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JLN Exchange Leader Series 2017: Jeff Sprecher Says ICE Ready To Roll Out Data and Analytics To Meet The Demand For More Info Feature,Mwiki,Video,video

The Intercontinental Exchange underwent some dramatic changes in 2016. With the purchase of Interactive Data at the end of 2015, ICE spent last year integrating that company along with several others, giving the exchange a major footprint in the data, analytics and research space. ICE Chairman and CEO Jeff Sprecher sat down with JLN at the FIA Boca 2017 Conference to speak about that push as well as what’s next for the exchange. “We spent a lot of our time integrating our data acquisitions, which were new to us, and finalizing the infrastructure that we have been building out for…

Part 2: Next Big Trade: Richard Sandor Says Water Will Be THE Commodity This Century Feature,Video,video

Richard Sandor changed the face of financial markets with the invention of interest rate futures in the 1970s and then changed the face of environmental markets with carbon markets in 2003. But he’s not done yet. Sandor, who authored his latest book called “How I Saw It: Analysis and Commentary on Environmental Finance”  told John Lothian news that water, medicine, even education are ripe for financial market innovations. And in his view, they aren’t that different. “I’m struck by how similar financial innovation is, independent of whether it’s a agricultural, financial, environmental good. They tend to be very similar if…

Vision: What Richard Sandor Saw And Still Sees In Carbon Markets Feature,Video

Richard Sandor has seen just about everything in his career as the “father of financial futures.” From creating the first interest rate futures contract to founding the Chicago Climate Exchange, he tells it all in his latest book,  “How I Saw It: Analysis and Commentary on Environmental Finance”. He spoke with John Lothian News about just how far carbon markets have come since 1999. “It’s amazing to me, where we came from in the last two decades and during the period of this book, from 1997 or 1999 to 2005,” Sandor said. “What became a theoretical construct became a reality…

My Picks for CFTC and SEC Commissioners Blog,Commentary,Mwiki,Politics,Regulation

Despite repeated inquiries to knowledgeable industry players, there is little buzz about prospective new CFTC and SEC Commissioners outside of the chairmen. So if there is no buzz, then let’s create some of our own in time for the FIA Boca Raton International Conference.  I am going to give you my top ten potential candidates for each commission in alphabetical order. That they are on the list does not mean they would be willing to serve, but it does mean I believe they are eminently qualified to serve. I am also going to share with you honorable mentions. These are others…

CME Group CEO Terry Duffy on Business and Interest Rates Under the Trump Administration Feature,Video,video

With a new administration in place and a more optimistic outlook from the market community, CME Group is well positioned to succeed, according to CEO Terry Duffy. Whereas global regulatory efforts have served as a headwind for the industry since the financial crisis, now the United States is benefiting from the perception that the new administration’s stance on regulation will serve as an tailwind. There is much left to be determined, certainly, but even the shift to no new regulation as opposed to deregulation is sufficiently pro-business to elicit optimism, said Duffy.  Adding to that is the Federal Reserve as…

More power to ‘em: Nodal acquired by EEX Blog,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature

The UK doesn’t want ICE to have Trayport. The LSE/Deutsche Boerse deal looks dead in the water. But in one neck of the exchange woods — power — all parties appear happy. Last Friday, the energy exchange EEX (part of the Deutsche Boerse empire) agreed to buy the U.S. based Nodal Exchange in an all-share deal, instantly turning the franchise global. “What’s perfect about this acquisition in some respects is that we do very much similar things — they serve the power markets in Europe and we serve the power markets in the United States — and yet we don’t…

Time To Revive Financial Innovation Feature

So the pendulum swings. In recent days and weeks, financial industry participants have welcomed a softer tone on regulation from the Trump Administration. For some in the industry, the heavy lead regulatory blanket that has weighed down the industry appears to be lifting. Could we be opening the doors to a new era of financial innovation? In the midst of the Dodd-Frank Act rules rollout, mandated by Congress and ushered in by the CFTC and SEC among others, we’ve seen little progress in terms of innovation within the financial services sector with the exception of reporting, compliance and audit solutions….

Walt Lukken: Three Ideas for Trump and a New Optimism for FIA Boca Feature,Regulation,Regulation & Enforcement,Video,video

After almost seven years of Dodd-Frank reforms, the industry has adjusted, reacted and adapted to the new regulatory structure. Now with the new Trump administration in Washington, the FIA sees an opportunity to take stock of what’s been done and what might be the best plan going forward. There’s no doubt the industry has struggled to comply with the spate of new rules from the CFTC, not to mention from other federal agencies. Walt Lukken, president and CEO of the FIA, has advocated for looking at three main areas of regulation that maintain regulatory reforms but allow for more sensible…

20/20 Vision: Richard Sandor, Inventor Of Market Solutions, Releases New Book On Environmental Markets Commentary,Feature

There are few who change the world in a profound way. Richard Sandor, who brought us the first interest rate futures contract, also created the Chicago Climate Exchange in 2003. CCX launched a new set of greenhouse gas contracts as an innovative step to solving the issue of global warming. In his latest book, “How I Saw It,” Sandor republishes many of the columns he wrote from 1999 to 2005 during that pivotal time in the development of environmental markets. Despite what some may think about carbon markets today – as a politically unpopular solution in Washington – it’s a…