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The Impact of Global Finance – Bryan Durkin Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“As you journey onward, it’s not always about the next promotion . When your colleagues or boss suggest that you make a lateral move, take it. Don’t just sit there and ask what’s in it for me.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Bryan Durkin, president of CME Group, discusses the impact of global finance and how everyone from farmers to asset managers flocks to the CME because it represents the broadest array of asset classes in virtually every aspect of commodities. Durkin preaches the importance of networking and perseverance and reminds everyone not…

Why You Should Bet Your Career on Chicago FinTech – Michael Kraines Feature,MWEd,Video,video

“Twenty years ago it was about consolidation. It was about exchanges being smashed together and brokerages being smashed together. Now it’s going to be about technology being added to these traditional old school businesses.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Michael Kraines, chief financial officer and chief commercial officer of Trading Technologies, discusses the growing Chicago fintech landscape and why the field can be a solid career choice. Kraines points out investment in Chicago fintech in the first half of 2017 has nearly matched the total from all of 2016. In 2016, venture capitalists…

Grasp Your Opportunities and Adapt – Tom Sexton Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,video

“Our markets here are the envy of the world because they are regulated in a very fair and orderly manner.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Tom Sexton, president and CEO of the National Futures Association, discusses what opportunities lie in the regulatory arena. Sexton asks that when you look at all the different areas of finance, think about regulation and how important it is to not only the U.S. markets, but markets all around the world.

Alphabet Soup: The DAO, ETH, ICOs and the SEC Blog,Feature,Fintech,Mwiki,ReformWiki

By Jim Falvey Technology usually outpaces the law. It can take months, if not years, for legislators, regulators and courts to gain an understanding of technology and then to apply existing law to the new technology and/or create new laws for the technological developments. In the remarkable world of cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology (often referred to as “Blockchain”), we are seeing both occur. In May 2016, a virtual organization called The DAO, which stands for Decentralized Autonomous Organization, came onto the scene in the Ethereum world. For the uninitiated, the Ethereum Blockchain sponsors the second most significant virtual currency…

Change the Game – Tom Sosnoff Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“The U.S markets are the global hub of liquidity. That’s why they’re so wonderful. So when you get truly liquid markets, you have very accurate expected value.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Tom Sosnoff, co-CEO of tastytrade, maps out the importance of decision making. Trading is one of the few industries where you have the ability to make an unlimited number of decisions with both emotional and monetary outcomes. Sosnoff says the most important thing you can do as a recent graduate is monetize your know-how. The more valuable you are to your…

Russell Suite Competition Ambiguity Raises Some Questions Americas,Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Investing & Trading,Mwiki

Exclusive. Non-exclusive. Exclusive. CME. ICE. CME again. The story of the Russell Index futures complex licensing over the years is a study in ambiguity, changing strategies and partners. We know the  will win this round as they currently hold the long term license for the products. But what will happen in the short term is ambiguous as these two global exchange giants square off and try to maintain control or pry loose the open interest in the Russell futures products. After ICE took over an exclusive Russell indexes licensing agreement from CME in 2007, CME returned the favor by recently…

Seeking Opportunity Everywhere in the Market – JJ Kinahan Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“The greatest expression I’ve ever heard is, ‘The harder I work, the more opportunity I get.’” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, JJ Kinahan, managing director and chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade, talks about seizing opportunity in every corner of the markets. Kinahan grew up in a large Irish-American family, and figured he would become a carpenter or an electrician. Instead, he landed a job at the CBOE one summer and never looked back. Kinahan says in the early part of his career he was never the smartest guy in the room,…

Making Sense of Options Order Flow – Henry Schwartz Blog,Feature,MWEd,Video,video

“There are four primary reasons people use options, and they tend to attract the smartest, the most well capitalized and most informed traders out there. Basically, dumb people lose their money trading options so quickly, they’re not really out there anymore.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, Henry Schwartz, president of Trade Alert LLC, breaks down the four primary reasons people trade options: leverage, defined risk, flexibility and liquidity.  Schwartz then delves into a wealth of data to show what kind of information can be gleaned from the 1.1 million options trades happening…

BOXing: Let the Bodies Hit the (Options) Floor Feature,Options

Golly, there’s been a ton of action in options markets lately. First, the surge of crypto news. Last week, MIAX’s investment in LedgerX received airtime as LedgerX was approved as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO), paving the way for bitcoin options. Then CBOE got into the fray with its announcement yesterday that it has partnered with Gemini, the cryptocurrency endeavor backed by the Winklevoss twins, to use its market data to create bitcoin futures. (I expressed my skepticism of the timeline laid out by CBOE yesterday, as they mentioned a possible Q4 launch or early 2018. I am dubious of…