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Bringing Nasdaq’s Derivatives Franchises Together Standard

Kevin Kennedy now has two jobs. Formerly just the head of U.S. options for Nasdaq, he’s now also the head of the Nasdaq Futures Exchange (NFX), a post left open by the departure of Rick Beaman.   Kennedy inherits a still nascent endeavor – it was formed in 2015 – that is largely focused on energy products. Despite its youth, NFX has hit some home runs. NFX’s natural gas options have plenty of traction and the exchange’s open interest in energy products represents 11.5 percent of overall U.S. energy product open interest. The challenge now is to grow NFX’s participatory…

FIA 2018 charts the rise of institutional crypto investors Standard

Like most people, I tend to pay more attention when someone directly addresses me or people like me. As a millennial, I tend to exercise this principle a lot, as we’ve been inundated by the word “millennials” over the past 10 years or so. We’re a hot topic. At the FIA Expo this year, the talks focusing on Digital Assets mentioned millennials frequently. This ranged from comments explicitly mentioning my demographic’s greater activity in crypto trading and investment compared with other generations, to jokes about using Bakkt to buy pumpkin spice lattes – a stereotypical seasonal favorite for younger consumers…

Blockchain tokenization: a simplified explanation Standard

436 & 442 East 13th Street, Manhattan, New York: that’s the address of Manhattan’s first tokenized real estate asset, a 12-unit luxury condo building valued at $30 million. Forbes posted a story last week about the building, which turned its shares into tokenized securities in order to “remove the unruly pressure of traditional bank financing.” The blockchain space is full of both technical jargon and empty, flashy buzzwords. It is sometimes hard to tell which is which – this can make trying to learn anything about the space a vexing task. One of the most important terms to know is…

Women In Listed Derivatives Tackle Sexual Harassment at Work Standard

Women In Listed Derivatives, aka WILD, held a workshop on “Sexual Harassment at Work in the #MeToo Era” on Thursday at Chicago’s Union League Club. The good news is that it was well attended and very participatory; the audience listened avidly to Jennifer Gilbert, an attorney with the employment discrimination firm Stowell & Friedman, and asked a great many questions and follow up questions. The bad news is that even though the raucous, anything goes atmosphere of the old trading floors is all but gone, sexual harassment is not. The types of sexual harassment Gilbert outlined were familiar to the…

Nasdaq: Q&A with Oliver Albers – Data Is Revolutionizing Markets Standard

Three Changes to Enhance Fairness, Transparency and Competition Editors note: Nasdaq shared with John Lothian News an internally produced question and answer interview with Oliver Albers, SVP and Head of Strategic Partnerships for Nasdaq’s Global Information Services. Note from Nasdaq: Here at Nasdaq, we often say, “information is the lifeblood of markets.” That’s especially true in today’s digital era, and it’s not hyperbole. Market data is far more than simply a collection of buy and sell orders communicated on stock-trading platforms. It’s the collection and curation of billions of individual data points that are the essential fuel for the entire market in…

POV: Are Publicly Traded Exchanges Sticking It To You? Standard

There is a recurring criticism of publicly traded exchanges – that they are not serving the needs of their customers, all to satisfy shareholders. Such was the essence of the argument by James Andrus, an investment manager from CalPERS, the California pension and investment giant. On a panel at the World Federation of Exchanges annual meeting last week in Athens, he said stock exchanges are bending to the desires of listed companies on their exchanges on proxy voting rule changes and other policy changes at the expense of investor firms like his. And the motivation, he said, was that exchanges…

ErisX Enters the Crypto World With New Spot and Futures Platform Standard

It looks like there is a growing market for regulated exchange trading of cryptocurrencies. ErisX, the U.S. futures exchange best known for offering listed interest rate swap futures, just announced plans to launch a derivatives exchange (DCM) and clearing organization (DCO) that will offer digital asset futures and spot contracts on one platform. The exchange plans to offer contracts on bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum and litecoin. This is going a step beyond the CME and the Cboe, which began offering cryptocurrency futures in December 2017. Eris needs a DCO license to clear its crypto contracts; that application is pending with…

ESMA Keeping Tight Leash On EU Trading Venues Standard

Steven Maijoor, chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), said MiFID II rules launched in January are indeed living up to expectations of pushing more trading onto exchanges, but more work may be required. In remarks before the World Federation of Exchanges annual meeting in Athens, Maijoor said less trading volume is flowing to dark pools and onto exchanges and so-called systematic internalisers (SIs), used by banks and algorithmic trading firms to fill customer orders. The use of ongoing periodic auctions for contracts, however, is coming under greater scrutiny, Maijoor said. These millisecond auctions may not being adhering…

Look Who’s Talking Standard

Last week many of us were surprised to hear EF Hutton talk again – Wow! They exist? – when Hutton issued three press releases over eight days. Hutton has emerged as potentially much cooler, socially conscious version of a money machine and not just because the money takes the form of cryptocurrency. It seems that Hutton’s brand had been hanging out somewhere deep in Citigroup until half a dozen years ago when it was resurrected and sent out to fare on its own. EF Hutton today is a broker dealer unit of HUTN, Inc. Based in Springfield, Ohio, HUTN’s CEO…