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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…

What Just Happened? Standard

Jim Kharouf

  It was after midnight and the realization that Donald Trump is going to be president of the United States stunned, saddened and angered me. This is what our great country has descended to – a nation of angry white people who voted more than the brown and black people. It’s quite simple really – more people loved Trump’s hate and BS than believed Hillary Clinton’s boring establishment BS. And so, here we are, on the precipice of all that is right with democracy and wrong with America. We’ll rationalize it by saying we are bigger than this president –…

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 3 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 3 of our three-part series, Matt Rees, chief relationship officer at R.J. O’Brien; Justin Llewellyn-Jones, COO of Fidessa; Geoff Sharp, managing director and head of sales at Eris Exchange; David Widerhorn, CEO of Neurensic; and Alex Lamb, head of business development Americas and head of marketing with Technancial, spoke about the increasing complexity and cost of regulations, in particular for FCMs, and the opportunities to be had…

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 Money.net 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 Money.net, 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. Money.net is trying to disrupt the market information space, which pulls in $26…

CFTC’s Massad Recaps 2016 Standard

Chairman says Reg AT is next big item on the list to finish before yearend. The futures industry’s regulator had several initiatives in 2016 but the top items were tackling the issue of cybersecurity, margin and the upcoming finalization of automated trading rules. On cybersecurity, the CFTC adopted rules for the exchanges, clearing houses, trading platforms and trade repositories that require more testing of platforms and systems to make them more secure. “That’s probably the biggest single threat to financial stability in our markets today,” said Timothy Massad, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, who spoke with John Lothian…

Run Gary Run Standard

It has been almost two years since Gary Gensler left the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as perhaps its most talked about, debated and in some circles, despised chairman. To some, his unrelenting drive to pound home rules established by the Dodd-Frank Act was considered a declaration of war against the derivatives industry. To his supporters, his determination was lauded, and he was considered one of the guys who was ready to stand up to Wall Street and LaSalle Street all in the name of Main Street. Now Gensler has grabbed attention this week at the FIA Expo in Chicago. On…

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….