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D is for Data: FinTech Exchange Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Fintech,Mwiki,Tech / HFT

The sold-out FinTech Exchange conference, hosted by Barchart, was largely about data – what to do with data, how exchanges are capturing new data and how to trade it. That, on its surface, isn’t particularly new. But the infrastructure to capture all kinds of data is now developed. The CME Group’s Julie Armstrong Menacho colorfully outlined how the exchange has migrated all of its historical data onto the cloud, giving customers greater access to it, along with a growing list of partners who provide alternative data sets like satellite images of oil storage facilities or social media sentiment. CBOE’s Catherine…

The future of futures markets: Exchanges looking to fail fast Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Mwiki

Andreas Preuss, deputy CEO, Deutsche Boerse had a show stopper. At the IOMA: World Federation Exchanges conference in Frankfurt on Friday, he said his exchange will have to speed up its business processes exponentially in the next two to three years in order to thrive. Implementing products and services from beginning to release will go from today’s 18 months to 4 days. Yes, you read that correctly. And no, no one in the audience was laughing. “The old way was seven months of iterations of prototypes,” Preuss said. “In the world I am aiming at, the business IT and operations…

Jim Oliff is Good to Go Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Mwiki

When Jim Oliff resigned from the CME Group board a couple of weeks ago several friends reached out to him to check on his health. They figured such a sudden exit from the CME board of directors after 31 years must be because of a health problem. That is not the case. Jim Oliff is healthy, wealthy and wise. The wealthy and wise parts are a combination of being a CME member and having earned a wealth of experience and industry knowledge from his years as a key insider at the CME during its ascendency over the last 30+ years….

GreenKey CEO Focused on Using the Cloud for Next-Gen Voice Broking Data Feature,Fintech,Video,video

For years people have been predicting the demise of voice broking, but to a great extent what has happened is smaller voice broker desks are doing the same amount of work. This calls for more efficiency and a creative use of technology, according to Nader Shwayhat, the CEO of Green Key Technologies. Since the company began, GreenKey has focused on combining voice and data, and in 2017 they plan to start extracting data within voice conversations and integrating it into customers’ screens. For the most part, Shwayhat said, only about 10 percent of the information from voice conversations ever makes…

Paxos using blockchain to fix problems in capital intensive businesses Feature,Video,video

Charles Cascarilla, CEO of the fintech company Paxos, says the current way of dealing with back and middle office post-trade processes is too manpower-intensive and is hindering businesses. He believes blockchain is the solution to some of the problems affecting capital-intensive businesses. Since the financial crisis, exchanges have eliminated 10 percent of costs out of the front office but only five percent out of the back and middle office, because firms are using old technology, Cascarilla said. Enter blockchain, a distributed ledger that lets everyone use a shared books and records system, getting rid of the need for different firms…

Next Frontier: NEX Group’s Michael Spencer Says The New Firm In Position To Capitalize On Trading And Technology Feature,Video,video

With the sale of the ICAP voice brokerage business in December 2016, NEX Group was born, or perhaps, re-born. The re-booted NEX is composed of electronic OTC interest rate and FX markets, a listed exchange, plus a group of technology firms for pre- and post-trade services, as well as a venture capital firm focused on fintech. NEX CEO Michael Spencer spoke with John Lothian News at the FIA Boca conference about the newly formed company which he described as a “technology focused series of assets.” By that he means NEX still operates four main business units: NEX Markets, which runs…

JLN Exchange Leader Series 2017: LME’s Chamberlain on Ambitious Deployment Schedule Feature,Video,video

The London Metal Exchange is in flux after the departure of CEO Garry Jones at the beginning of the year. That leaves interim CEO Matt Chamberlain with structural problems to address and a “hugely ambitious” deployment plan for 2017. In this JLN Exchange Leader Video, Chamberlain outlines these plans and the existential issues facing the exchange. The highlight for LME in 2016 was LME’s steel scrap and rebar contracts. Introduced in late 2015, the contracts picked up traction in 2016.  LME wanted to avoid shoehorning new products into their preexisting contract format. The steel contracts were a departure from the…

JLN Exchange Leader Series 2017: Romnesh Lamba – Finding Opportunities in HKEx’s Relationship with China Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Mwiki,Video,video

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 Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Video,video

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…