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A Milestone in Indexing: FTSE Russell Celebrates 40 Years of the Russell US Indexes during Russell Reconstitution

A Milestone in Indexing: FTSE Russell Celebrates 40 Years of the Russell US Indexes during Russell Reconstitution

Elmhurst, IL (JLN) -In a recent roundtable, we spoke with Catherine Yoshimoto, director of product management at FTSE Russell; Paul Woolman, Managing Director – Global Head of Equity Index Products from CME Group; and Rick Rosenthal, Managing Director – Global Head of Equity Index Products at Cboe Global Markets. They shared insights on the significance of this year’s Russell Reconstitution and its implications for market participants.

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.

Baton Systems CEO Outlines Expansion, Future of Collateral Sector

Baton Systems CEO Outlines Expansion, Future of Collateral Sector

BOCA RATON, FL (JLN) – Arjun Jayaram, founder and CEO of Baton Systems, discussed the company’s expansion plans and the future of the collateral sector in an interview at the FIA’s International Futures Industry Conference. Jayaram said Baton is seeing increased demand to extend its core collateral products beyond cleared derivatives markets into uncleared derivatives and the broader collateral ecosystem. This includes providing real-time asset inventory visibility, eligibility mapping across venues, and facilitating mobilization of collateral assets.

Financial Journalist Greg Burns Recalls Reporting on the Evolution of the Chicago Exchanges

Financial Journalist Greg Burns Recalls Reporting on the Evolution of the Chicago Exchanges

Boca Raton, FL (JLN) – JLN spoke with veteran financial journalist Greg Burns at the FIA Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton for John Lothian News. Burns talked about how he got into journalism and what reporting on the exchanges was like in earlier days. He said he had been involved in journalism ever since high school – he went on to get a graduate journalism degree – but covering the futures markets came as a surprise.

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.

Josef Schroeter Reflects on the CQG’s Transformation and the Evolution of Electronic Trading in Derivatives Markets

Josef Schroeter Reflects on the CQG’s Transformation and the Evolution of Electronic Trading in Derivatives Markets

Elmhurst, IL (JLN) – Josef Schroeter, the former president of CQG, shares his insights on the company’s journey and the evolution of electronic trading in the derivatives markets.

Schroeter joined CQG in the early 2000s at the invitation of Tim Mather, the owner of CQG at the time. Mather had built CQG into a company known for its data quality and analytics but lacking execution capabilities. Schroeter’s mandate was to transform the company and prepare it for the rapidly approaching shift to electronic trading in the derivatives markets.

European Principal Traders Gain Strategic Edge with New Advisors and Leadership, Aims to Enhance Market Transparency and Competitiveness

European Principal Traders Gain Strategic Edge with New Advisors and Leadership, Aims to Enhance Market Transparency and Competitiveness

Boca Raton, FL (JLN) – The FIA European Principal Traders Association has more punching power now, said its secretary general, Piebe Teeboom, after the traders group added two advisors to its team. Teeboom was interviewed by John Lothian news at the FIA International Futures Conference in Boca Raton, FL in March for the JLN Industry Leader video series sponsored by Wedbush.

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.

George Hanley Reflects on Trading Career in Second Interview Segment of Open Outcry Traders History Project Interview

George Hanley Reflects on Trading Career in Second Interview Segment of Open Outcry Traders History Project Interview

In the second part of the Open Outcry Traders History Project interview with veteran trader George Hanley for the MarketsWiki Education series, Hanley shares insights into his dynamic trading journey.

Hanley was trading every month of soybeans at the MidAm and he was one of the few people at the exchange who figured out how to trade the expiring contract and take delivery, if need be. He opened the necessary banking lines, and one time the last day before expiration, he bought the market limit down and sold it limit up because others were afraid to get caught and have to take delivery, he said.

JLN Podcast: Navigating Fintech’s Evolution: Liquiditybook’s Journey Through Technological Advances and Regulatory Shifts

JLN Podcast: Navigating Fintech’s Evolution: Liquiditybook’s Journey Through Technological Advances and Regulatory Shifts

The fintech landscape has seen a remarkable evolution over the past decades, marked by technological advancements and regulatory changes. That progress and those obstacles were opportunities for firms like LiquidityBook to automate workflows and establish itself as a dependable partner to a diverse group of market participants. John Lothian News interviewed Terrence Cheung, director of post trade product management, and Shawn Samuel, CTO of LiquidityBook, in this podcast about its history and how it is managing the quickly shifting technological and regulatory landscape.

MEMX Celebrates Five Years of Innovation and Growth in the Financial Exchange Market

MEMX Celebrates Five Years of Innovation and Growth in the Financial Exchange Market

As MEMX marks its fifth anniversary, CEO Jonathan Kellner reflected on the company’s significant strides in reshaping the financial exchange landscape through cutting-edge technology and a robust corporate culture in an interview at the FIA International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, FL in March. Kellner spoke to John Lothian News for the JLN Industry Leader video series sponsored by Wedbush.

Crisis memory, geopolitics and the risks of financial contagion

Crisis memory, geopolitics and the risks of financial contagion

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff When Jack A. Wing died in 2011, I realized the industry was losing some of the pioneers of the financial futures era. Wing founded the masters program in financial engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology,...

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The Stock Market Has Rarely Been This Sleepy

Lead Stories The Stock Market Has Rarely Been This Sleepy Gunjan Banerji - The Wall Street Journal It's eerily calm out there in the stock market. The Cboe Volatility Index, or VIX, dropped below 12 last week, a nearly five-year low. The gauge, based on options prices...

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