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Nasdaq: Q&A with Oliver Albers – Data Is Revolutionizing Markets Standard

Three Changes to Enhance Fairness, Transparency and Competition Editors note: Nasdaq shared with John Lothian News an internally produced question and answer interview with Oliver Albers, SVP and Head of Strategic Partnerships for Nasdaq’s Global Information Services. Note from Nasdaq: Here at Nasdaq, we often say, “information is the lifeblood of markets.” That’s especially true in today’s digital era, and it’s not hyperbole. Market data is far more than simply a collection of buy and sell orders communicated on stock-trading platforms. It’s the collection and curation of billions of individual data points that are the essential fuel for the entire market in…

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…

NFX Basis Point Value Contracts; One quarter hubris, three quarters details Standard

The hubris is mine, not Nasdaq’s. Over 20 years ago I came up with the idea for an innovative new futures contract that would improve hedging and engage speculators in new ways in fixed income trading. The idea was basis point value futures. Today, Nasdaq announced just that: a new U.S. Treasury futures product that builds on their cash Treasury market and allows customers to use “the dollar value of one basis point” to more accurately hedge a portfolio of cash Treasurys. The proper name of the contracts is: U.S. DV01 TREASURY FUTURES. I have shared this idea with many…

Regarding the Pope and Credit Default Swaps Standard

By James M. Falvey, Contributing Editor, John Lothian News I once made the mistake of asking a Jesuit Priest what university he attended. The Jesuit, Father Phil, put down his pen and pad of paper, rubbed his hand over his forehead and back over his shiny scalp, grabbing onto the few grey strands left.  “Do you really want to know?” Phil asked me. “Yes, absolutely,” I said. “Okay. Which one?” “You went to more than one school?” I asked, sensing that there was not a quick and easy answer to my question. “Yep. Around ten.” Father Phil had a couple…

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…

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….

FIA Comes to Chicago to Talk Retail Derivatives Standard

The FIA is coming to Chicago for an event focused on the retail listed derivatives market. The event features a keynote address by CFTC Chief Market Intelligence Officer Andrew Busch and panels led by the Most Interesting Man in the World, CQG’s Pat Kenny and JLN’s Contributing Global Markets Editor Jim Kharouf. The event is on Monday, May 14 and free to FIA members. Non-members can attend the event at the Union League Club for $75. FIA CEO and President Walt Lukken will open the event, which is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:30 p.m., with…

CME Adds to Interest Rate Arsenal with Eris Licensing Deal Standard

The CME Group just moved even closer to its goal of becoming a one-stop shop for all things related to interest rates. CME and Eris Exchange entered into an exclusive licensing agreement Thursday allowing CME to list Eris’s USD Interest Rate Swap Futures. Eris still retains the intellectual property underlying the contract. “This news for us is a really big deal for the adoption of the Eris product globally,” said Eris Exchange CEO Neal Brady. “It just clears away a whole host of obstacles in people further adopting the product.”   But more than just removing obstacles for Eris, the…

Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – May 8, 2018 Standard

Bitcoin Sees Wall Street Warm to Trading Virtual Currency Nathaniel Popper – WSJ Some of the biggest names on Wall Street are warming up to Bitcoin, a virtual currency that for nearly a decade has been consigned to the unregulated fringes of the financial world. https://jlne.ws/2HZoKr5 Buffett and Gates Are the Latest Bitcoin Critics, Halting $10,000 Push Camila Russo and Katherine Chiglinsky – Bloomberg Surprise! Bitcoin is getting no love from two of the world’s wealthiest men. https://jlne.ws/2HYt4qH Dancing Badgers Draw More Attention Than SEC at Ethereum Meeting Camila Russo – Bloomberg In the crypto world, all eyes are on…