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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…

Head East: TT’s Robbie McDonnell Sees Opportunity In Asia As Never Before Standard

It’s gonna be a good year after all for Asia’s markets. Robbie McDonnell, Trading Technologies’ executive vice president of global sales, who returned to Asia full time in recent months, said the region got a nice volume bump in November but the real growth is soon to come for a region that is implementing new technology, new partnerships and more ways to increase trading flows East to West. Let’s start with the numbers, as 2016 was shaping up to be a down year for Asian derivatives markets. The Asia-Pacific group of exchanges as a whole were down 8.6 percent over…

Should ION and FIS be worried? Standard

Just days after our column about Cinnober’s plans to move into the post-trade space with plans to take on legacy system giants, an upstart from Switzerland says it is ready, willing and able to do just that. And then there were two. Revendex, a consulting and IT firm based outside Zurich, says that its post-trade settlement system is ready to take on ION Trading’s Rolfe & Nolan system and FIS’s Stream (formerly GMI) platforms. Those two have dominated the post-trade space for decades, but Revendex executives say the systems are expensive, out of date and too slow. Revendex’s managing directors…

Gorbachev is Dead! Fake News is Nothing New To The Markets Standard

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Fake News Is Just Like a Game of Who Wants to be a Millionaire Fake news is nothing new. In fact, it is neither fake nor news. It is something called rumors. A rumor is just talk or opinion widely disseminated with no discernible source or a statement or report current without known authority for its truth. Sometimes it is true, sometimes it is not. Sometimes it was created by individuals to influence a market, sometimes it is just someone misinterpreting something they see. The markets have long dealt with rumors. That is part of the beauty of markets. They…

Blockchain That Makes Sense: How Post-Trade Digital Ledger Technology Will Make Banks And Brokers Happy Standard

When you talk about the potential for digital ledger technology, words like revolutionary and  transformative are often mentioned. Ray Kahn and Thorsten Peisl are not in the disruptor camp. Yet both left solid jobs in the financial markets and launched blockchain start-ups aimed at bringing new efficiencies to the marketplace. Their message about blockchain was clear at the World Federation of Exchanges annual meeting in Cartagena, Colombia this month. Yes, blockchain is coming. No, it’s not going to turn this industry upside down and replace all of the key functions of the transaction chain. But it will save lots of…

Next Man Up: Tom Sexton Takes The Reins At National Futures Association With An Eye On Technology and Swaps Regulation Standard

For the markets and market regulators, the industry is all about technology. Tom Sexton, who was named president and CEO of the National Futures Association (NFA) last week , said the organization is focused on upgrading its systems to keep up with the changing market landscape. Sexton, who has been at the NFA since 1991 and will take over for current CEO Dan Roth in March, spoke with John Lothian News about his new role and what’s next for the organization. “Some of our technology is old and some of our systems are 10-plus years or older,” Sexton said. Among…

Women Rising To The Top: Chitra Ramkrishna, Adena Friedman Take Top Roles In The Exchange Space Standard

There was another historic election this month, this one at the World Federation of Exchanges’ annual meeting in Cartagena, Colombia. The WFE elected the first female chair in its 56-year history. Chitra Ramkrishna, managing director and CEO of the National Stock Exchange of India, will serve as WFE chairperson for the next two years. She succeeds Juan Pablo Cordoba, CEO of the Bolsa de Valores de Colombia. She is also the first woman to head up an exchange in India, beginning in 2013, and has been a pioneer in helping develop India’s capital markets. Neither is a small feat. Ramkrishna…

A Basel netting issue: Pushing for less burdensome capital requirements in the options market Standard

The unintended consequences of financial regulation have been seeping into the markets since the first rule was made in the wake of the financial crisis. One prime example is the leverage ratio, which determines the required capital of general clearing members. The actual calculation of the capital requirement within the Basel III leverage ratio framework is a particular sticking point for the OCC. Right now, the Current Exposure Method (CEM) is used in the calculation, whereas the OCC and a wide swath of industry participants believe that the Standardised Approach for Counterparty Credit Risk (SA-CCR) would better encapsulate the nature…

Phupinder Gill is Leaving the CME Group? Standard

Phupinder Gill is retiring at the end of the year, the CME announced. That is the cover story. What the real story is will be more difficult to discover, but this much is clear, this was not the plan. When I interviewed Gill at a Chicago Executive’s Club luncheon earlier this year we discussed the approach of developing your successor. Gill laid out how the CME had identified a group of CME executives that were all being groomed as successors. To have Terry Duffy named as CEO, and Gill to exit so quickly, smacks of some other kind of decision…