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Connamara CEO Prioritizes Regulatory Compliance for Exchange Clients

Connamara CEO Prioritizes Regulatory Compliance for Exchange Clients

Boca Raton, FL (JLN) – Jim Downs, CEO of Connamara Technologies, a provider of exchange infrastructure technology, emphasizes the importance of regulatory compliance for clients during an interview at the FIA’s International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, FL. Connamara’s customer base consists of 40% regulated entities in derivatives and equities markets, with the remaining clients ranging from crypto infrastructures in the US to an equity platform in Brazil, Downs said. Downs highlighted that even unregulated clients aim to operate as if they were regulated, maintaining rulebooks and prioritizing brand reputation, he said.

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.

Symphony CEO Brad Levy Sees Convergence of Traditional and Decentralized Finance

Symphony CEO Brad Levy Sees Convergence of Traditional and Decentralized Finance

Elmhurst, IL (JLN) – Brad Levy, the CEO of Symphony, a leading financial services messaging platform, envisions a future where traditional finance (TradFi) and decentralized finance (DeFi) coexist on a continuum rather than being separate entities.

In an interview with John Lothian News, Levy expressed his belief in the digital asset world, saying, “We’re more of the belief that TradFi and DeFi are going to blend and have a spectrum versus there’s a crypto taking out fiat or everything’s moving to token from analog.”

Cryptocurrency and Regulatory Landscape: Insights from Katten Attorneys

Cryptocurrency and Regulatory Landscape: Insights from Katten Attorneys

BOCA RATON, Fla. (JLN) — In a recent interview at the FIA’s International Futures Industry Conference, Katten attorneys Lance Zinman and Dan Davis shared their perspectives on the evolving landscape of cryptocurrency and regulatory changes in the financial industry. The future of trading firms may involve more consolidation and a greater number registering as broker-dealers, the two Katten attorneys said. 

WFE Study Reveals Impact of Blockchain Settlement Latency on Market Liquidity and Costs

WFE Study Reveals Impact of Blockchain Settlement Latency on Market Liquidity and Costs

Elmhurst, IL (JLN) — Pedro Gurrola-Perez, head of research at the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), discussed the findings of a recent research report on the impact of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) settlement latency on market quality during an interview with John Lothian News. The study, titled “The Effect of DLT Settlement Latency on Market Liquidity,” reveals significant implications for the financial industry, particularly in the context of blockchain technology.

Prometheum Co-CEO Aaron Kaplan Discusses Digital Asset Market Structure at FIA Conference

Prometheum Co-CEO Aaron Kaplan Discusses Digital Asset Market Structure at FIA Conference

BOCA RATON, FL (JLN) — Aaron Kaplan, co-CEO and co-founder of Prometheum, shared his insights on the evolving landscape of digital assets and the integration of blockchain technology into market infrastructure during an interview with John Lothian News at the FIA International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, Florida. This interview is part of the JLN Industry Leader video series sponsored by Wedbush.

Randolf Roth Discusses Regulatory Challenges and Market Growth in JLN Industry Leader Series

Randolf Roth Discusses Regulatory Challenges and Market Growth in JLN Industry Leader Series

In a recent interview as part of the JLN Industry Leader Series at the Options Industry Conference sponsored by the OCC, Randolf Roth, executive member of the Eurex board, shared insights into the evolving cryptocurrency and derivatives markets, highlighting both regulatory challenges and market growth.

“Two and a half years ago, we launched our Bitcoin ETN product, primarily to navigate the complex regulatory landscape,” Roth said. This initial product has set the stage for more complex derivatives and coins, despite the stringent regulations from both German and European authorities, he said.

Arnab Sen Discusses Institutionalization of Digital Asset Markets at FIA Conference

Arnab Sen Discusses Institutionalization of Digital Asset Markets at FIA Conference

Arnab Sen, co-founder and CEO at GFO-X, shared insights on the institutionalization of cryptocurrency trading during an interview for the JLN Industry Leader series sponsored by Wedbush at the FIA’s International Futures Conference in Boca Raton, FL.

Sen highlighted the significant disparity between the trading volumes of Bitcoin and Ether futures compared to options. “The Bitcoin and Ether futures and purchase market is somewhere in the $50 billion of average daily volume (ADV) versus options being $1.5 billion,” he said. Sen said the need for a true exchange model to mitigate the counterparty risks inherent in the unregulated market, which currently handles everything from KYC and AML to price discovery and settlement.

Eventus CEO Unveils Regulatory Challenges and Surveillance Trends at FIA Conference

Eventus CEO Unveils Regulatory Challenges and Surveillance Trends at FIA Conference

AI, the major theme of the FIA Boca conference, is a big theme in the world of trade surveillance, according to Travis Schwab, CEO of Eventus. “Applying those technologies to surveillance is becoming very commonplace,” he said. Schwab was interviewed at the FIA International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, FL by John Lothian News as part of the JLN Industry Leader series sponsored by Wedbush.

Prometheum Founder and Soc. Gen Executive Discuss Blockchain, Crypto Regulation, and Special Purpose Broker Dealers

Prometheum Founder and Soc. Gen Executive Discuss Blockchain, Crypto Regulation, and Special Purpose Broker Dealers

Prometheum founder Aaron Kaplan and Thomas Sullivan, a managing director at Societe Generale, recently discussed blockchain, crypto regulation, and special purpose broker dealers in a podcast interview with John Lothian of John Lothian News. They explored how blockchain technology is poised to enhance market efficiency by streamlining operations. Kaplan highlighted the inefficiencies in traditional Wall Street systems and stressed the advantages of instantaneous settlement and improved record-keeping that blockchain can offer.

Roosevelt University Students Propose Futures Market for Space

Roosevelt University Students Propose Futures Market for Space

Roosevelt University’s CCCF honors student Luis Arreola and former Professor Bryan Rodriguez are pioneering a concept that might shape the future of near earth space commerce. Merging Arreola’s research on water futures with a mentor’s study of space markets, they have embarked on an ambitious project: a futures market for space commodities.

ICE’s Chris Edmonds Expands on Crypto Commentary in JLN Video Interview

ICE’s Chris Edmonds Expands on Crypto Commentary in JLN Video Interview

Last Friday John Lothian News interviewed ICE Chief Development Officer Chris Edmonds about the commentary he wrote that JLN published and why he wrote it and what he was trying to accomplish.

We asked him what lessons were learned from the BAKKT experience and what was ICE trying to accomplish with the exchange and clearing offering and what didn’t work?

Edmonds said the lesson learned was that the market did not want a physically delivered bitcoin contract.

Bob Pickel at the ISDA AGM in Chicago – Podcast

Bob Pickel at the ISDA AGM in Chicago – Podcast

John Lothian News caught up to former ISDA CEO Bob Pickel at ISDA’s recent 37th Annual General Meeting in Chicago. Pickel is now consulting and sitting on boards during his post ISDA career, something that the Dodd-Frank Act was seemingly made for him for. JLN spoke to him about his career before ISDA and how he found his way to the organization and what he had done since he retired.

Crisis memory, geopolitics and the risks of financial contagion

Crisis memory, geopolitics and the risks of financial contagion

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff When Jack A. Wing died in 2011, I realized the industry was losing some of the pioneers of the financial futures era. Wing founded the masters program in financial engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology,...

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The Stock Market Has Rarely Been This Sleepy

Lead Stories The Stock Market Has Rarely Been This Sleepy Gunjan Banerji - The Wall Street Journal It's eerily calm out there in the stock market. The Cboe Volatility Index, or VIX, dropped below 12 last week, a nearly five-year low. The gauge, based on options prices...