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Tech firms looking to change the technology stack Standard

The question for the industry today is whether firms have hit the technology breaking point. In other words, can firms continue to maintain and sustain the technology they’ve built over the past 20-plus years? A new breed of tech firms is emerging to help address this challenge. There are increasing signs that the so-called “technology stack” at various firms is not economically sustainable, nor is it necessarily more efficient. For years, various technology vendors have been expanding their product mixes to handle front, middle and back office responsibilities for firms. The industry is seeing a mix of established tech vendors…

YCharts Seeks to Turbocharge Growth; Adds TT’s Michael Kraines to the Board Standard

When YCharts sought to fill their open board seat, they were looking for someone who could help this Chicago Fintech success story continue its robust growth and maybe help turbocharge it. They found the answer in an executive from another Chicago fintech success story, Michael Kraines, President and CFO of Trading Technologies. YCharts sits in a sweet spot competitively: less expensive than some of the dominant players like Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters, and having more functionality for its wealth advisor clientele than the free offerings from Google or Yahoo Finance. With an easy to use, intuitive interface, as well as…

AI is changing this industry. Now what? Standard

I spent last week listening to experts in artificial intelligence talk about what AI can and will bring to the markets and the broader world.   What is patently clear is that AI is here now and is only going to expand. As Jay Biondo, product manager, surveillance at Trading Technologies told me, it’s everywhere already – from Amazon’s Echo (usually called Alexa) to Netflix’s suggested picks. It’s part of Charles Schwab’s brokerage service which will allow its brokers to service thousands instead of hundreds of customers, according to Jack Boyle, vice president derivatives & trading support at Charles Schwab,…

FinTank WealthTech Chicago Event Standard

FinTank, the Chicago-based fintech incubator, extended its recent run of successful financial conferences, this time teaming with Morningstar to take a look at the changing landscape of wealth management at WealthTech 2018. Topics covered included robo-advising and AI, but the meat of the material focused on the area of cryptocurrencies, with separate panels on crypto exchanges and ICOs. As is so often the case with panel discussions on these types of topics, there were tempting tidbits of information and some interesting observations but a lack of clarity and cohesion in the final analysis. You simply can’t do a complex and…

Rumi Morales Announces Joining Outlier Ventures at “Launch, Lunch & Learn” Standard

Rumi Morales, the former head of CME Ventures, is now a partner at the London-based blockchain investment company Outlier Ventures. She and Jamie Burke, the CEO of Outlier, announced the news and spoke about the company’s plans Wednesday to a packed room at the Connectory in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Morales will head up Outlier Ventures’ Chicago branch, which the company expects to be a launch pad for expansion into the rest of the U.S. She and Burke said they are looking 3-5 years ahead of what’s going on in crypto and other technology right now, and are focused on the…

Q&A With Don Ross: Can Equity Markets Benefit From Auctions? Ross Looks To Disrupt The Markets With On-Demand Auctions For Stocks, Just Like The Good Ole Days Standard

CODA Markets has been pounding a steady beat for on-demand auctions since launching CODA Block, a 30-second block auction program in 2017. With a new study from ViableMkts of the auction system, data shows CODA Block generally did not create adverse market moves when initiating an auction. Don Ross, CEO of CODA Markets’ parent PDQ Enterprises, spoke with JLN’s Jim Kharouf about the study and his view on auctions throughout the trading day. Q: You have been a proponent of auctions in securities and feature an auction mechanism on your CODA Markets platform. Why such a big fan? The biggest…

Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – May 30, 2018 Standard

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‘Layer 2’ Blockchain Tech Is an Even Bigger Deal Than You Think Michael J Casey – Coindesk Welcome to the “Layer 2” era. We are now entering an exciting new phase of blockchain development in which the lightning network and other programming solutions that operate “on top” of existing blockchains promise big strides in scalability, interoperability and functionality. There is still much work to be done. The early tech is buggy, and new security and trust solutions must be figured out when much of the computing activity in individual transactions or smart contracts is taken “off chain.” http://bit.ly/2kAKoDZ Bitcoin is…

Fintech Exchange: Changing The Market Landscape Standard

The fourth annual Fintech Exchange event was held in Chicago on April 25 -26, with an eye toward up-and-coming companies and exchanges, as well as what’s new in the fintech space from established players. Here is a recap of the best of the two-day conference, hosted by Barchart.  

Sincere Flattery and Competition Standard

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” wrote English cleric and writer Charles Caleb Colton. The NYSE and Nasdaq have flattered each other plenty over the years as they competed globally in the exchange and OTC market space. It often seemed there was not a move NYSE made that Nasdaq did not try to match or top, and vice versa. The imitation here is not that NYSE matched Nasdaq by naming a woman, Stacey Cunningham, as head of the exchange to counter Nasdaq’s Adena Friedman. Rather, both exchanges chose the best qualified candidates for the role of president or CEO….