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Vermiculus Chairman Nils-Robert Persson on launching during a pandemic and structuring his company for growth

Vermiculus Chairman Nils-Robert Persson on launching during a pandemic and structuring his company for growth

Nils-Robert Persson, chairman of the board of Vermiculus Financial Technology, had no intention of starting a new company after leaving Cinnober in 2019. What happened is he was asked and he couldn’t refuse. “When some of the best people you have ever worked with, and some of the customers you’re extremely proud of working with, come and ask you to start – it’s easy to start again,” Persson told John Lothian News at FIA Boca 2022.

SGX Group’s Michael Syn on remote work, internationalization, and maintaining SGX market fluency

SGX Group’s Michael Syn on remote work, internationalization, and maintaining SGX market fluency

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is the largest US dollar clearinghouse in Asia, and it is the largest RMB clearing house in the world outside of China. The work of SGX in 2022 is to maintain its position of fluency in dollars, euros, sterling and RMB, making sure access is open to participants from around the world, said Michael Syn, senior managing director and head of equities at SGX.

Pat Kenny, “the most interesting man,” in interesting times

Pat Kenny, “the most interesting man,” in interesting times

John Lothian News caught up with Pat Kenny, “the most interesting man in the world” according to John Lothian, at the FIA Boca 2022 conference in Boca Raton in March. Kenny is SVP of client relations for CQG, and he talked about CQG One, the company’s newest charting and analytics platform geared toward professional traders, and the effects of the covid pandemic on CQG’s business and on the industry.

FIA Tech Talks about Driving Standardization, Improving Collaboration as Keys to Improved Industry Efficiencies

FIA Tech Talks about Driving Standardization, Improving Collaboration as Keys to Improved Industry Efficiencies

JLN interviewed FIA Tech President and CEO Nick Solinger and Head of Strategy Mark Davis at FIA Boca 2022 for the JLN Industry Leader video series. 

FIA Tech spent time in 2020 focused on improving collaboration and bridging gaps amid an unprecedented time in the markets. Then in 2021 it raised a sizable amount of cash based on the role it  played in 2020.  

TMX Group’s Luc Fortin discusses customers’ rush to the yield curve and leading by example in ESG

TMX Group’s Luc Fortin discusses customers’ rush to the yield curve and leading by example in ESG

Luc Fortin, president and chief executive officer of Montréal Exchange and global head of trading at TMX Group, sees the launch of extended hours at TMX last year as an important step in the exchange’s globalization. “We had our hours in Europe where we were seeing more and more demand as we saw growing pools of capital requiring liquidity and Canadian derivatives over the Asian hours,” Fortin said. “So when we launched this in the fall, obviously, we’ve seen a very good uptake to it, particularly around all the crazy volatility that we’ve seen since the beginning of this year.”

Euronext CEO Stéphane Boujnah discusses markets during war time and platform consolidation in Europe

Euronext CEO Stéphane Boujnah discusses markets during war time and platform consolidation in Europe

2021 was a watershed year for Euronext with its acquisition of Borsa Italiana. “It was a transaction that changed the scale of Euronext,” said Stéphane Boujnah, CEO and chairman of Euronext’s managing board. Boujnah spoke with John Lothian News at the FIA Boca 2022 conference about the impact of the Ukraine War on European markets and what’s in the future for the platform that bills itself as the “One unique marketplace connecting seven European economies.”   

ICE Mortgage Fixed Rate Lock Index Futures Seek to Solve A Problem As Old As Interest Rate Futures

ICE Mortgage Fixed Rate Lock Index Futures Seek to Solve A Problem As Old As Interest Rate Futures

ICE is trying to solve a problem as old as interest rate futures, but is bringing to bear new resources and businesses it has acquired and grown over the last several years. That problem is how to hedge mortgage rates. 
John Lothian News talked to David Farrell, chief operating officer of ICE Futures US, about ICE Mortgage Rate Lock Index futures, which are to launch on June 13, 2022, subject to regulatory approval.

Institutional Trading, Options Growth Among Q1 2022 Trends, say FIA Webinar Participants

Institutional Trading, Options Growth Among Q1 2022 Trends, say FIA Webinar Participants

The trend for the first quarter of 2022 is a revival of institutional trading – along with continued rapid growth in the options space, according to an FIA webinar Thursday morning hosted by Will Acworth, senior vice president of publications, data & research, FIA, with Morgan Stanley’s Reed Staub, executive director, head of US interest rate futures, and Erin Perzov, head of futures content. 

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