Timing is everything in the derivatives industry. In the case of IncubEx, which develops financial products in environmental, climate risk and related commodity markets, the company appears to be right on time.
In an interview with John Lothian News at FIA Expo, Dan Scarbrough, the founder, president and COO of IncubEx, described his start in the industry with the Chicago Climate Exchange more than 15 years ago. The Intercontinental Exchange bought the Chicago Climate Exchange and its parent company, the Climate Exchange, in 2010.
Although the five speakers at a Thursday FIA Expo panel titled “Sustainability/ESG and Markets” agreed that the ESG sector is one of the biggest growth areas in the marketplace, they said it can be difficult to define exactly what ESG encompasses.
The “E” (for environmental) is self-evident, but the “social and governance components are much more challenging,” said Elizabeth Turner, Qontigo’s director of index product management.
In a keynote address at the FIA Expo on Wednesday, CFTC Commissioner Dawn Stump urged the industry, and regulators, to go back to the basics in their discussions of who should oversee digital assets and how they should be overseen before “engaging in a jurisdictional power-grab.”
The index business is dominated by three big companies: Dow Jones Indexes, FTSE Russell, and MSCI; but there is a Chicago index company that has big plans to advance and scale up its business to bring more value to index clients and leave more money in the pockets of investors. Former FTSE Russell executive and now Morningstar Indexes Managing Director Ron Bundy is charged with the evolution and growth of Morningstar Indexes.
Environmental markets are “transitioning to an asset class in their own right,“ said Gordon Bennett, managing director of utility markets for ICE and a panelist at a FIA IDX’s Tuesday presentation, “Exchanges and the Roll Out of New Sustainability Products.”
“They’ve changed a lot in the last two to three years” and are not just about carbon markets anymore, Bennett said. “Clearly, more people are getting involved” in ESG-related markets, Bennett added, noting that data in the CFTC’s Commitments of Traders Reports are starting to reflect a wider diversity of market participants.
The first power trade on the Australian start-up exchange FEX Global was made Friday, September 10, and it was truly a global story. The trade was made using a Chicago-based Trading Technologies trading screen, cleared on the Chicago-based CME Group’s clearinghouse and traded on the FEX Global match engine in Sydney.
The Small Exchange did not get started when CEO Donnie Roberts wanted it to in 2020. Just as it was finally given regulatory approval, the pandemic hit in March of 2020. The exchange didn’t start until June 1st and when it did, the initial focus was on making sure all the systems worked properly. John Lothian News spoke to Roberts last week about the exchange’s first year of trading.
Well, it is now May, and in most of the United States it is high time to get the field crops planted. Among them is hemp, industrial hemp, which despite being an ancient crop and a generally legal one since 2019, still has an uncertain future.
Making his debut performance at an FIA conference Wednesday, Eurex CEO Michael Peters argued in favor of the drive toward environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) products and weighed the pros and cons of the European Commission’s equivalence decision for...
Climate change and its attendant issues are often characterized by contentious debate. That was not the case at the FIA Expo seminar, Managing the Risk of Climate Change: The Role of Markets, moderated by Athena Eastwood (Partner, Willkie, Farr & Gallagher).
Ahead of the implementation of an ambitious EU classification system for sustainable activities, known as the EU Taxonomy, FTSE Russell this week launched a Green Revenues 2.0 model to classify the “green” revenue exposure of global listed companies, a segment of the economy that FTSE Russell estimates is worth approximately $4 trillion.
First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff What is going on at BOX OPTIONS? We noticed the BOX website no longer lists Ed Boyle and Lisa Fall as CEO and president respectively. JLN reached out to Boyle and he had no comment. Lisa is still listed on the...
Observations & Insight NOTE: In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday the JLN Options newsletter will not be published on Monday, January, 17. We'll be back on Tuesday, January 18. Have a great weekend! ++++ What is going on at BOX OPTIONS? We noticed...