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Tag Archives: ICAP

NEX Stop, The Future Of Markets Blog,Commentary,Feature

Sometimes the machine needs a reboot. Such is the case with NEX Group, the former ICAP group minus the ICAP voice brokerage business. By now, we know that NEX’s CEO Michael Spencer looked to the future and decided that voice brokering wasn’t it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. But it just isn’t what he wants to do with his time or shareholder money. So what’s left? Plenty actually, although it took me a while to figure it out. In a simplistic sense, the company is rolling all of its trading platforms, technology companies and venture capital arm into one…

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…

Barclays Severing Ties With Up to 7,000 Clients to Boost Returns; ICAP looks to process forex trades on blockchain; Deutsche axes bonuses to pay toxic loans fine John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read The big events that shook financial markets in 2016; Brexit, Trump and oil among the key contributors to a tumultuous year by: Michael Mackenzie and Joe Murtagh – FT A series of big events shaped financial markets in 2016. Here is a selection of FT analyses and commentary, alongside charts, highlighting a tumultuous year. /goo.gl/sF6vna ***** Get ready for the year-end review stories. ++++ Celebrating the 15th anniversary and a new name SIX News SIX Swiss Exchange hosted the celebration of 100 Women in Hedge Funds and the announcement of its new appearance as 100 Women in Finance….

Historic Risk Management Rules and Practices Go Live on March 1, 2017 in Leading Markets; Clearing houses not “too big to fail” – CFTC; Goldman Tells Stock Pickers to Rejoice as Correlations Decline Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Historic Risk Management Rules and Practices Go Live on March 1, 2017 in Leading Markets Seyfarth Shaw LLP – JDSupra For the first time in the history of derivatives, regulators in leading markets will require assets to collateralize many derivatives which are not settled in a regulated clearinghouse. It is not possible to overstate the significance of this global regulatory development, which began to take effect in the United States on September 1, 2016, and will continue to apply in 2017 in several industries domestically and across national borders. jlne.ws/2h3sWEV Clearing houses not “too big to fail” –…

Market Calm Back as Short-Term Volatility Falls Most Ever; OCC News; Post-Trump About-Face Triggers 2 Rare S&P Signals Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight 2016 Could Be The Year Of The CEO By Jim Kharouf, JLN Editor-in-Chief Forget the Chinese New Year plunge, Brexit, The Donald or even the Cubs. This is also shaping up as the year of the new CEO, with exchanges and clearinghouses especially, in moves that could reshape our markets in the coming years. The two biggest CEO changes came within days of each other, with Terry Duffy taking the reins as CEO at CME Group from Phupinder Gill and Adena Friedman at Nasdaq, taking over from longtime CEO Robert Greifeld at the start of 2017. They…

Ding-dong the VIX is dead (but risk is rising); Europe is ‘unlikely’ to seize euro-based clearing from London, says S&P; Yellen Signals Fed Remains Likely to Raise Rates Next Month Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Ding-dong the VIX is dead (but risk is rising) James Saft – Reuters The VIX, the so-called fear gauge, is dead but the real risk-appetite index is falling. The dollar is the new and true North Star of global markets, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Bank for International Settlements, with a rising dollar coinciding with falling risk tolerance. This just in time for the Trump era, widely expected to bring with it rising inflation and interest rates driving a rising dollar. /goo.gl/UckqBt ****SD: Maybe people always inferred too much from the VIX? Whatever the…

SEC approves vast surveillance system for stock market; Debate intensifies over ETFs’ impact on markets; Energy Traders Said to Be Probed in U.K. Over Spark Spoofing John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Cathy Lyall, Minnamurra Consulting – 30 Years of Change MarketsWikiEducation.com Cathy Lyall’s first day in the markets was 1987’s Black Monday. She had planned on going into foreign affairs but snagged a job as a futures broker the Thursday before the crash from her boyfriend, a cash bond broker. She also signed her first mortgage in London the Friday before Lehman Brothers collapsed. Life events when synced with world events yield perspective. In the period between her first day on the job and her first mortgage, Lyall, currently director of Minnamurra Consulting, noticed a shift in the industry’s…

Dollar Is New Fear Index as Easing Renders VIX Useless, BIS Says; Nasdaq’s new CEO faces challenge as industry goes supersize; Traders Salivate as Volatility Returns Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight A Basel netting issue: Pushing for less burdensome capital requirements in the options market Spencer Doar – JLN The unintended consequences of financial regulation have been seeping into the markets since the first rule was made in the wake of the financial crisis. One prime example is the leverage ratio, which determines the required capital of general clearing members. The actual calculation of the capital requirement within the Basel III leverage ratio framework is a particular sticking point for the OCC. Right now, the Current Exposure Method (CEM) is used in the calculation, whereas the OCC and…

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…