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Options Education Goes Mobile: How Mat Cashman Is Bringing Wall Street to Your Pocket

Options Education Goes Mobile: How Mat Cashman Is Bringing Wall Street to Your Pocket

In the dynamic world of financial derivatives, Mat Cashman of the Options Industry Council (OIC) is on a mission to demystify the complex realm of options trading. As part of the OIC’s investor education team, Cashman is at the forefront of a digital revolution in financial literacy, adapting to the changing habits of a new generation of traders.

“We’re seeing a mirror of what’s happening in the entire industry—the democratization of access to information,” Cashman explains, noting the shift towards mobile-based trading. With 97% of options trades on some platforms now executed via smartphone, the OIC is pivoting to meet traders where they are: on their phones, with attention spans shrinking by the minute.

OCC’s Tech Overhaul Poised to Reshape Options Trading

OCC’s Tech Overhaul Poised to Reshape Options Trading

In the heart of Asheville, NC, in a quiet corner of the bustling Options Industry Conference, Mike Hansen, the chief clearing and settlement services officer of the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC), sat down for an interview with John Lothian News for the JLN Industry Leader video series sponsored by the OCC. His demeanor was calm, but his words carried the weight of an industry on the cusp of significant change.

Hansen, a veteran with over two decades in the options industry, is at the forefront of several transformative initiatives. As the Dallas site leader for OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, he’s overseeing a technological revolution that promises to reshape the landscape of options trading.

NYSE Executive Hyde Sees Retail Surge and Regulatory Hurdles Shaping Options Market Future

NYSE Executive Hyde Sees Retail Surge and Regulatory Hurdles Shaping Options Market Future

In an interview at the Options Industry Conference in Asheville, NC, James Hyde, head of business development and strategic partnerships at NYSE Options, offered insights into the current state of the options industry. The interview, conducted by John Lothian News as part of the JLN Industry Leader video series sponsored by OCC, touched on several key topics shaping the market.

When asked about customer priorities, Hyde highlighted the growing interest in short-dated single-name options in the equity space. “The industry is clearly focused on that,” he said, noting that a wide group of stakeholders, including representatives from the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC), exchanges, and the SEC, are actively discussing the topic. 

Vermiculus Chairman Envisions Future of Exchange Tech: Microservices and AI Lead the Way

Vermiculus Chairman Envisions Future of Exchange Tech: Microservices and AI Lead the Way

In a recent interview at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Hotel during the FIA’s International Derivatives Week, Nils-Robert Persson, Chairman of the Swedish technology firm Vermiculus, shared insights into the company’s innovative approach to financial technology and its vision for the future of exchange systems.

Persson highlighted the evolving landscape of exchange functionality, predicting a significant expansion in offerings to members and customers over the next five years. He emphasized the growing importance of real-time risk calculation, made possible by new technology that doesn’t compromise on latency – a crucial factor for market participants.

Celebrating Independence and Competition: A Fourth of July Reflection

Celebrating Independence and Competition: A Fourth of July Reflection

We just celebrated the Fourth of July holiday and JLN continued its annual tradition of publishing the Declaration of Independence. I have always loved the beginning of the second paragraph:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. 

As a writer who advocates for market-based solutions, I believe certain market principles to be self-evident. I hold that markets should be open, transparent, and fair. These were the values that the open outcry futures markets I grew up with strived for every day, in every session and trade. These values produced the critical concept of price, which was the most powerful news imaginable. They gave the markets and their prices integrity, instilling in traders a way of life that transcended the action of the trading pit. From this openness, transparency, fairness, and integrity came a greatness that spread throughout the world as different financial communities embraced derivatives trading.

Clear Street’s Bold Move: Former Cboe Chairman & CEO Ed Tilly Joins Fintech to Revolutionize Clearing and Custody Systems

Clear Street’s Bold Move: Former Cboe Chairman & CEO Ed Tilly Joins Fintech to Revolutionize Clearing and Custody Systems

Clear Street, a fintech startup founded in 2018, is making waves in the financial services industry with its ambitious plan to revolutionize clearing and custody infrastructure and its big-name hiring of former Cboe Global Markets Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly. In an interview with John Lothian News, CEO Chris Pento and President-Designate Tilly outlined the company’s vision and progress.

The New York-based firm has set out to tackle a problem that has long plagued Wall Street and its LaSalle Street sibling: outdated clearing systems. “We started with the belief that the infrastructure operating most brokerages across the street was running on old, archaic infrastructure,” Pento said. 

Alan Knuckman Reflects on His Journey from Michigan to Chicago’s Trading Floors

Alan Knuckman Reflects on His Journey from Michigan to Chicago’s Trading Floors

In a recent interview for the John Lothian Profiles video series, veteran trader Alan Knuckman recounted his path from a small mining town near Lake Superior to the bustling trading floors of Chicago. Knuckman’s story is one of perseverance, adaptability, and a deep understanding of market psychology, shaped by his early life experiences and career transitions.

Growing up in a town reliant on iron ore mining, Knuckman was exposed to the cyclical nature of commodities from a young age. His grandfather, a loadmaster, was integral to the iron ore industry, loading wood pellets onto boats that would traverse the Great Lakes to Indiana for steel production. This early exposure instilled in Knuckman a keen awareness of booms, busts, and the intricate workings of commodity markets.

