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The future of futures markets: Exchanges looking to fail fast Standard

Andreas Preuss, deputy CEO, Deutsche Boerse had a show stopper. At the IOMA: World Federation Exchanges conference in Frankfurt on Friday, he said his exchange will have to speed up its business processes exponentially in the next two to three years in order to thrive. Implementing products and services from beginning to release will go from today’s 18 months to 4 days. Yes, you read that correctly. And no, no one in the audience was laughing. “The old way was seven months of iterations of prototypes,” Preuss said. “In the world I am aiming at, the business IT and operations…

Solidifying an American foothold: LSEG’s UnaVista and MTS platforms look to expand Standard

The London Stock Exchange Group has plenty of reasons to be in the news due to its pending merger with Deutsche Boerse, but while all of those discussions take place, parts of the LSEG family are making moves of their own. The two arms in motion are MTS, a bond trading platform, and UnaVista, a back and middle office platform for reconciliation, reporting, matching and validation. Both are in a similar situation — they have a large presence in Europe but not so much in the United States. For example, MTS is dominant in EU sovereign bond trading and UnaVista…

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…

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…

The Black Swan – the new symbol of the United States of America Standard

  Yah baby, Yah! Dodd-Frank, gone. Clearing mandate, gone. Regulations, gone. Low interest rates, no problem. Volcker Rule, gone. Volatility, you bet. Bullish on the exchange sector, you bet. The American voters just unleashed the greatest gift on the world of trading we could have ever asked for. We will now have volatility at all times of the day and night. Binary contracts just became a big thing. Forget about market direction. You better learn to trade volatility. We just made the Black Swan the new symbol of the United State of America. Goodbye Eagle. You want some Twitter rants…

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.         

WILD to Hold 5th Annual Symposium Standard

“THIS IS OUR MOMENT” is the theme Women in Listed Derivatives, or WILD, is holding their fifth annual symposium on Tuesday, November 1 from 3 to 7 PM at the UBS Building in Chicago. This year’s program will feature opening remarks by OCC Executive Chairman and CEO Craig Donohue and an interview with longtime CME Board member and financial journalist Terry Savage. Mr. Donohune will be conducting the interview of Ms. Savage. There will also be a panel discussion that will focus on diversity in board and executive committees. Lynn Marek of Crain’s will moderate, something I have not seen before….

John Lothian: U.S. Stock Exchanges to Overhaul Process for Reopening Trading After Halt; Virtu Never Loses (Well, Almost Never); Will LME consolidate or fragment London’s bullion market? Standard

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian This morning we are running the video interview we did with David Lehman of the CME Group about the Live Cattle contract changes the CME is proposing. Pending CFTC approval, the new delivery specs will go into effect later this month. We are also releasing the video from Walt Lukken’s MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity presentation in Chicago from July. He gave not one, but two great mini-presentations – the first half as an introduction to the industry and the current state, and the second half as a few career tips…

John Lothian: Whistleblowers Are Poised to Collect $100 Million; UK government bonds turn negative in historic rally; London Metal Exchange earnings drop as activity declines Standard

First Read MarketsWiki Education Video Update Yesterday we started on Day 2 of our MarketsWiki Education series from Chicago, and we started off with a bang. The usually low-key Jeff Levoff, partner at DRW gave a rousing and thoughtful presentation on the company’s philosophy, the role of proprietary traders and how that is changing. As this was a version of the talk he gives on college campuses across the nation, it was, shall we say, well received. Also, look below the video for a list of the presentations we have published thus far. We have a lot of fantastic presentations…