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JLN Exchange Leader Series 2017: Romnesh Lamba – Finding Opportunities in HKEx’s Relationship with China Standard

For Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx), the biggest initiative in 2016 was the launch of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Connect, a trading link designed to give foreign investors greater access to shares listed on the Chinese mainland.  Hong Kong-Shenzhen also joined with the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, so there are now “four pipes – two going Northbound, with international investors trading Chinese equities, and two more coming Southbound,” Romnesh Lamba, co-head of market development at HKEx, told John Lothian News at FIA Boca 2017. “Volumes associated with that program have really picked up,” Lamba said. “They are almost triple the levels…

JLN Exchange Leader Series 2017: LSEG’s Hackett on a Clear Path Forward Standard

In just a few years, London Stock Exchange Group has doubled its US headcount to nearly 500 employees. That’s just one indicator that LSEG is doing well across a variety of its operations. Ali Hackett, USA Country Head for London Stock Exchange Group, spoke to JLN about the importance of the customer in continuing LCH’s expansion. Since the financial crisis, regulators have adopted rules that have pushed clearing and trading onto exchanges. But there is still a demand from clientele for innovative solutions in the realm of non-cleared derivatives. “As far as we’re concerned we really want to help the…

CloudMargin gains traction: Remote processing and storage is here to stay in financial services Standard

 There is no more room for doubting the cloud. Regulators have become acclimated to the concept of remote processing power and clients have been reassured as to its safety. Now the value proposition is laid bare and the current rate of adoption appears to be entering exponential mode. For 3-year-old collateral management firm CloudMargin — whose offering handles margin requirements across multiple counterparties for multiple asset classes —  the embrace of cloud technology helped it grow its client base by 50 percent so far in 2017 to more than 30 asset managers, insurance agencies, banks and brokers, utilizing a network…

JLN Exchange Leader Series 2017: Durkin Says CME Growth Is All About Customers Standard

CME Group is proud of the diversity in its product lines – from a broad range of commodities to a full suite of interest rate, index and FX contracts. That range of contracts has allowed the exchange to “hit” consistent winners somewhere on the board, as markets move from one sector to another. Bryan Durkin, president of CME, told JLN at the FIA Boca 2017 conference, that energies, metals, interest rates and FX posted solid, if not record volumes last year. This year, they hope that diversity continues to pay off. “We really focused on our international footprint,” Durkin said….

How do we make American markets great again? Keep it simple, stupid. Standard

CFTC Commissioner Christopher Giancarlo detailed his plan for the agency after being nominated by President Trump as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Wednesday at FIA Boca. Gene Simmons would be proud — the new initiative is called Project KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid). KISS has three key goals: fostering U.S. economic growth, enhancing markets and “rightsizing” the agency’s footprint. All of these tie into Giancarlo’s overarching point about the agency — it has lost sight of its regulatory goals.  On the topic of fostering U.S. economic growth, Giancarlo took a big picture look at the tumult of…

My Picks for CFTC and SEC Commissioners Standard

Despite repeated inquiries to knowledgeable industry players, there is little buzz about prospective new CFTC and SEC Commissioners outside of the chairmen. So if there is no buzz, then let’s create some of our own in time for the FIA Boca Raton International Conference.  I am going to give you my top ten potential candidates for each commission in alphabetical order. That they are on the list does not mean they would be willing to serve, but it does mean I believe they are eminently qualified to serve. I am also going to share with you honorable mentions. These are others…

More power to ‘em: Nodal acquired by EEX Standard

The UK doesn’t want ICE to have Trayport. The LSE/Deutsche Boerse deal looks dead in the water. But in one neck of the exchange woods — power — all parties appear happy. Last Friday, the energy exchange EEX (part of the Deutsche Boerse empire) agreed to buy the U.S. based Nodal Exchange in an all-share deal, instantly turning the franchise global. “What’s perfect about this acquisition in some respects is that we do very much similar things — they serve the power markets in Europe and we serve the power markets in the United States — and yet we don’t…

Walt Lukken: Three Ideas for Trump and a New Optimism for FIA Boca Standard

After almost seven years of Dodd-Frank reforms, the industry has adjusted, reacted and adapted to the new regulatory structure. Now with the new Trump administration in Washington, the FIA sees an opportunity to take stock of what’s been done and what might be the best plan going forward. There’s no doubt the industry has struggled to comply with the spate of new rules from the CFTC, not to mention from other federal agencies. Walt Lukken, president and CEO of the FIA, has advocated for looking at three main areas of regulation that maintain regulatory reforms but allow for more sensible…

CFTC Commissioner Bowen Outlines Disruptive Derivatives Developments at Brodsky Family Lecture Standard

The fate of financial regulations, and specifically the Dodd-Frank Act, under the Trump administration is one of the biggest questions facing the industry and investors.  CFTC Commissioner Sharon Bowen addressed that question in a speech at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law last night as part of the Brodsky Family JD-MBA Lecture Series. Bowen earned her law degree at Northwestern’s Law School and is a strong supporter of the school. In addition to her role at the CFTC, she was also acting head of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, chartered by Congress to help protect U.S. investors from brokerage…