David Downey’s Important Call: ForecastEx to Revolutionize Event Contracts with CFTC Green Light

David Downey’s Important Call: ForecastEx to Revolutionize Event Contracts with CFTC Green Light

David Downey does not call me very often, but when he does, it is important. He called me on June 25. Unfortunately, I was in London and missed the call.

There is also this strange thing that happens when someone calls me from the Cboe and their caller-ID has the general Cboe number on it, the same one I still have in my phone for the work phone for Downey from his days at OneChicago. Downey appears to be calling me. Thus, sometimes when I get a call from a Cboe PR person, it comes up on my phone as Downey.

But on Monday, the real David Downey called with something important. Back on June 24, the CFTC had approved the registrations of a project he has been working on, ForecastEx, LLC. The CFTC approved both the DCM and DCO applications for this privately held company owned by Interactive Brokers Group, LLC. 

NYSE Options Executive Discusses Industry Growth, Technology Advancements, and Global Expansion

NYSE Options Executive Discusses Industry Growth, Technology Advancements, and Global Expansion

In a recent interview at the Options Industry Conference in Asheville, NC, Meaghan Dugan, head of NYSE Options, shared insights on the evolving landscape of the options industry and the exchange’s technological advancements.

Dugan highlighted the significant growth in the options market, particularly in short-dated instruments. The options industry has seen a surge in new listings, especially in the short-dated space, she said, pointing to the introduction of Wednesday options as a tradable instrument in the US options market.

Acuiti CEO Will Mitting Reveals Innovative Peer-to-Peer Model Reshaping Derivatives Market Intelligence

Acuiti CEO Will Mitting Reveals Innovative Peer-to-Peer Model Reshaping Derivatives Market Intelligence

In a bustling conference center foyer at the Boca Resort at the International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, Florida, Will Mitting, the CEO of Acuiti, sat down with John Lothian News to discuss the growth and evolution of his market intelligence firm. The interview, part of the JLN Industry Leaders video series sponsored by Wedbush, offered insights into Acuiti’s unique approach to information sharing in the derivatives industry.

SIFMA’s Ellen Greene Discusses Key Concerns and Expresses Optimism at Options Industry Conference

SIFMA’s Ellen Greene Discusses Key Concerns and Expresses Optimism at Options Industry Conference

Ellen Greene, managing director of equity and options market structure at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), shared insights on key industry concerns at the Options Industry Conference in Asheville, North Carolina, in an interview with John Lothian News sponsored by the OCC.

Greene expressed cautious optimism about the overall health of the options market, noting that volumes continue to grow, averaging over 47 million contracts traded daily in 2024. She emphasized the importance of investor access and the tools provided by retail firms for making informed trading decisions.

A Milestone in Indexing: FTSE Russell Celebrates 40 Years of the Russell US Indexes during Russell Reconstitution

A Milestone in Indexing: FTSE Russell Celebrates 40 Years of the Russell US Indexes during Russell Reconstitution

Elmhurst, IL (JLN) -In a recent roundtable, we spoke with Catherine Yoshimoto, director of product management at FTSE Russell; Paul Woolman, Managing Director – Global Head of Equity Index Products from CME Group; and Rick Rosenthal, Managing Director – Global Head of Equity Index Products at Cboe Global Markets. They shared insights on the significance of this year’s Russell Reconstitution and its implications for market participants.

Fintech Banker Sees Pockets of Progress Amid Uneven Recovery

Fintech Banker Sees Pockets of Progress Amid Uneven Recovery

Boca Raton, FL (JLN) – Dushyant Shahrawat, a managing director at the boutique investment bank Rosenblatt Securities, sees an uneven recovery playing out in financial markets and technology hubs around the world. In an interview at the FIA International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, Fla., Shahrawat said the public markets have regained momentum, even as the Federal Reserve signals continued interest-rate increases. “The public market seems to be recovering very well,” he said.

Baton Systems CEO Outlines Expansion, Future of Collateral Sector

Baton Systems CEO Outlines Expansion, Future of Collateral Sector

BOCA RATON, FL (JLN) – Arjun Jayaram, founder and CEO of Baton Systems, discussed the company’s expansion plans and the future of the collateral sector in an interview at the FIA’s International Futures Industry Conference. Jayaram said Baton is seeing increased demand to extend its core collateral products beyond cleared derivatives markets into uncleared derivatives and the broader collateral ecosystem. This includes providing real-time asset inventory visibility, eligibility mapping across venues, and facilitating mobilization of collateral assets.

Nasdaq Embraces Cloud Migration and AI for Options Markets

Nasdaq Embraces Cloud Migration and AI for Options Markets

ASHEVILLE, NC (JLN) – Sean Feeney, a Nasdaq executive, explained the exchange’s plans to migrate its options markets to the cloud and leverage artificial intelligence (AI) during an interview at the Options Industry Conference in Asheville, N.C. sponsored by the OCC.

Feeney stated that Nasdaq has committed to transitioning its markets globally to the cloud, partnering with AWS to ensure their technology keeps pace with rapid advancements. “Our partnership with AWS is really to shore up and ensure that our markets are moving at the speed of technology, which at this point is like the breakneck speed of life,” he said.

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