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.”
Andy Tan was interviewed by Robert Lothian of John Lothian News at the SGX Center in Singapore for the Open Outcry Traders History Project during FIA Asia Week 2023. Tan shared that he had been fascinated by finance from a young age. However, it was a visit to Singapore’s central business district, known as Raffles Place, that truly captured his attention.
Leonard Kok came from a humble background, with working parents, and thought he might be a policeman when he grew up. However, when he went into the Army for his national service, he read that the highest paid people were not doctors or lawyers, but traders.
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.
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.
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.
Bill Herder, region director of FIA Asia, sat down with Robert Lothian of John Lothian News at the FIA Asia Conference in Singapore to discuss the growing role of individual investors in the futures and derivatives markets and the impact of technology on this changing landscape.
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 (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.
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.
Matthias Rietig, Senior Officer & Chief Representative of Singapore Branch, OSE and TOCOM (Japan Exchange Group), recently sat down for an interview with Robert Lothian of John Lothian News during the FiA Asia conference. Rietig offered insights on JPX's latest...
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.
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 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.
At this year’s FIA EXPO, John Lothian News sat down with Trading Technologies (TT) CEO Keith Todd and Abel Noser CEO Peter Weiler for a candid video interview about TT’s purchase of Abel Noser, what is next for TT and more.
First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Welcome to March. One of the market issues of the moment is bitcoin halving, an event that occurs approximately every four years whereby Bitcoin miners are rewarded half the amount they were previously rewarded for...
Observations & Insight Futures Discovery: Physical Delivery VS Cash Settlement JohnLothianNews.com Today, we're delving into the fundamental aspect of futures trading-the Settlement Showdown: Physical Delivery versus Cash Settlement. In the dynamic world of...