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Finding Opportunity: Peter Lenardos, CFO, Cinnober Says Growth and Profitability Are Coming Standard

Cinnober has built its reputation in the industry as a pioneer and an opportunistic company that looks for new ways to address market needs. So in many ways it was not surprising the firm hired Peter Lenardos as its new CFO two weeks ago. With his background in investment research at Royal Bank of Canada and elsewhere, he has watched the industry from a specific lens that focuses on the financial condition of a company, as well as its strategic positioning.  When he got the call from Cinnober’s CEO Veronica Augustsson, he was ready to bring a different approach to…

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…

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.” 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….

Notes from Consensus – Day 3 and Recap Standard

Consensus ended with a short, half-day of sessions on Wednesday, but the energy and number of participants was not diminished in the slightest. In fact, you might have thought that they were giving jobs away for free by the number of bright, young (and some old) faces that bustled at the afternoon job fair. Unlike a run-of-the-mill industry conference, where attendees linger more as a sign of duty, those at Consensus were energetic and boldly inquisitive. If only one in a hundred does well, that will be 85 new crypto millionaires out to make the world a better place. The…

Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – May 17, 2018 Standard

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SEC Tries to Scam ICO Investors to Show Them How Easy It Is Matt Robinson – Bloomberg Agency sets up a fake ICO to warn investors about the risks; Regulator has repeatedly warned investors of fraud in ICOs A hot new initial coin offering gives investors the chance of a lifetime to make money from sun-soaked beaches and crystal-clear waters. It also provides something even more valuable: advice on how to avoid getting ripped off by fraudulent ICOs. / Devvio Blockchain First to Surpass Millions of Transactions per Second The Merkle Devvio, a pioneer in blockchain protocols (, today announced…

Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – May 16, 2018 Standard

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  Notes from Consensus 2018 – Day 2 By Chuck Mackie – JLN As expected, Day 2 of Coindesk’s Consensus conference lacked some of the energy and fireworks of the first day but it did manage to defy what seems to be a law of nature: fewer people in attendance at the second day of an industry event when compared to the first. In this case, Coindesk announced that total registration ticked up to over 8,500 and it was definitely harder to fight the lines for lunch on the second day compared to the first. Somehow I survived. Beyond that,…