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CFTC’s Massad Recaps 2016 Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Interview,Mwiki,ReformWiki,Regulation & Enforcement,Video

Chairman says Reg AT is next big item on the list to finish before yearend. The futures industry’s regulator had several initiatives in 2016 but the top items were tackling the issue of cybersecurity, margin and the upcoming finalization of automated trading rules. On cybersecurity, the CFTC adopted rules for the exchanges, clearing houses, trading platforms and trade repositories that require more testing of platforms and systems to make them more secure. “That’s probably the biggest single threat to financial stability in our markets today,” said Timothy Massad, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, who spoke with John Lothian…

Dealing with structural complexity in global derivatives markets; The VIX – Not So Fearsome After All?; Treasury Yield Curve Flattens as Draghi Downplays Altering QE Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Run Gary Run By Jim Kharouf It has been almost two years since Gary Gensler left the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as perhaps its most talked about, debated and in some circles, despised chairman. To some, his unrelenting drive to pound home rules established by the Dodd-Frank Act was considered a declaration of war against the derivatives industry. To his supporters, his determination was lauded, and he was considered one of the guys who was ready to stand up to Wall Street and LaSalle Street all in the name of Main Street. Now Gensler has grabbed attention…

A Tangled Web: Exploring The Explosive U.S. Growth Of Options On Futures Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Mwiki,Options

Options on futures volumes have been on the rise since the financial crisis. To explore the reasons for the trend, John Lothian News spoke with a variety of industry participants over the course of the summer.  The cause of the increasing volumes is an amalgam of larger trends in the financial industry, and the effects are a bright spot in an overall dark landscape.   Click here to view the article.         

You Gotta Have Wa: JPX Looks For Harmony And Expansion With New Trading Platform Commentary,Video

Just over three years ago, Japan’s equity and financial derivatives markets made a bold move to consolidate in an effort to leverage their strengths and create a cash equity and derivatives powerhouse through the merger of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Exchange. As the two exchanges moved ahead, cash equities were consolidated in Tokyo, while the Osaka Exchange took on financial derivatives. “We changed the perception of our market, as we integrated very strong cash equity market with the very agile derivatives business, and we are feeding off each other’s strengths,” said Hiromi Yamaji, president and CEO of the…

Brexit: The View from the Windy City Blog,Commentary

Henry VIII picture courtesy of Wikipedia

On June 23 of  this year, the United Kingdom will hold a referendum to decide whether to exit the European Union. The vote has all of the hallmarks of a decisive, or potentially divisive, event. As students of history may know, on June 23, 1532 (which incidentally was also a leap year) Henry VIII, the King of England, entered into a secret agreement with the King of France, Francis I to the detriment of Charles V, the ruler of the Spanish and Holy Roman Empires. The underlying reason for the secret pact was apparently concern that Charles V was attempting…

Mark Spanbroek, European Principal Traders Association – Financial Markets 2.0 video

“What trading is really about is finding an algorithmic, or systematic way, to analyze the market. And this is done with data.” Mark Spanbroek’s trading career spanned the transition from the old world of trading pits to the new world of algorithms. He now serves as acting chairman of the FIA European Principal Traders Association (EPTA). In this MarketsWiki Education presentation, Spanbroek showcases both worlds – Financial Markets 1.0 and 2.0 – from the pit trader in the multi-colored trading jacket to today’s trader, which he says is not a trader, but rather an engineer, and today’s trading strategy is…

Rick Tomsic, Tradovate – Building with Vision Video

“You don’t need 20 years in an industry to have vision.  Some of the best ideas come from a unique vantage point.  Your vantage point… it’s not jaded.  You don’t know how futures technology may be used.  You may look at it from a fresh alternative.” The first step down an unknown path takes guts.  But if you’ve calculated your risks, you have a chance for outsized rewards.  For Rick Tomsic, CEO of Tradovate, that step meant leaving an established position in a managerial program for an eat what you can kill broker gig.  A step further down the road…

Big Picture: Sandor Says Look Beyond US For Air And Water Markets Environmental/Energy,Interview,Video

Richard Sandor is one of the pioneers in financial derivatives and the environmental markets world as founder of the Chicago Climate Exchange. Now with his second book, Sustainable Investing And Environmental Markets, Sandor says this asset class has come a long way over the past 12 years but has a long way to go from here. “I think we’ve made enormous progress,” he says. “You wouldn’t necessarily believe it was true because of the lack of federal action in the the United States. But I think that would be naive. In fact, you have proposals pending by the EPA that…