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Bitcoin and Blockchain: A WILD Opportunity Standard

Bitcoin is not at the dizzying high it was back in December, but interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain is still strong. The world of crypto and distributed ledger technology keeps expanding, with CME and Cboe now trading bitcoin futures, companies getting into initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency meetups forming, and the list of cryptocurrencies getting longer every week. Women In Listed Derivatives (WILD) and Morgan Lewis jointly hosted a panel on the future of blockchain and cryptocurrencies Tuesday evening to a packed house. The main takeaway on cryptocurrency from the panel was that, although crypto is a new and very speculative…

On Your Radar: Roy Saadon’s Firm Aims To Provide A View On Risks Across The Board Standard

If you could monitor all of the operations issues at your firm, how would you do it? And not just tracking problems in the back office, but those in the order routing, middle office, regulation and compliance areas, too – all of it. As much as CEOs and compliance officers want to know where problems and risks are cropping up, most firms now run 20 to 30 or more systems internally. Roy Saadon says monitoring all of those systems is a daunting task, and it’s what his young firm, Access Fintech, is trying to address. Saadon, who co-founded Traiana, launched…

What Does Your Cloud Data Look Like? QuantHouse Is Moving Historical Data On-demand To The Cloud Standard

The data cloud shift aims to transform how firms research, trade and evaluate their strategies It’s all about the data. The lifeblood of trading is simply that – data – how to get it, how to decipher it and how to trade off it. The good news for traders is that it is now more accessible, flexible, and researchable than ever, especially with the rapid evolution of cloud technologies. QuantHouse, a market data, algo development and trading infrastructure provider, is pushing hard to move its data to the cloud, a strategy that Pierre Feligioni, co-founder and CEO of QuantHouse, says…

The Silent Screams of the Bitcoin Shorts Standard

If bitcoin were a standard commodity or securities instrument, headlines would be screaming about how the “shorts” were being squeezed. With bitcoin in a parabolic price rise, some calling it a mania, there are no shorts to scream bloody murder. Many commodities and companies have key constituents who apply political pressure when futures markets are moving so sharply that common sense tells you there is something wrong or unbalanced happening in the market. Sometimes rules are changed or obscure procedures exercised at futures exchanges in order to accommodate an orderly liquidation of positions in cases where the powers that be…

Putting on My Broker Hat About Bitcoin Standard

Everyone is asking about bitcoin. A journalist called and asked to interview me. A magazine called and asked me to write something. A brokerage firm chief risk manager called to ask me my opinion about bitcoin and bitcoin futures. Two weeks ago, a former employer I have not seen in 10 years called me out in Coindesk.com for my bitcoin qualms. At the dinner table my son Robby opened up about owning not just bitcoin, but bitcoin cash, ether and monero. This is a full-fledged mania. As I was driving home last night and thinking about bitcoin (as opposed to…

ABN AMRO Loves Fidessa Standard

The romance between ABN AMRO Clearing (ACC) and Fidessa is a strategic and growth-oriented one and the relationship is driven by James Fairweather. James Fairweather is the global head of execution services at ACC. He is driving this installation and rollout of Fidessa’s systems at ABN. ABN AMRO Clearing is hoping to expand beyond active traders into services for corporate clients and even prime broker services, and Fairweather said Fidessa’s platform is the right fit for the job. “The breadth of technology was better with Fidessa,” Fairweather said on Monday from London in a telephone interview. He noted Fidessa has previously…

Are you on the right side of Bitcoin history? Standard

1997 or 1637? Shortly after JLN was published yesterday the news broke that the CME Group would be listing bitcoin futures in the fourth quarter of the year, joining the Cboe in such an offering. The price of bitcoin surged to new highs? Why did the price go up? Because a new group of suckers,…errr, new traders would be reached with this news and want to buy bitcoin. Why would they want to buy it? Because it is going up of course. Greed. Why are the CME Group and Cboe offering bitcoin futures? Because, it is 1997 and you have…

Information and Cyber Security for the Futures Industry; A Perspective by VSEC, LLC Standard

The founders of a information and cyber security advisory firm have written a must read white paper for the futures industry about the business and regulatory challenges of cyber security and how to manage them. VSEC, LLC is an information and cyber security advisory company. Founding partners John Falck and Mike Phillips have many years experience in the derivatives industry, with both of them originally working for O’Connor & Associates through the Swiss Bank and UBS mergers. Business and regulatory requirements for information and cyber security are changing rapidly. In the futures industry, FCMs, prop traders, brokers, CTAs, CPOs and…

TradingScreen Statement Standard

“Both the Chairman of the Board and the CEO of TradingScreen strongly contest the allegations repeated in your article of October 12th. Every allegation made is false, baseless, and meritless, and has been propagated by the company’s disgruntled former CEO, who was fired by the Board for cause last year after intentionally hitting an employee in front of numerous witnesses and attempting to cover it up, as well as for other corporate malfeasance. This individual neither is a majority shareholder of TradingScreen nor does he represent a majority of shareholders or even speak for the majority of shareholders. Thus, the…