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Interviews from the John Lothian News staff.

Carolyn Leonard – Women In Finance Standard

  ” I had brokers with very large decks telling me to my face that they’ve never traded with a woman, they weren’t going to trade with me and that I shouldn’t take it personally… A lot of those same guys became awesome friends, but we had a real rocky start.” In this profile video from John Lothian News, Carolyn Leonard recalls her journey through the volatile world of trading at the Chicago Board Options Exchange beginning in the late ’70s. Leonard started trading after a divorce, with two young children in tow and in need of a fresh start….

FANG+ Puts the UMPH Back into the Markets and Exchange Competition Standard

Hallelujah! The magical power of innovation from exchange competition in Chicago is alive and well after a noticeable absence. The NYSE FANG+ index at ICE Futures US is the most innovative and timely new contract I have seen since the Cboe introduced the VIX. Besides the FANG+ contract, we have the expectation of the CME Group and Cboe slugging it out later this year with competing bitcoin futures offerings. Earlier this year we had the CME Group resteal the Russell index complex from ICE, returning the contracts to the CME where they were  in 2007. The FANG+ sprang from this exchange…

How AI Is Reshaping ISVs: TT’s Rick Lane Looks at AI for Everything from Compliance to Finding Trading Opportunities Standard

Trading Technologies announced yesterday the acquisition of Neurensic, an artificial intelligence regulation and compliance firm (terms were not disclosed). The deal brings Neurensic’s AI technology into TT and provides a new compliance platform for the firm. But the potential for the technology goes well beyond that. TT’s CEO Rick Lane spoke with JLN’s Jim Kharouf about where this technology is going next. Q: When you look at the AI/machine learning space, where is this industry going and where does it fit in for TT? A: Now we have another tool in our toolbelt. We’ve been providing a new, unprecedented level…

2017 Sullivan Award Winner Gina McFadden Looks Back at a Long and Lively Career Standard

At this year’s Options Industry Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, Gina McFadden received the 2017 Joseph W. Sullivan Options Industry Achievement Award, the first woman to do so since the award began in May 2002. McFadden, the former president of the OIC, joined the company about a year after it first got off the ground, so she was involved with its early growth, developing the organization’s first advertising campaign. “It was marketing and education, and it was for a great reason. But it was work to get it off the ground,” she said. The options exchanges were of course competitors, but…

Liquidity Providers Unduly Penalized By Capital Rules: CTC’s Crutchfield Standard

Financial Reform Objectives at Odds with Effects of Rules What’s a market maker to do when it can’t warehouse risk? The options industry has a problem with bank capital rules. In this JLN video, Steve Crutchfield, head of market structure with CTC, discusses the burdens placed on market makers due to rules that are out of touch with the stated goals of post-crisis reforms, as well as structural issues within options markets.    There are only three major banks with a significant footprint in clearing for options market making firms. Those banks’ ability to conduct that business is under pressure…

JLN Exchange Leader Series 2017: Durkin Says CME Growth Is All About Customers Standard

CME Group is proud of the diversity in its product lines – from a broad range of commodities to a full suite of interest rate, index and FX contracts. That range of contracts has allowed the exchange to “hit” consistent winners somewhere on the board, as markets move from one sector to another. Bryan Durkin, president of CME, told JLN at the FIA Boca 2017 conference, that energies, metals, interest rates and FX posted solid, if not record volumes last year. This year, they hope that diversity continues to pay off. “We really focused on our international footprint,” Durkin said….

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…

Moving to real-time: Jerry Hanweck looks at trends in the options world Standard

Editor’s Note: For clarity, every reference to Hanweck regards the firm Jerry Hanweck founded, Hanweck. When referring to the individual after first reference, I simply use Jerry. Real-time risk management — it might not be sexy, but it’s wildly important. That’s the message from Jerry Hanweck, founder and CEO of Hanweck, a provider of risk management and options analytics tools. While real-time is a big focus for the firm, it is just one of many endeavors that Jerry and his team are working on. In a sit-down with JLN, he provided his thoughts on the difficulties presented by huge data…

Impact: Navigating Regulation and What Comes Next, Part 2 Standard

At FIA Expo 2016, JLN spoke with a variety of participants in today’s markets about the ongoing effects of regulation and what those mean for the future of their businesses.   In Part 2 of our three-part series, Gary DeWaal, special counsel with Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Matthew Chamberlain, head of business development for LME; John Avery, director of client and industry engagement, Derivatives Utility at FIS; and Rob D’Arco, CEO of Rival Systems, share their take on topics like the challenges facing swaps dealers, the pace of regulation and the rising cost of compliance.