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Shipbuilding: RJ O’Brien Building Business in Tough Times Blog,Commentary,Special Report

Gerry Corcoran has seen plenty of ups and downs in almost 30 years at RJ O’Brien & Associates. The key is to be a bit of a contrarian – which means building when others are tearing business units down.   The firm, which holds $3.7 billion in segregated customer funds and is among the largest non-bank FCMs in the industry, has held its own in recent years. Low to negative interest rates globally haven’t helped, but the firm has steadily embarked on expanding geographically as well as adding new business lines for the firm. “We’ve circled the wagons around our…

Shipbuilding: RJ O’Brien Building Business in Tough Times Blog,Commentary,Special Report

Gerry Corcoran has seen plenty of ups and downs in almost 30 years at RJ O’Brien & Associates. The key is to be a bit of a contrarian – which means building when others are tearing business units down.   The firm, which holds $3.7 billion in segregated customer funds and is among the largest non-bank FCMs in the industry, has held its own in recent years. Low to negative interest rates globally haven’t helped, but the firm has steadily embarked on expanding geographically as well as adding new business lines for the firm. “We’ve circled the wagons around our…

Sweet 16: The Tops for 2016 Special Report

At last fall’s FIA Expo Chicago, John Lothian News partnered with Cinnober Financial Technology to  bring you industry conversations, where we conduct short interviews with industry participants on the important topics facing the financial markets. The 2015 theme is “Sweet 16: The Tops For 2016.” What technology, regulation, exchange or macroeconomic issue or trend will be most important to our industry next year? We will take the 16 best ideas and thoughts and package them in a John Lothian News video series. Here is what our participants had to say: Part 1 – Exchanges: Exchange leaders will be dealing with…

Strength In Smaller Numbers Blog,Commentary

Jim Kharouf

Back in the mid- to late 1990s, I used to head up the most read edition of the year for Futures Magazine, called the Top 40 Brokers issue. We highlighted the Top 40 Futures Commission Merchants by assets held in customer accounts, also known as required segregated funds, along with other metrics reported to the CFTC. With the number of FCMs whittled down to 54 today, the former Futures, now Modern Trader, just published a Top 30 article Top 30 Brokers: Mean, lean and ready for what comes next, Futures Magazine, and it didn’t even get top billing on the…

Sweet 16: The Tops For 2016 – Technology Interview,Special Report,Tech / HFT,Video

Technology is the lifeblood of the financial markets. As we look ahead in our Sweet 16 series at 2016, here are four ideas from Matthew Rees, Hazem Dawani, Adam Honore and Matt Hughes – about where we are headed with new technology.

John Lothian Newsletter: Royal Dutch Shell CEO to Call for Effective System for Pricing Carbon; Treasury auction sees US join 0% club; Winklevoss twins prepare to launch bitcoin exchange John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read I Love London By John J. Lothian I love London. Last year our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Series attracted 142 interns, college students and young professionals to our events at the CME Group‘s offices and the London Stock Exchange Next week, yes next week, we will be at Nasdaq‘s offices in the Woolgate Exchange building to present our 2015 MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Series. I am pumped by the great lineup of speakers we have. We have tracked down Garry Jones, CEO of LME, to come speak during a very busy LME Week in a talk…

Looking Up: RJO’s Gerry Corcoran Bullish On Managed Futures Blog,Managed Futures

As chairman and CEO of one of the largest FCMs in the world, Gerry Corcoran of RJ O’Brien has diversified its services from futures execution and a clearing member firm to a host of other markets and businesses including managed futures. To him, the managed futures space has a lot of room to grow. JLN editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf sat down with Corcoran last week at the FIA Boca Conference to talk a bit about his views of the managed futures space. Q: What do you see in the managed futures space? A: I’ve personally been invested in managed futures for…

Chicago MarketsWiki World of Opportunity Summer Intern Series On Track Blog

The MarketsWiki World of Opportunity Summer Intern Education Series in Chicago is coming along nicely with sponsors joining us, interns and newer employees signing up and an expanded speaker list. We are pleased to announce BATS, CBOE, CME Group, the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Spot Trading have agreed to be sponsors of our MarketsWiki World of Opportunity Summer Intern Education Series in Chicago. We are also pleased to announce we have over 80 interns and new employees signed up for the Chicago series so far, with more coming in every day. Our venue…

Top 25 Most Read Stories from the John Lothian Newsletter (January 27-31) Blog

Here is a list of the most read stories from the this week’s editions of the John Lothian Newsletter: ICE CEO Sprecher wants regulators to look at ‘maker-taker’ tradingReutershttp://jlne.ws/1aCdZov Voice of Experience: Kim Taylor, President, CME ClearingThe Glasshammerhttp://jlne.ws/1idmF4e US traders resist Nasdaq’s Treasury pushFinancial Timeshttp://jlne.ws/Mfamcq A Suspect Emerges in Stock-Trade Hiccups: Regulation NMSThe Wall Street Journalhttp://jlne.ws/1hIndOT Nasdaq’s plan for cutting prices infuriates rivalsReutershttp://jlne.ws/Mfamck Trading Technologies’ University Program Now Active in More Than 50 SchoolsPress Releasehttp://jlne.ws/MfalW2 R.J. O’Brien Appoints Kevin Hall Managing Director, Sales and Head of New York OfficePress Releasehttp://jlne.ws/1dIswJv Michelle Smith, working behind the scenes to shape the Fed’s…