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Robert Fitzsimmons Discusses His New Startup Optionshop Standard

Robert Fitzsimmons

Robert Fitzsimmons is the CEO of Optionshop, an online futures broker specializing in the execution of options on futures, which is expected to launch in September of 2012. Fitzsimmons spoke with John Lothian News senior editor Sarah Rudolph about the interest in commodities as an asset class, the dislocation in the markets and the need for retail traders to use options to minimize their commodities risk.

Alan Snyder of Shinnecock Partners Discusses the Potential for Managed Futures Standard

Alan Snyder

Alan Snyder is managing partner of Shinnecock Partners, a Los Angeles-based alternative investment firm that specializes in third-party futures managers. Snyder spoke about his firm, the managed futures space and his opinion of managed futures mutual funds at the 2012 Emerging Managers Forum in London. Interview by JLN Managed Futures editor Jim Kharouf.

NYSE Euronext’s Joe Mecane Discusses Their New Retail Liquidity Program Standard

Joe Mecane

Joe Mecane is executive vice president and co-head of U.S. listing and cash execution at NYSE Euronext. He spoke with JLN senior editor Sarah Rudolph from the floor of the NYSE about the exchange’s new Retail Liquidity Program, which is set to launch on August 1, 2012. The new program is designed to attract retail traders by offering them better price improvement than the National Best Bid and Offer (NBBO). Orders placed through the program would interact with non-displayed retail price improvement orders provided by retail liquidity providers.

Korea Exchange’s Jae-Joon Lim Discusses OTC Clearing and Kospi Contracts Standard

Jae-Joon Lim

Jae-Joon Lim is director, business development at Korea Exchange, home of the most traded contract in the world, the Kospi futures and options. At the 2012 Emerging Manager Forum in London, Lim discussed the Kospi, as well as OTC clearing of Korean yun denominated interest rate swaps, due to launch this fall. Interview by John Lothian News editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf.

Cinnober CEO Javier Tordable Discusses the Company’s Recent Partnerships Standard

Javier Tordable

Javier Tordable, who took the CEO post at Cinnober in March, has inked notable trading platform, clearing and surveillance technology deals with the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX) and The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET). This week, the firm announced a deal to provide clearing technology for the London Metal Exchange (LME). In our recent interview during the FIA-FOA International Derivatives Expo in London, Tordable talks about the DGCX deal, the acquisition of Nomura’s Swedish technology development center in Umeå, Sweden, as well as where technology is heading. Interview by John Lothian News editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf.

John Lothian Discusses Business Ethics on Chicago Tonight Standard

From Chicago Tonight: A spate of financial scandals has created a crisis of confidence among many investors. We delve into the murky world of business ethics on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm. Check out the “Business Scandals of the 21st Century” interactive timeline feature on the Chicago Tonight website.

Kevin Cook of Autumn Capital Partners Discusses Common Pitfalls for Emerging Managers Standard

Kevin Cook

Kevin Cook, partner at Autumn Capital Partners, a UK-based consulting firm for hedge funds and CTAs, discusses common pitfalls for emerging managers and the outlook for the managed futures space at the Emerging Manager Forum in London. Cook presented “The Top 10 Reasons Emerging Managers Fail” at the conference. Interview by John Lothian News editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf. **Special thanks to Bucky Isaacson and Frank Pusateri for their help and to the May Fair Hotel, for use of their facilities

Charlotte Crosswell Talks About The New NASDAQ OMX NLX Standard

The interest rate market will get some more competition at the end of the year with the launch of the NASDAQ OMX NLX futures exchange. JLN editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf spoke with exchange CEO Charlotte Crosswell, at IDX 2012 in London, about the new exchange’s move into euro and sterling-based short-term interest rate and long-term interest rate contracts, the trading and clearing platform and who will be participating in the new market.

James Gellert of Rapid Ratings International Discusses MF Global & Credit Ratings Regulation Standard

James Gellert

James Gellert is Chairman and CEO of Rapid Ratings International, a financial services company that uses a proprietary quantitative system to rate the financial health of corporations and financial institutions. The company’s user-based compensation model offers an alternative to the “company pays” model used by NRSROs such as Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch. Gellert spoke with John Lothian News Editor-at-Large Doug Ashburn about Rapid Ratings’ “user-pays” model, its early warning on MF Global, and credit ratings regulation under Dodd-Frank.