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David Silverman Commentary on February 5: We are a “master and slave to the system” Commentary,Feature

I read the JLN essay about the events of February 5. I had heard many of the rumors that quickly emerged in the aftermath of the carnage and, as always the case in these types of situations, wasn’t sure what to believe. So, first, congratulations on the incisive and important reporting. It’s scary to consider how vulnerable the FCM community—and by extension, the entire industry—is to these periodic shocks; especially since the previously rare black swan sighting has become an increasingly regular occurrence. I suppose it’s possible to look at February 5 in a positive light. After all, every FCM…

EU Parliament and ECB Taking a Look At Cryptocurrencies Blog,CryptoMarkets

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Last week, which admittedly was a slow financial markets news week, headlines in the cryptocurrency press announced that a new EU report told officials not to ban bitcoin. Blockchain News said the report “. . . blasts economists who criticize cryptocurrencies.”  There was no blasting. While the report prepared by an EU policy department did provide some sound bites, it was one of five reports about central bank monetary policy toward virtual currencies that the EU Parliament had requested. If the briefing papers do guide the discussions, there is no reason to expect shifts in today’s slowly evolving bank regulatory…

EU Parliament and ECB Taking a Look At Cryptocurrencies Blog,Commentary,Feature,Regulation & Enforcement

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Last week, which admittedly was a slow financial markets news week, headlines in the cryptocurrency press announced that a new EU report told officials not to ban bitcoin. Blockchain News said the report “. . . blasts economists who criticize cryptocurrencies.”  There was no blasting. While the report prepared by an EU policy department did provide some sound bites, it was one of five reports about central bank monetary policy toward virtual currencies that the EU Parliament had requested. If the briefing papers do guide the discussions, there is no reason to expect shifts in today’s slowly evolving bank regulatory…

The LIBOR Transition Feature,Mwiki,Video,video

LIBOR, a key benchmark for short-term lending between banks, has had its reputation sullied in the wake of rigging scandals. Now, markets are struggling to find proper replacements. SONIA, a sterling interest rate replacement, is live. In this video, CurveGlobal CEO Andy Ross talks about how futures markets are adapting to the transition and what tools are available to aid with the switch.   Produced by Mike Forrester Interview by Jim Kharouf

Making the time for readiness Feature,Video,video

According to FIS’ 2018 Readiness Report, industry leaders in fund administration, banking, broking and asset management are modernizing their operating models twice as fast as the rest of their peers.  In this video from FIA IDX, FIS’ John Omahen, SVP product management, post trade derivatives, talks about not only putting out the fires that be, but making the time to improve operations. FIS has modernized its back and middle office technology offerings, and is in the somewhat unique position of baking their cake and eating it too, as they deploy their own services internally. How ready is your company to…

Cinnober looking to tap into treasury Feature,Video,video

For Cinnober’s CEO Veronica Augustsson, 2017 was all about prepping for MiFID II, sticking to the company’s core services and diversifying. Cinnober implemented its clearing system and real time risk management technology at the Japan Exchange and another exchange in Singapore. It pushed into the post-trade clearing space and launched a new company called Minium. This year, Minium signed its first deal with Marex Spectron, with a goal of going live in 2019. The firm also sold an equity stake in its Irisium market surveillance company to risk management firm KRM22. “We have a good diversification of clients and in…

NFX Basis Point Value Contracts; One quarter hubris, three quarters details Americas,Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Financials,Investing & Trading,Mwiki,Regions

The hubris is mine, not Nasdaq’s. Over 20 years ago I came up with the idea for an innovative new futures contract that would improve hedging and engage speculators in new ways in fixed income trading. The idea was basis point value futures. Today, Nasdaq announced just that: a new U.S. Treasury futures product that builds on their cash Treasury market and allows customers to use “the dollar value of one basis point” to more accurately hedge a portfolio of cash Treasurys. The proper name of the contracts is: U.S. DV01 TREASURY FUTURES. I have shared this idea with many…

Nasdaq looks to grow into sell-side tech provider Feature,Video,video

Nasdaq is looking for a new client base – the sell side. Given its broad technology reach, the company believes it has the products and infrastructure that banks and brokers need in today’s regulatory and trading environment. Speaking to JLN at the FIA IDX event in London, Carl Slesser, head of product management, banks and brokers at Nasdaq, said such firms are more open to outsourcing or partnering with companies like Nasdaq. “We’ve seen a change in the appetite in the sell-side community to use vendors and partners,” Slesser said. “We’re going to launch an initiative to focus on that…

FinTank WealthTech Chicago Event Blockchain,Blog,Commentary,Feature,Fintech

FinTank, the Chicago-based fintech incubator, extended its recent run of successful financial conferences, this time teaming with Morningstar to take a look at the changing landscape of wealth management at WealthTech 2018. Topics covered included robo-advising and AI, but the meat of the material focused on the area of cryptocurrencies, with separate panels on crypto exchanges and ICOs. As is so often the case with panel discussions on these types of topics, there were tempting tidbits of information and some interesting observations but a lack of clarity and cohesion in the final analysis. You simply can’t do a complex and…