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The Most Popular Stories of 2016 on 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 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 Those two have dominated the post-trade space for decades, but Revendex executives say the systems are expensive, out of date and too slow.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…

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…

Scott Feldman, ICAP Infinity – The Fintech Evolution Standard

“That ability to communicate well and play [the role of] Google Translate is a differentiating factor for someone in the fintech space. You’ve got to marry the technology with the finance, and a lot of times they don’t speak the same language.”   That ability to communicate is one of the soft skills that people hiring in the fintech space seek in candidates. But the industry looks for many more traits in prospective entrants because fintech is a developing corner of the market and, as such, there is no one template for a dream resume or candidate. According to Scott…

Impact: Navigating Regulation and What Comes Next, Part 1 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 1 of our three-part series, Phupinder Gill, CEO of CME Group; Drew Shields, CTO of Trading Technologies; Dave Snowdon, co-founder, director and CTO of Metamako; and Hazem Dawani, president and CEO of OptionsCity, provide their thoughts on subjects ranging from issues with MiFID II clock synchronization to the shifting clearing landscape.  

Downey’s Takes FIA Innovator Award Standard

Market data and information service looks to disrupt the Bloomberg and Reuters space with new ultra-low priced offering The winner of the FIA’s first ever competition for Innovator of the Year at the 2016 Expo in Chicago was, which was chosen by a panel of industry experts from 18 finalist companies picked from a larger group of fintech applicants. The company, started in 2014 by CEO Morgan Downey, aims to provide the same type of market information as Bloomberg and Reuters for 1/15 of the cost. is trying to disrupt the market information space, which pulls in $26…

Women in Fintech Panel at Expo Highlights Problems and Solutions Standard

Both women and men gave high marks to the Women in Listed Derivatives-sponsored panel on Women Who Shape Fintech, moderated by Diane Saucier, the president of WILD and client relationship manager at Fitch Learning. Some of the takeaways were: There is still a “confidence gap” between men and women. For example, women are often hesitant to apply for a particular job unless they meet 100 percent of the qualification requirements, whereas men often take a chance even if they only meet 70 percent. Only about 7 percent of entrepreneurs getting funding are women. And there are even fewer in fintech….

A Tangled Web: Exploring The Explosive U.S. Growth Of Options On Futures Standard

Options on futures volumes have been on the rise since the financial crisis. To explore the reasons for the trend, John Lothian News spoke with a variety of industry participants over the course of the summer.  The cause of the increasing volumes is an amalgam of larger trends in the financial industry, and the effects are a bright spot in an overall dark landscape.   Click here to view the article.