The Spread: September 23, 2019
In this video from our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Donna Heidkamp, the executive director of RJO Futures, says the financial industry gives people the opportunity to be lifelong students, continuing to learn about the economy, politics, culture and many other topics. She also explores some of the myths about the futures markets, including that there is too much leverage in commodities, that you have to take delivery, and that nobody makes money in futures.
In this week’s episode of The Spread, Matt Raebel takes over for Spencer Doar, remembering some we have lost and talking about HKEX’s failed bid for the London Stock Exchange, some big news for the Small Exchange, and what’s new with Bakkt, Euronext and Curve Global.
At MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Rumi Morales, entrepreneur and partner in Outlier Ventures, gave a brief history of trading and the technological changes that have swept the industry, ending with blockchain, which she said is “revolutionary” because no central counterparty is necessary. Blockchain, along with the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, will lead to a “Convergence Ecosystem,” she said.
In this video from our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Robert Khoury, the CEO of Agile Rainmakers, a business development consultant and advisory firm, gives graduating students tips on job interviewing and careers, drawing from his 21 years in the financial industry. He learned a lot from his mistakes, and his practical suggestions are intended to empower those just starting out on a career in the financial industry or in any field.
In this MarketsWiki Education video from our World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Rob Hocking, senior vice president, head of derivatives strategy at Cboe, explains what the VIX index is and how to manage risk using the VIX index and its related products, including VIX futures and options. In the complex options world, face to face negotiations between brokers and traders still take place, he says, and market makers still provide an important function.
In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World Of Opportunity event in Chicago, Lori Kevin, managing director of operations for CSG, talks about the many security threats companies face in today’s digital world, including identity theft, of which she was a victim, and how to fight off these threats with the right policies and procedures.
Jordan Melamed is a former trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and a filmmaker. He is the son of CME Chairman Emeritus Leo Melamed. He followed his father’s footsteps to the trading floor of the CME. After a career trading in the open outcry markets he pursued a career as a filmmaker. He is the director of “Futures Past,” a story of the end of open outcry trading and the human element of trading and family.
At FIA IDX 2019 in London, John Lothian News sat down with Clive Furness, the managing director of Contango Markets Ltd., to talk about ESG (environmental, social and governance) and how it fits into commodity and index products, and why it’s a “social revolution” and not a fad.
The first video we are releasing from the Open Outcry Traders History Project is of Leo Melamed. In this video, Leo tells of his start as a law student and runner, how he financed his first membership with help from his father and how many times he went broke. Three. There are lots of great stories from Leo – from how he makes his trading decisions to the impact of his career on his family and what kind of father he was. The Chairman Emeritus of the CME has had a long, history-making career. Here is his story.