Timing is everything in the derivatives industry. In the case of IncubEx, which develops financial products in environmental, climate risk and related commodity markets, the company appears to be right on time.
In an interview with John Lothian News at FIA Expo, Dan Scarbrough, the founder, president and COO of IncubEx, described his start in the industry with the Chicago Climate Exchange more than 15 years ago. The Intercontinental Exchange bought the Chicago Climate Exchange and its parent company, the Climate Exchange, in 2010.
Robert Fitzsimmons, executive vice president at Wedbush Securities, spoke with John Lothian News at FIA Expo 2021 about his observations, insights and opinions on everything from the conference itself to the state of cryptocurrency today. As executive vice president, Fitzsimmons manages futures, fixed income groups, and securities lending.
Among the talking points from the conference, one topic of concern was the notion of disintermediation, which essentially cuts out the middle men — removing banks, brokers, or other third parties — allowing individuals to invest directly.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, CQG is notable for its long run offering real-time and historical trading data, along with technical analysis tools, but its leaders are in no mood to fade into the sunset. Instead, they are pivoting to take on the next generation.
In a video interview with JLN at FIA Expo 2021, Ryan Moroney, CQG Inc. president, and Pat Kenny, senior vice president, talked about a suite of trade execution technologies recently unveiled by the company.
— Tesla continues to grab headlines, options trading mostly remains brisk;
— John’s Take: Private equity plays the industry name game;
— Russell Rhoads broadens ‘Terms’ with a China A 50 Index comparison.
The story of FTX is, so far, a short but impressive one. As Brett Harrison tells it, the spot cryptocurrency exchange started only about a year ago. Now FTX does about $400 million in spot volume per day “and growing.” That’s after increasing the company’s user base by 50% in the last quarter.
But in an interview with John Lothian News at FIA Expo 2021, Harrison, the president of FTX, focused on the company’s larger ambitions. He noted that FTX recently acquired CFTC-regulated LedgerX, a clearinghouse and derivatives clearing organization (DCO), that it rebranded as FTX US Derivatives.The platform opens the door for FTX to offer crypto derivatives — futures and options — to its U.S. customers, he said.
Why bring Exegy Inc. and Vela Trading Systems together? The firms combined forces last May and two of their executives talked to JLN about the reason behind their merger at the FIA Expo 2021 in November.
David Taylor, Exegy’s chief technology officer and co-president, said the combination allows the companies to have more scale in the marketplace and gives them more opportunities to invest in the expansion of the company’s offerings. “Growing organically and inorganically was always part of our agenda,” he said.
Bevon Joseph, executive director and co-founder of the Greenwood Project — along with his wife, Elois Joseph — is a victim of his own success. The program has boomed, and he is thrilled.
“The impact has been crazy,” he said. “We didn’t see this coming, but we are happy.”
In a video interview with John Lothian News at FIA Expo 2021, Joseph said the program, which introduces high school and college students in underserved communities to the financial services industry, has seen especially dramatic expansion in 2020 and 2021 with the attraction of new talent and the extension of the project to new cities.
The intense market volatility seen during the beginning of the global pandemic, particularly in April and May, underscored both the interconnectedness of the markets and the fact that not every participant is at the same level, said Chris Edmonds, global head of closing and risk at the Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.
In a video interview with John Lothian News at FIA Expo 2021 following a roundtable on operational efficiencies, Edmonds said it became clear during COVID-19 and the abrupt move to working at home that more efficient ways to share information sooner are needed.
– Tesla CEO Elon Musk sells shares, briefly captivates the equity market; Higher inflation news chills Treasury trading; Options volume continues to set records;
– John’s Take profiles Stable, the winning innovator of the year at FIA Expo 2021;
– EQDerivatives’ Russell Rhoads explains the Nasdaq-100 Volatility Index in the Term of the Week.
It was nearly a week after Trading Technologies announced it would be acquired by the private equity firm 7RIDGE, along with its limited partners Cboe Global Markets, Inc. and the Singapore Exchange, but the company’s top executives were still celebrating.
Interviewed together at the FIA Expo last week, Tim Geannopulos, chairman and CEO of Trading Technologies, and Keith Todd, incoming CEO of TT and current chairman and CEO of KRM22, were positively giddy with excitement about the deal.
CFTC Commissioner Dawn Stump rolled her eyes when asked who regulates cash cryptocurrency markets.
Speaking to John Lothian in a video interview following her keynote address last week at the FIA Expo, Stump said the question is “an unfortunate example” of what she sees as an ongoing mission to correct confusion over what agency regulates what entity.
Although the five speakers at a Thursday FIA Expo panel titled “Sustainability/ESG and Markets” agreed that the ESG sector is one of the biggest growth areas in the marketplace, they said it can be difficult to define exactly what ESG encompasses.
The “E” (for environmental) is self-evident, but the “social and governance components are much more challenging,” said Elizabeth Turner, Qontigo’s director of index product management.
In a keynote address at the FIA Expo on Wednesday, CFTC Commissioner Dawn Stump urged the industry, and regulators, to go back to the basics in their discussions of who should oversee digital assets and how they should be overseen before “engaging in a jurisdictional power-grab.”
“Out of a crisis comes innovation,” noted the moderator of a Wednesday FIA exchange leader panel, Jacqueline Mesa, who also is FIA chief operating officer and senior vice president of global policy.
She then asked the three panelists on the Wednesday FIA Expo panel, Terry Duffy, chairman and CEO of CME Group, Ed Tilly, chairman, CEO and president of Cboe Global Markets, and Jeff Sprecher, chairman and CEO of Intercontinental Exchange, what big trends came out of the pandemic.
It’s been two years since an in-person FIA Expo in Chicago and judging from the effusive mood of the crowd, there was a lot of pent-up demand.
Kicking off two days of panels and fireside chats on Wednesday was FIA President and CEO Walt Lukken, who noted that while the industry adapted and was highly productive during those gap years, “there are certain synergies and intangibles that can’t be replicated.”
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