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Stockholm: The Origin and Global Leader of Transaction Technology – Peter Fredriksson, Baymarkets MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“The market has moved from transaction to a lot of other parts of the transaction chain – to pre-trade, post-trade, clearing and post-clearing.” Peter Fredriksson, CEO of Baymarkets, says OM, the company that eventually became Nasdaq OMX, basically invented transaction technology. In his view, Stockholm and more broadly, Sweden, have been pioneers in automating the financial markets and making them more efficient. Stockholm was even early in the exchange merger and acquisition space, paving the way for OM to acquire the Stockholm Stock Exchange. And that led to industry innovators like ORC (now Itiviti), Sungard (now FIS) and TriOptima (now…

High-frequency trading has reshaped Wall Street in its image; IBM launches enterprise-ready blockchain service; EU’s flawed claim to a global financial hub John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read FIA Recap: Finding Technology Solutions Everywhere By Jim Kharouf, JLN The FIA Boca 2017 conference was revealing in subtle ways, well beyond the big names that impressed the audience. In numerous talks with attendees, we found that technologies are continuing to drive innovation and change within the industry, and 2017 may be the year that is marked as a turning point. One noticeable trend is the push for a more holistic approach to technology. And what does that mean? Take NEX Group’s new structure. The firm, rebooted from its ICAP roots, now is rolling out a new approach…

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….

Steve Grob, Fidessa — The Innovator’s Dilemma Feature,MWEd,Mwiki,Video,video

What are the chances the firm you work for will be around in five or 10 years? In our video from JLN’s MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Event in London 2016, Steve Grob, director of group strategy with Fidessa, talks about why most businesses will inevitably fail and how to see that coming. For him, most failures come down to an unwillingness to take the blinders off and listen to any outside influences.   “The point I’m trying to make is that so many firms are so engrossed in solving the very short-term, immediate, and short-sighted needs of their customers,…

Scott Feldman, ICAP Infinity – The Fintech Evolution Fintech,MWEd,Mwiki,Video,video

“That ability to communicate well and play [the role of] Google Translate is a differentiating factor for someone in the fintech space. You’ve got to marry the technology with the finance, and a lot of times they don’t speak the same language.”   That ability to communicate is one of the soft skills that people hiring in the fintech space seek in candidates. But the industry looks for many more traits in prospective entrants because fintech is a developing corner of the market and, as such, there is no one template for a dream resume or candidate. According to Scott…

What investors misunderstand about the politics of rage; CFTC set to tweak rules for automated trading; Wall Street Bonuses to Decline John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read A Big Deal in Chicago, U.S. and the World By John J. Lothian and Jim Kharouf – JLN Tomorrow is election day in the United States. It’s almost hard to write the first word of our country’s name because we are hardly united these days – divided over everything from political idealism, immigration, terrorism, globalization, capitalism to the many other isms and phobias that threaten what we stand for as a country, and arguably THE standard bearer for democracy. And yet, here we stand on the eve of the election faced with a choice to make between two…

Market change doesn’t have to be violent to hurt; U.S. Said to Probe Tullett, BGC, TFS-ICAP Over FX Options; Buy Side Looks to Fill Market-Making Vacuum Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces Last call. Our MarketsWiki Education series in London will be held on Monday. Do you know any interns, students, or young professionals who would benefit from hearing about our industry from the likes of Scott O’Malia, Guy Simpkin, Steve Woodyatt, Steve Grob, Rob Russell, Andrew Gibbins, Cathy Lyall and more? It’s not too late to send them our way. Register http://bit.ly/1XxdC46. Hosted at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 25 Basinghall St, London EC2V 5HA, there are three 90 minute sessions: from 10:00 to 11:30, 13:00 to 14:30 and 15:00 to 16:30….

Women in Fintech Panel at Expo Highlights Problems and Solutions Blog,Fintech

Both women and men gave high marks to the Women in Listed Derivatives-sponsored panel on Women Who Shape Fintech, moderated by Diane Saucier, the president of WILD and client relationship manager at Fitch Learning. Some of the takeaways were: There is still a “confidence gap” between men and women. For example, women are often hesitant to apply for a particular job unless they meet 100 percent of the qualification requirements, whereas men often take a chance even if they only meet 70 percent. Only about 7 percent of entrepreneurs getting funding are women. And there are even fewer in fintech….

Rob D’Arco, Rival Systems – Technology: the Center of the (Financial) World Blog,MarketsWiki Education,Video

“It’s an exciting time for technology in the trading industry. Never before has technology been so instrumental across all aspects of the financial markets.” When Rob D’Arco was tasked with the design of an options trading platform 15 years ago, he was admittedly nervous. Though his management consulting and technology background had prepared him for the assignment from a competency standpoint, he knew nothing about trading environments and trader mentality, aside from a few horror stories about working with traders and trading groups. In the end, he was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to work with the traders,…