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D is for Data: FinTech Exchange Standard

The sold-out FinTech Exchange conference, hosted by Barchart, was largely about data – what to do with data, how exchanges are capturing new data and how to trade it. That, on its surface, isn’t particularly new. But the infrastructure to capture all kinds of data is now developed. The CME Group’s Julie Armstrong Menacho colorfully outlined how the exchange has migrated all of its historical data onto the cloud, giving customers greater access to it, along with a growing list of partners who provide alternative data sets like satellite images of oil storage facilities or social media sentiment. CBOE’s Catherine…

The future of futures markets: Exchanges looking to fail fast Standard

Andreas Preuss, deputy CEO, Deutsche Boerse had a show stopper. At the IOMA: World Federation Exchanges conference in Frankfurt on Friday, he said his exchange will have to speed up its business processes exponentially in the next two to three years in order to thrive. Implementing products and services from beginning to release will go from today’s 18 months to 4 days. Yes, you read that correctly. And no, no one in the audience was laughing. “The old way was seven months of iterations of prototypes,” Preuss said. “In the world I am aiming at, the business IT and operations…

Testing the Waters: Blockchain Technology is Edging into the Exchange Space Standard

By now, the hype surrounding digital ledger technology has subsided into reality. The reality, however, is that initial blockchain-based solutions are on the way. The hysteria that blockchain was going to be the big disruptor that puts clearinghouses out of business is essentially over. What is sprouting up instead are some interesting projects that are much more targeted at markets and sectors that beg for technological advancement. At the IOMA: WFE Conference in Frankfurt, Anton Govor, managing director and head of strategy for Moscow Exchange Group said the exchange has developed a working digital ledger-based proxy voting product. It is…

Chess Moves: Can Exchange M&A Really Make Shareholders And Customers Happy? Standard

I put CBOE’s John Deters on the spot. “Do you care about your customers, John?” I asked. “Yes, we care very much about our customers,” he replied. As chief strategy officer and head of multi-asset class solutions at CBOE Holdings, Deters really does care about them.  But that is a question end users often ask about exchanges today, especially as we look at the M&A activity in the stock, futures and options space. On a panel I moderated at the IOMA: WFE Conference in Frankfurt, we addressed the issue of consolidation with Deters as the lone exchange representative, Gedon Hertshten,…

The Tough Question: What Will European Markets Look Like In Two Years? Standard

Markets continue to struggle with the prospects of a new political future and structure. Steven Maijoor, chair of European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), told the audience at the IOMA, World Federation of Exchanges Clearing and Derivatives Conference in Frankfurt on Thursday that there are challenges for the EU’s long pursuit of a single rulebook. Brexit will have a “negative impact” on efforts for market harmonization, as well as the so-called capital market union in the EU. David Wright, chairman of Eurofi Paris and partner at Flint Global, said the United Kingdom will have to be a “rule taker and…

Jim Oliff is Good to Go Standard

When Jim Oliff resigned from the CME Group board a couple of weeks ago several friends reached out to him to check on his health. They figured such a sudden exit from the CME board of directors after 31 years must be because of a health problem. That is not the case. Jim Oliff is healthy, wealthy and wise. The wealthy and wise parts are a combination of being a CME member and having earned a wealth of experience and industry knowledge from his years as a key insider at the CME during its ascendency over the last 30+ years….

A Difference Maker: Post-trade Clearing Tech Now a Differentiator For Firms Standard

If today’s markets are traded in milliseconds, why can’t post-trade clearing keep up? ION is addressing that with its XTP clearing solution, a near real-time system it has quietly been rolling out since 2015. Last year the product was adopted by a handful of firms. And this year, ION is hoping to see a larger migration of customers to the new platform, which is considered a major upgrade to its Rolfe & Nolan system. It took ION four years to build the system, creating it on top of ION’s core trading technology. The low-profile firm is stepping out a bit…

GreenKey CEO Focused on Using the Cloud for Next-Gen Voice Broking Data Standard

For years people have been predicting the demise of voice broking, but to a great extent what has happened is smaller voice broker desks are doing the same amount of work. This calls for more efficiency and a creative use of technology, according to Nader Shwayhat, the CEO of Green Key Technologies. Since the company began, GreenKey has focused on combining voice and data, and in 2017 they plan to start extracting data within voice conversations and integrating it into customers’ screens. For the most part, Shwayhat said, only about 10 percent of the information from voice conversations ever makes…

Paxos using blockchain to fix problems in capital intensive businesses Standard

Charles Cascarilla, CEO of the fintech company Paxos, says the current way of dealing with back and middle office post-trade processes is too manpower-intensive and is hindering businesses. He believes blockchain is the solution to some of the problems affecting capital-intensive businesses. Since the financial crisis, exchanges have eliminated 10 percent of costs out of the front office but only five percent out of the back and middle office, because firms are using old technology, Cascarilla said. Enter blockchain, a distributed ledger that lets everyone use a shared books and records system, getting rid of the need for different firms…