achievement Award. You will be in good company. You have been…

A Chat with Ed Van, CME Member Standard

CME Group recently announced that they would launch Weekly Options on Agricultural Futures starting May 23. The exchange said the contracts are designed to help users manage existing option positions and give them new opportunities to trade high impact economic events. The new weekly options will be offered for corn, soybeans, and wheat futures. JLN Options editor Sarah Rudolph spoke with Ed Van, a broker in the corn options pit at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, about how the new products will work and what he thinks they will bring to customers, as well as his experience in the corn options…

A Talk with Jim Lubin, consultant for the CBOE Futures Exchange Standard

Jim Lubin is a consultant with the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE) focusing on the CTA community and VIX futures. He spoke with JLN Options editor Sarah Rudolph about how managers are using the VIX products in their portfolios, different ways of diversifying, and how the CTA business has changed since the crisis of 2008. Q: What led you to focus on VIX futures? A: During most of my career I have had some involvement with the CTA community. My objective in joining the CBOE and principally the CFE has been to leverage my experience and knowledge within the managed futures…

Interview: Thomas A. Wittman, Senior Vice President of NASDAQ OMX and Head of US Options Standard

An interview with Thomas A. Wittman, Senior Vice President of NASDAQ OMX and Head of US Options Thomas A. Wittman is Senior Vice President of NASDAQ OMX and Head of US Options, which is part of NASDAQ OMX Group’s US Transaction Services business. Based in Philadelphia, PA, he manages the NASDAQ OMX PHLX operation and oversees the day to day responsibilities for both PHLX and NOM markets. He spoke with JLN Options editor Sarah Rudolph about Nasdaq OMX’s growth strategies, new products, and the Qualified Contingent Cross. [See related story on ISE in Lead Stories] Q: How long have you…