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.
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.
Keith Todd, the CEO of Trading Technologies, spoke with John Lothian News at FIA Boca 2022, where TT made two important announcements. The first announcement was the KRM-22 risk suite TT added to its platform, which Todd said extends the platform's risk capability and...
CME Group Chairman and CEO Terrence Duffy testified before Congress Thursday to protest a proposal by FTX to allow customers to buy leveraged crypto derivatives around the clock. He said such a move could be "catastrophic" for the economy and investors.
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.
JLN interviewed Arne Staal, the head of FTSE Russell, who was at his first FIA Boca conference and in the Miami, Florida area for the first time, about crypto markets (a hot topic in Boca and Miami) and other popular topics at the conference.
Martin Franchi, CEO of NinjaTrader Group, sees its mission as “bringing futures trading to a more mainstream place.” With the rise of the retail trader, NinjaTrader – which historically has been a downloadable application – saw the customer experience becoming far more important, Franchi said.
John Davidson is CEO of the OCC, a position he has held since December of 2018. He spoke with John Lothian at the FIA Boca 2022 conference about how the OCC has handled the “remarkable” growth in options trading volume and the recent increase in retail options participation, and how it continues to educate potential options traders.
Garry Jones, the CEO of NovaFori, says the company is focused on digital transformation. He has spent most of his career working in the derivatives markets and applied technology, but now is creating auction platforms for clients such as Christie’s and overlaying them with data science.
Qontigo’s chief executive officer Sebastian Ceria sat down with John Lothian News at FIA Boca 2022, where he discussed the inner workings of creating an index, Qontigo’s role in the ecosystem, and emerging trends within the industry.
Cboe Global Markets is a very different company today than it was the last time people gathered together at FIA Boca, said Catherine Clay, the company’s executive vice president, global head of data and access solutions. Cboe has made a number of strategic fintech acquisitions in recent years, acquiring Hanweck Associates, a real-time risk analytics company, FT Options, a portfolio management platform, and TradeAlert, a distributor of market intelligence, in 2020, and acquiring the Canadian fintech company NEO and the digital asset spot market ErisX in 2021.
Troy Kane got his start when he was 14 years old working on the trading floors of the Chicago Board of Trade for his mother’s company and clerking for locals. “My first job was to collect the trading cards every 15 minutes and tally up positions,” Kane said. “So if you were wrong, you were usually fired that day, so you better not be wrong. I did that every summer in high school and learned the business from the ground up.”
Eventus Systems’ CEO Travis Schwab has been coming to the FIA conference in Boca Raton for 20 years and said it was great to be back to seeing clients in person again this year. Schwab spoke with John Lothian News at the conference about Eventus’ marketing, regulatory and volatility challenges, and the burgeoning crypto field.
First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff I have a great story to share. Last night my wife and I attended the Metals dinner, a fundraiser for the Pathway to Adventure Council (PTAC) of the Boy Scouts of America. The flag ceremony included two brothers;...
Observations & Insight FIA's International Derivatives Expo is returning to The Brewery in London this coming 6-8 June. Standing still is not an option in today's evolving cleared derivatives environment. Without adapting to new products, processes, technologies...