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SIX Turns 10: SIX’s Urs Rüegsegger Says the Vertical Model and Interoperability Works Standard

Ten years ago, SIX Group was formed in a merger between SWX Group, Telekurs Group and SIS Group, creating a new vertical business model. Urs Rüegsegger, chairman of SIX Swiss Exchange, helped lead that transition and growth as CEO of the exchange for nine years before stepping down last December. JLN’s Jim Kharouf sat down with Rüegsegger at the WFE’s IOMA Conference in Chicago to talk about how SIX and its clearing business has grown over the past decade. SIX Group’s exchange, clearinghouse and other business lines, including credit card transaction processing, have grown steadily over the past decade. Its…

Nandini Sukumar Explains the WFE’s Mission and Vision Standard

Nandini Sukumar took the reins as CEO of the World Federation of Exchanges in 2015. Under her leadership, the 57-year-old organization has been revitalized and its membership now represents more than 200 market infrastructure providers. She spoke with JLN’s Jim Kharouf about how WFE approaches key issues facing exchanges, clearing houses and other market participants. She said one of the organization’s main points of focus, now 10 years since the 2008 financial crisis, is maintaining trust in the exchange space. Produced by Mike Forrester    

Cross-Border Concerns – Jonathan Jachym, LSEG Standard

When Jonathan Jachym started at the London Stock Exchange Group stateside about three years ago, there were some 250 employees, most based in new York. Now, the group’s head of North American regulatory strategy and government relations has some 700 U.S.-based coworkers in six different locations. The personnel growth was matched in 2017 with revenue up across all core businesses, with its FTSE Russell and LCH arms doing particularly well. In this video from JLN’s annual series with industry leaders, Jachym talks about compression becoming a natural part of a swap’s trading life cycle, how the group benefits from passive…

Myths and Misconceptions Surrounding Artificial Intelligence Standard

“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.” -Alan Turing in 1950’s seminal “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” While it feels like only recently that company after company, in industry after industry, has started deploying some variety of “machine learning” or “deep learning” or “artificial intelligence” in their marketing materials and new initiatives, technologists and academics have been talking about the field for decades. But with this recent proliferation of use cases comes the unavoidable confusion over what the terms actually mean in practice. Is there a black box with…

Donna Heidkamp – Strive for Self Improvement Standard

“Having the chance to be on the front lines working with the markets is an invaluable experience no matter what you do in the industry, no matter where you end up or what path you take.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Donna Heidkamp, executive director at RJO Futures, talks about her first internship with the CME and how it shaped her future. Heidkamp says high volatility is what the industry needs to keep things moving in a positive direction. When volatility is low, people get antsy and start making emotional decisions.     

Nikolai Larbalestier – Be the Change You Want to See Standard

“Take the opportunity. Take the risk. Understand the risk but go for it anyway. Failure is part of the journey, but success is the reward.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Nikolai Larbalestier, AVP enterprise architect at Nasdaq, discusses three technologies that could potentially disrupt the market: distributed ledger technologies, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing. With the emergence of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, Larbalestier says the technology is there to insure that the exchanges “catch the wave” and are not overrun. The goal at Nasdaq is to use this technology to adapt to the…

Chip Dempsey – Breaking Down Cryptocurrencies Standard

“Personally, I see it as our industry undergoing a new technological reformation, and I think it’s as significant as moving from the trading pits to matching engines.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s Intern Recruiting Event in Chicago, Chip Dempsey, chief commercial officer at OCC, discusses cryptocurrencies and what effect they’ll have on markets. Dempsey says the emergence of cryptocurrencies is the beginning of a new age in finance, and using a shared ledger has enormous cost control implications. 

Jim Hourihane – Careers in Compliance Standard

“We’re trying to ensure market integrity, we’re trying to make sure investors are protected and we’re making sure all of our members are doing the right thing and following all the rules.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s Intern Recruiting Event in Chicago, Jim Hourihane, compliance manager for the National Futures Association, breaks down how the NFA works and what kind of opportunities present themselves in compliance. With mountains of data in the financial sector, one of the goals of the NFA is to make sure that market and member data is safe and secure. Hourihane says the NFA’s new…

Ed Tilly – Staying Ahead of the Technology Curve Standard

In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s Intern Recruiting event in Chicago, Ed Tilly, chairman and CEO of Cboe Global Markets, discusses how changes in technology force you to adapt to stay ahead of the curve. Tilly breaks down what’s going on in the exchange space and how the Cboe has changed over the years. With the explosion of screen trading and the end of open outcry trading, exchanges have had to roll with the punches and make sure customers are happy.  Tilly’s goal is to bring transparency and liquidity to the marketplace.