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FIA Expo 2021 Video: ‘Everyone is Threatened’ by Disintermediation

FIA Expo 2021 Video: ‘Everyone is Threatened’ by Disintermediation

Robert Fitzsimmons, executive vice president at Wedbush Securities, spoke with John Lothian News at FIA Expo 2021 about his observations, insights and opinions on everything from the conference itself to the state of cryptocurrency today. As executive vice president, Fitzsimmons manages futures, fixed income groups, and securities lending.

Among the talking points from the conference, one topic of concern was the notion of disintermediation, which essentially cuts out the middle men — removing banks, brokers, or other third parties — allowing individuals to invest directly. 

FIA Expo Video 2021: CQG Pivots to Next Generation With New Technology Tools

FIA Expo Video 2021: CQG Pivots to Next Generation With New Technology Tools

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, CQG is notable for its long run offering real-time and historical trading data, along with technical analysis tools, but its leaders are in no mood to fade into the sunset. Instead, they are pivoting to take on the next generation.

In a video interview with JLN at FIA Expo 2021, Ryan Moroney, CQG Inc. president, and Pat Kenny, senior vice president, talked about a suite of trade execution technologies recently unveiled by the company. 

FIA EXPO 2021: Sam Bankman-Fried Says FTX Won’t Follow the Crypto Crowd

FIA EXPO 2021: Sam Bankman-Fried Says FTX Won’t Follow the Crypto Crowd

Sam Bankman-Fried, the “richest person in crypto” according to Forbes Magazine, is the founder of FTX, a leading exchange for buying and selling crypto derivatives. John Lothian News spoke with him at FIA Expo 2021, where he talked about how the crypto space has grown and changed, crypto versus “traditional finance,” and the latest trends, including NFTs.

FIA Expo 2021: FTX’s Brett Harrison Looks to Hit a Home Run

FIA Expo 2021: FTX’s Brett Harrison Looks to Hit a Home Run

The story of FTX is, so far, a short but impressive one. As Brett Harrison tells it, the spot cryptocurrency exchange started only about a year ago. Now FTX does about $400 million in spot volume per day “and growing.” That’s after increasing the company’s user base by 50% in the last quarter.

But in an interview with John Lothian News at FIA Expo 2021, Harrison, the president of FTX, focused on the company’s larger ambitions. He noted that FTX recently acquired CFTC-regulated LedgerX, a clearinghouse and derivatives clearing organization (DCO), that it rebranded as FTX US Derivatives.The platform opens the door for FTX to offer crypto derivatives — futures and options — to its U.S. customers, he said.

FIA Expo 2021: Exegy Merger Seen as Solid Marriage of Products, Businesses

FIA Expo 2021: Exegy Merger Seen as Solid Marriage of Products, Businesses

Why bring Exegy Inc. and Vela Trading Systems together? The firms combined forces last May and two of their executives talked to JLN about the reason behind their merger at the FIA Expo 2021 in November.

David Taylor, Exegy’s chief technology officer and co-president, said the combination allows the companies to have more scale in the marketplace and gives them more opportunities to invest in the expansion of the company’s offerings. “Growing organically and inorganically was always part of our agenda,” he said.

FIA Expo 2021 Video: Greenwood Project Takes Off Like a Rocket

FIA Expo 2021 Video: Greenwood Project Takes Off Like a Rocket

Bevon Joseph, executive director and co-founder of the Greenwood Project — along with his wife, Elois Joseph — is a victim of his own success. The program has boomed, and he is thrilled.

“The impact has been crazy,” he said. “We didn’t see this coming, but we are happy.”

In a video interview with John Lothian News at FIA Expo 2021, Joseph said the program, which introduces high school and college students in underserved communities to the financial services industry, has seen especially dramatic expansion in 2020 and 2021 with the attraction of new talent and the extension of the project to new cities.

FIA Expo 2021 Video: Tom Lazenga of TNS Talks Tech

FIA Expo 2021 Video: Tom Lazenga of TNS Talks Tech

Tom Lazenga is global head of sales at TNS, or Transaction Network Services, a fintech firm that provides global real-time data communication networks to industry participants. John Lothian News interviewed him at FIA Expo about the firm’s technology offerings and its plans for the future. 

FIA Expo 2021 Video: Ed Tilly Lays Out Cboe’s Global Vision

FIA Expo 2021 Video: Ed Tilly Lays Out Cboe’s Global Vision

John Lothian News interviewed Ed Tilly, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cboe Global Markets, at FIA Expo last week following a panel with other U.S. exchange leaders. Cboe is expanding across all geographies and asset classes, and its vision for global growth is providing access to all of its customers, Tilly said in the video interview.

FIA Expo 2021 Video: CFTC’s Stump Corrects Misperceptions, Talks Politics

FIA Expo 2021 Video: CFTC’s Stump Corrects Misperceptions, Talks Politics

CFTC Commissioner Dawn Stump rolled her eyes when asked who regulates cash cryptocurrency markets.

Speaking to John Lothian in a video interview following her keynote address last week at the FIA Expo, Stump said the question is “an unfortunate example” of what she sees as an ongoing mission to correct confusion over what agency regulates what entity.

Robert Khoury Writes About Successful Internships

Robert Khoury Writes About Successful Internships

Robert Khoury knows about interns. He was an intern and he has spent years hiring them and working with them. So during the COVID-19 pandemic when he found himself with time on his hands, he finally decided to write a book about the subject.

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