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Catherine Clay, Global Head of Derivatives at Cboe Global Markets, Discusses Vision for Unified Derivatives Franchise

Catherine Clay, Global Head of Derivatives at Cboe Global Markets, Discusses Vision for Unified Derivatives Franchise

Catherine Clay, the global head of derivatives at Cboe Global Markets, recently shared insights into the strategic reorganization of the company’s derivatives operations in an interview with John Lothian News at FIA’s International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, FL. This discussion was part of the JLN Industry Leader video series sponsored by Wedbush.

Industry Analyst Larry Tabb Discusses Cryptocurrencies, AI, and Market Dynamics at FIA Futures Conference

Industry Analyst Larry Tabb Discusses Cryptocurrencies, AI, and Market Dynamics at FIA Futures Conference

At the FIA International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, FL, John Lothian News conducted an  interview with Larry Tabb of Bloomberg Intelligence as part of the JLN Industry Leader video series sponsored by Wedbush. Tabb, known for his expertise in industry and market analysis, shared  his insights into cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence, equity options growth and increased demand for U.S. equities during non-traditional market hours. 

BMLL CEO Paul Humphrey Talks Expansion & Quality Data in JLN Interview

BMLL CEO Paul Humphrey Talks Expansion & Quality Data in JLN Interview

BMLL is on a roll after an investment from Nasdaq and Factset allowed it to expand its content, hire more engineers to onboard the data and grow its go-to-market division, including expanding into the U.S.  John Lothian News interviewed BMLL Technologies CEO Paul Humphrey for the JLN Industry Leader series sponsored by Wedbush at the FIA International Futures Conference in Boca Raton, FL, where he discussed the complexities traders face when testing strategies across different asset classes. He also talked about BMLL’s post investment growth and highlighted the pivotal role of high-quality data in enhancing trading outcomes.

CFTC Chairman Rostin Behnam Discusses Market Volatility, Data-Driven Culture, and Future Initiatives at FIA Futures Conference

CFTC Chairman Rostin Behnam Discusses Market Volatility, Data-Driven Culture, and Future Initiatives at FIA Futures Conference

At the FIA’s International Futures Conference in Boca Raton, FL, John Lothian News interviewed CFTC Chairman Rostin Behnam on topics ranging from the CFTC’s reaction to the death of former CFTC Chief of Staff Mike Gill to making the CFTC a more data driven culture to using Little Orphan Annie as the spokesperson for its AI fraud initiatives. The latter refers to the AI announcement I rewrote using ChatGPT as if done by Little Orphan Annie.

Fenergo’s Tracy Moore on Basel III’s Impact and the Future of Banking Compliance

Fenergo’s Tracy Moore on Basel III’s Impact and the Future of Banking Compliance

In a recent interview with John Lothian News, Tracy Moore, director of thought leadership and regulatory affairs at Fenergo, explored the complexities and ramifications of Basel III regulations on the banking sector. Moore, with her extensive experience in regulatory compliance and financial technology, provided insightful perspectives on how Basel III could reshape banks’ operations and strategies.

Moore said that Basel III is not merely about compliance but is pivotal in building a resilient and sustainable banking ecosystem. She said that these regulations would necessitate a closer engagement with industry experts and collaboration among banks to adapt effectively to the changing regulatory landscape.

Sam Gaer’s Open Outcry History Was a Path To Electronic Trading

Sam Gaer’s Open Outcry History Was a Path To Electronic Trading

Sam Gaer’s foray into the futures industry began at the age of 15 when he sought a summer job and was recruited as a runner on the COMEX. Initially hesitant to wake up at 7 a.m. and commute from his suburban New Jersey home to New York, he swiftly relented upon learning of the $5 cash hourly wage.

His first day saw him working in the COMEX gold pit, running orders to brokers. Despite not really knowing what he was doing, by the end of the summer he had figured out how to chart prices. He also knew about taking orders from phone clerks, running them where they needed to go, what types of orders there were and where the more important orders went. He said, “I just kind of took to it.”

The FIA sure knows a Hall of Fame Way to say ‘I love you’ on Valentine’s Day

The FIA sure knows a Hall of Fame Way to say ‘I love you’ on Valentine’s Day

The FIA sure knows how to say I love you on Valentine’s Day. Shortly after the newsletter was published yesterday, the FIA sent a press release announcing the names of the 2024 inductees into the Hall of Fame and my name was on the list. 

OK, I knew I was being named already because I was on the committee that picked the inductees. For the record, the committee did not hold a vote name by name, so I did not have to recuse myself on the vote. 

I was very pleased that two people I nominated were named to the Hall of Fame. This is not to say other people did not nominate these two also, but I nominated Leslie Sutphen and Wiliam J. Mallers, Sr. for the Hall of Fame. Mallers is a former employer of mine when I was at First American Discount, a firm he founded. 

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.

Rich Repetto Reflects on a Research Career Analyzing Electronic Trading

Rich Repetto Reflects on a Research Career Analyzing Electronic Trading

John Lothian News recently interviewed the recently retired Piper Sandler Managing Director Rich Repetto for the John Lothian Profiles video series. The interview coincided with Repetto’s recognition by the charity Tuesday’s Children. Repetto shared insights from his career journey in the financial industry, which started rather late. Repetto began work on a Wharton MBA at age 36 after graduating from West Point and serving in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot for five years. At Wharton he took every finance class he could to catch up, he said.

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.

Reviving Birmingham-Southern: Dan Coleman’s Journey to Save a Struggling College

Reviving Birmingham-Southern: Dan Coleman’s Journey to Save a Struggling College

Dan Coleman left KCG after it was acquired by Virtu Financial and moved back to Birmingham, Alabama to contemplate his future. He reached out to a local college, Birmingham-Southern, whose board he once served on. Little did he know he would soon end up as its president. 

While waiting for the Virtu deal to close, Coleman called the college and asked what was going on there. This led to a conversation during which he was hired as a college professor teaching investments. He dove into the text book for the class and found it was the same one he had studied in 1993 when he was an undergraduate. Coleman sensed that some of his knowledge was out of date and decided to take a class in computer programming using Python, as well as one in mathematics. In the spring he took more Python and actuarial math, a subject he wishes he had studied earlier, he said. 

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