Asia/Pacific

Rama Pillai’s Path to Electronic Trading Showed He is a Good Student

Rama Pillai’s Path to Electronic Trading Showed He is a Good Student

Rama Pillai enjoyed being a student and earned three separate degrees before deciding to come to Singapore to accept a position with SIMEX in 1991. Studying the floor-to-screen migration of other exchanges and spearheading a proactive migration plan for SGX showed that Pillai was a good student.

The seven-year-old SIMEX made Pillai employee number 118 when he joined a three-person sales team that also handled marketing and business development. Reflecting on this experience, he remarked, “It was just the three of us covering the world.”

There is No Way to Thank Everyone, but Some People Must be Mentioned

There is No Way to Thank Everyone, but Some People Must be Mentioned

I wish I could share this news of my being named to the FIA Hall of Fame with my mother and father, but both have passed, my mother in 2022 and my father in 2003. Even though my father has been gone for nearly a generation, his light shines through me via his wisdom, tolerance, community service, faith and love of family. I always said that using both of my college degrees, one in finance, the other in journalism, made my mother happy. As a teacher, education was important to her. But my parents insisted the only thing they were going to give me besides love was an education and then I was on my own.

From Open Outcry to Electronic Evolution: Insights from Marcus Goi, CEO of Orient Futures International

From Open Outcry to Electronic Evolution: Insights from Marcus Goi, CEO of Orient Futures International

n an Open Outcry Traders History Project interview conducted in Singapore during the FIA ASIA week, Marcus Goi, managing director and CEO of Orient Futures International, shared his career journey and insights into the evolution of electronic trading. The interview took place at SGX’s offices, with Robert Lothian from John Lothian News conducting the interview.

FIA Tech CEO Nick Solinger Discusses Partnership with eClerx to Boost Trade Data Network and Launch of Help Desk

FIA Tech CEO Nick Solinger Discusses Partnership with eClerx to Boost Trade Data Network and Launch of Help Desk

In a video interview with John Lothian News, FIA Tech CEO Nick Solinger discussed the recently announced partnership with eClerx to enhance its Trade Data Network (TDN) and the launch of a collaborative help desk.

Solinger described TDN as an industry initiative designed to consolidate diverse data sources in the exchange-traded derivatives market. This market’s diversity, with firms trading across global exchanges using different systems, often led to operational disruptions during high-volume days or unexpected events such as conflicts or shifts to remote work due to COVID-19.

General Counsel Allison Lurton Reflects on the Impact of Technology on the Futures Industry Workforce at FIA Asia Conference

General Counsel Allison Lurton Reflects on the Impact of Technology on the Futures Industry Workforce at FIA Asia Conference

At the FIA Asia Conference held in Singapore, Allison Lurton, general counsel and chief legal officer at FIA, shared her insights on the evolving landscape of the futures industry workforce in the face of advancing technology. The interview, conducted by Robert Lothian of John Lothian News, looked into crucial topics regarding automation, job displacement, and the role of human intelligence in a technology-driven world.

Trading Technologies Executive Alice Pocklington Discusses APAC Expansion and Growth Prospects at FIA Asia 2023

Trading Technologies Executive Alice Pocklington Discusses APAC Expansion and Growth Prospects at FIA Asia 2023

Trading Technologies (TT) Executive Vice President for Asia Pacific, Alice Pocklington, recently sat down for an interview with John Lothian News during FIA Asia 2023. Pocklington, who has resided in Singapore for the past 12 years, discussed her background and her role in overseeing and unifying the Asian region within TT’s leadership team.

“I was brought in to really oversee Asia and really unify the region and give a voice to Asia on the leadership team,” Pocklington said.

CQG’s Expansion Strategies and AI Focus Unveiled in FIA Asia 2023 Interview

CQG’s Expansion Strategies and AI Focus Unveiled in FIA Asia 2023 Interview

In a recent interview at FIA Asia 2023, Patrick Kenny and John Co of CQG shared insights into their company’s strategies and initiatives in the Asian markets in an interview with Robert Lothian of John Lothian News.

A top priority for CQG is establishing direct connectivity to major Asian exchanges, Kenny said. He emphasized the importance of Hong Kong Exchange & Clearing as one of the world’s prominent exchanges, saying it serves as a gateway for smaller exchanges in the region to engage with CQG’s services.

SGX CEO Loh Boon Chye Discusses Strategic Initiatives and Market Trends at FIA Asia Conference; Interviewed by JLN’s Robert Lothian

SGX CEO Loh Boon Chye Discusses Strategic Initiatives and Market Trends at FIA Asia Conference; Interviewed by JLN’s Robert Lothian

Loh Boon Chye, CEO of SGX, was interviewed by Robert Lothian of John Lothian News at the FIA Asia conference in Singapore and addressed several key topics driving growth at SGX. Boon Chye emphasized SGX’s strategy to invest in new mineral contracts, particularly in partnership with Indian businesses, as part of its commodities suite.

WIFM’s Broad Appeal: Rapid Program Fill-Up, Male Ally Initiatives, and Record-breaking Gala Attendance Highlighted by Leadership

WIFM’s Broad Appeal: Rapid Program Fill-Up, Male Ally Initiatives, and Record-breaking Gala Attendance Highlighted by Leadership

In the second segment of JLN’s conversation with WIFM’s Chair Marisol Collazo and President & CEO Cassandra Seier, Collazo pinpointed high-caliber events and robust networking as major draws for members.

The appeal of WIFM’s offerings isn’t limited to women; both genders show keen interest. Notably, new programs often reach full capacity within just 30 minutes of invitations being released, according to Collazo.

Women in Derivatives Rebrands as Women in Financial Markets: A Pivot Towards a More Inclusive Future

Women in Derivatives Rebrands as Women in Financial Markets: A Pivot Towards a More Inclusive Future

Women in Derivatives has unveiled its rebranding as Women in Financial Markets (WIFM). John Lothian News reached out to Marisol Collazo, WIFM board chair, and Cassandra Seier, the organization’s president & CEO, for insights into the rebrand and other developments within the organization.

Collazo emphasized that the organization’s influence wasn’t limited to derivatives. “Our careers move and we wanted to move with our members in terms of a rebranding name that better reflects a more inclusive, more equitable environment for women,” said Collazo.

Hedge Funds Get Closer to Clearing Repo Trades Directly on Eurex

Hedge Funds Get Closer to Clearing Repo Trades Directly on Eurex

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