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My Skepticism Persists Despite BlackRock’s Larry Fink Reversing Stance, Declaring Bitcoin a Legitimate Financial Instrument

My Skepticism Persists Despite BlackRock’s Larry Fink Reversing Stance, Declaring Bitcoin a Legitimate Financial Instrument

The CoinDesk story that reported that BlackRock’s Larry Fink has declared that bitcoin is a legitimate financial instrument struck a sour note with me. It was just seven years ago, before BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF hit $21 billion in equity since its launch in January of this year, that Fink was not a bitcoin fan. BlackRock may have $10.6 trillion in assets under management, which gives Fink headlines and gravitas, but his declaration is still just an opinion. 

In 2017, Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, had a notably different and critical view of bitcoin, describing it as “an index of money laundering.” This stance reflected a broader skepticism about the cryptocurrency, which he perceived as being associated with illicit activities.

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.

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.

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.

Webull Sees Growth in Retail Options Trading, Plans Further Expansion

Webull Sees Growth in Retail Options Trading, Plans Further Expansion

ASHEVILLE, NC (JLN) – Arianne Adams, chief strategy officer at the online brokerage Webull, highlighted the company’s focus on expanding access to derivatives trading, particularly for retail investors, in an interview with John Lothian News for the JLN Industry Leader video series sponsored by the OCC at the Options Industry Conference.

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.”

Former CQG President Reflects on Algo Trading, Crypto, and AI’s Impact

Former CQG President Reflects on Algo Trading, Crypto, and AI’s Impact

Elmhurst, IL (JLN) – Josef Schroeter, the former president of CQG, a provider of trading software and market data, shared his insights on the evolution of electronic trading, the rise of crypto, and the potential impact of AI in part three of his interview with John Lothian News for The Path to Electronic Trading video series.

Discussing the advent of algorithmic trading, Schroeter said, “When I look at trading, I see it in three shifts: trading 1.0 was the interfaces, 2.0 was the advent of algo trading, and the third is what we’re seeing now.” He highlighted how algo trading enabled traders to execute orders without constantly monitoring the system, driving a surge in trading volumes. “The better you became at providing algo technology, the more players you could provide for, and the more needs they had,” he added.

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.

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.

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. 

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