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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…

Maker or Taker? Standard

“Maker – Taker” is a market model that rewards market participants for offering liquidity – “making” – and penalizes them for “taking” market liquidity.   Many makers are also takers. It is the way of the markets, and the way of the world.   Are you a maker, or a taker? It is a good question to ask. While we all do both, it is our outlook that defines whether we are makers or takers.   For example, are you a market participant who just goes home at the end of the day, or do you find a way to…

Solidifying an American foothold: LSEG’s UnaVista and MTS platforms look to expand Standard

The London Stock Exchange Group has plenty of reasons to be in the news due to its pending merger with Deutsche Boerse, but while all of those discussions take place, parts of the LSEG family are making moves of their own. The two arms in motion are MTS, a bond trading platform, and UnaVista, a back and middle office platform for reconciliation, reporting, matching and validation. Both are in a similar situation — they have a large presence in Europe but not so much in the United States. For example, MTS is dominant in EU sovereign bond trading and UnaVista…

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…

Brand New: Hehmeyer Moves Into Managed Futures & More Standard

Sometimes it’s time to diversify. Chris Hehmeyer formed a new firm called Hehmeyer Trading & Investments LLC that will expand into the managed futures and introducing broker space. The renamed company comes from his prior firm, HTG Capital Partners, which acquired Kottke & Associates in late 2016. The new name helps simplify things for Hehmeyer, who has integrated HTG’s proprietary trading operation along with Kottke’s commodity trading advisor and introducing broker business. Hehmeyer, who serves as CEO of the the new entity, sees plenty of opportunity in the CTA business. He said there is an appetite for non-correlated investments and…

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…

Hungry for more: Dash Financial Sees Opportunity In A New Broker Landscape Standard

For some firms today, being young has its advantages. Dash Financial might just be one of those young and agile companies that can take advantage of the currents that are pushing and pulling the industry. Later this quarter Dash is expected to complete its acquisition of LiquidPoint, Convergex’s options brokerage and technology business, thus giving the combined firm 13 percent of the equity options and index options market volume. That’s more than double the current marketshare Dash Financial has quickly built since it launched in 2011. Peter Maragos, CEO of Dash (soon to be renamed Dash Financial Technologies), said the…

The End Of The Line Standard

So it appears this is the end of the line for Jon Corzine, the disgraced former head of MF Global, the man who essentially brought down the firm with lousy trades on European debt markets, helped cripple the futures industry and tarnished its once iron clad guarantee on customer funds. The firm dipped into customer segregated funds, something Corzine has long denied knowing, and left the collapsed firms’ customers wondering what happened to more than $1 billion of their money. The CFTC settled its case with Corzine yesterday, as the man, the myth, agreed to a lifetime trading ban from…

The Most Popular Stories of 2016 on JohnLothianNews.com Standard

As we end 2016 we should all stop in at Ceres in the Chicago Board of Trade Building for a stiff drink and to shake the hand of Billy Assimos. He was the focus of the most read story on www.johnlothiannews.com in 2016, according to Google Analytics. Sarah Rudolph penned the story, “Billy Assimos, the Face of Ceres” in June of this year. Assimos is the longtime manager of Ceres, a restaurant and bar in the CBOT Building, and a friend of many. I guess it pays to serve the stiffest drinks in Chicago. Coming in second place was Jim…