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Making the Johannesburg Stock Exchange a Global Player Feature,Video,video

“The JSE, for eight years in a row now, was rated number one, two or three in the world by the World Economic Forum for the quality of financial market regulation.” The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is in the process of adjusting much of its infrastructure. It already transitioned from T+5 settlement to T+3 settlement (with no failed trades thus far); the derivatives trading technology is being replatformed; Cinnober is supplying a new clearing system that will be live at the start of 2018; and London Stock Exchange Group’s MTS is playing a role in revamping bond trading on JSE. Looking…

Futures industry walks to work to support Futures for Kids charity Blog,Giving News

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Industry executives from Washington and Chicago also join their London counterparts Today is the Futures for Kids (FFK) 6th Annual “Walk to Work” , which will see some 70 futures industry executives trek around London before heading to the Finish Line at the Anchor Bankside pub on the South Bank. Many will be travelling the full distance of over 35 miles starting at 8 AM in the morning while others will be taking an afternoon stroll from one of four starting points at Greenwich Park, Clapham Common, Regent’s Park or Victoria Park. This year, walkers in London will be joined…

Two Sigma to acquire Interactive Brokers’ US options arm; Comey’s Firing Is a Crisis of American Rule of Law; Cinnober to acquire market surveillance firm Ancoa John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Four JLN team members are out in sunny Arizona for the Options Industry Conference, which gets underway officially today. Jim Kharouf, Spencer Doar, Jeff Bergstrom and Patrick Lothian are covering the conference for JLN and will be conducting interviews, including with option exchange leaders. Our coverage so far has included a two-part preview interview with OCC Executive Chairman and CEO Craig Donohue. The can be seen here and here Across the pond, Patrick Thornton-Smith has left Duco and the City and has signed on as a non-executive director with Cult Wines…

Nasdaq’s Blueprint for a New Era of Trading; Revitalizing the Capital Markets; Managed-Futures Fund Launches In Q1 2017 John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read So You Want Data? Julie Armstrong Menacho Says CME Is Transforming Data JohnLothianNews.com Every exchange is looking at new ways to store, package and provide data to end users. CME’s Julie Armstrong Menacho said the exchange is creating platforms for the next generation of data. Speaking at Barchart’s FinTech Exchange Chicago conference in April, Armstrong Menacho outlined CME’s Technology Partner Services Directory, which provides a host of certified vendors from ISV’s, market data providers and risk management platforms. The new platform has more than 80 partners and plans to list around 200 by year end. The exchange has…

A Difference Maker: Post-trade Clearing Tech Now a Differentiator For Firms Blog,Commentary,Feature,Tech / HFT

If today’s markets are traded in milliseconds, why can’t post-trade clearing keep up? ION is addressing that with its XTP clearing solution, a near real-time system it has quietly been rolling out since 2015. Last year the product was adopted by a handful of firms. And this year, ION is hoping to see a larger migration of customers to the new platform, which is considered a major upgrade to its Rolfe & Nolan system. It took ION four years to build the system, creating it on top of ION’s core trading technology. The low-profile firm is stepping out a bit…

From Sports To Business In An International Arena – Veronica Augustsson, Cinnober MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“The financial ecosystem is created by business people and it will be changed by technology. It is with technology that we will make a safer world, a better world, a more efficient world that we can trust even more.” Veronica Augustsson, the CEO of Cinnober Financial Technology, has a background in both computer science and sports and believes that businesspeople can learn from sports, because business is a team sport. One of the things that translates from sports to business is feedback. In sports, when you do something, you instantly learn whether it did or didn’t work, and that’s true…

Don’t Believe Options Traders; Europe’s Volatility Curve Is Getting Kinky Ahead of French Vote; Trump’s dollar paradox promises roller-coaster ride for currencies Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight January Marketshare via OCC ++++++ On another note, check out what the VIX momentarily did after the Fed yesterday: Here’s a closer breakdown of the action from the CBOE: Time Index Quote 12:59:56 p.m. CT   11.50 1:00:11 p.m. CT      9.97 1:00:26 p.m. CT     11.53 ++++++ CBOE VIX index briefly broke below 10 after Federal Reserve decision Fred Imbert – CNBC Something strange happened to Wall Street’s so-called fear index on Wednesday. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, broke below 10 for less than a minute Wednesday at…

Derivatives ‘Big Bang’ catches market off guard; CME profit jumps 28 pct as trading volumes spike; New Asian marketplace signing for Cinnober’s real-time clearing technology John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Jim Kharouf and I are off to Washington, DC today to pay our respects to the CFTC and attend a “going away” affair for former Chairman Tim Massad. When he will actually leave is still a question, I am told. Econ Illinois has secured Thomas Peterffy for its Econ Illinois American Dream Dinner this May 18. BMO Harris Bank and IMC Financial Markets are sponsors of the event. The Brodsky Family Northwestern JD-MBA Fund Lecture Series will feature CFTC Commissioner Sharon Bowen on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Northwestern Pritzker…

EU Said to Warn Deutsche Boerse-LSE Merger May Crush Rivals; Citigroup Punished for Treasury Market Spoofing by Five Traders; IPSX selects Cinnober to help launch new real estate exchange John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read The Case That Changed the Industry Jim Kharouf, JLN Back in 2005, I began covering a major development in the financial industry – patents. More specifically, I began covering the patent infringement cases by Trading Technologies against a number of firms including CQG. That case, which lasted almost 12 years with appeals, is now essentially settled by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which affirmed the validity of TT’s patents, and essentially backed a lower court’s finding that CQG infringed on TT’s patents. The settlement awarded in the lower court was for $16 million. TT’s…