Hemp In ‘Year of Transition,’ PanXchange CEO Says

Suzanne Cosgrove

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Julie Lerner, CEO of PanXchange, recently sat down with JLN’s Thom Thompson for an in-depth discussion of the industrial hemp market. Her view of current supply vs. demand may surprise you.

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Wall Street Starts Calling Time on ESG Labels After Backlash

Wall Street Starts Calling Time on ESG Labels After Backlash

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Miami International Holdings, Inc. (MIH) announced that the SEC has approved MIAX Sapphire LLC's application to become a national securities exchange. MIAX Sapphire, MIH's fourth national securities exchange for...

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Options Education Goes Mobile: How Mat Cashman Is Bringing Wall Street to Your Pocket

Options Education Goes Mobile: How Mat Cashman Is Bringing Wall Street to Your Pocket

In the dynamic world of financial derivatives, Mat Cashman of the Options Industry Council (OIC) is on a mission to demystify the complex realm of options trading. As part of the OIC’s investor education team, Cashman is at the forefront of a digital revolution in financial literacy, adapting to the changing habits of a new generation of traders.

“We’re seeing a mirror of what’s happening in the entire industry—the democratization of access to information,” Cashman explains, noting the shift towards mobile-based trading. With 97% of options trades on some platforms now executed via smartphone, the OIC is pivoting to meet traders where they are: on their phones, with attention spans shrinking by the minute.

OCC’s Tech Overhaul Poised to Reshape Options Trading

OCC’s Tech Overhaul Poised to Reshape Options Trading

In the heart of Asheville, NC, in a quiet corner of the bustling Options Industry Conference, Mike Hansen, the chief clearing and settlement services officer of the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC), sat down for an interview with John Lothian News for the JLN Industry Leader video series sponsored by the OCC. His demeanor was calm, but his words carried the weight of an industry on the cusp of significant change.

Hansen, a veteran with over two decades in the options industry, is at the forefront of several transformative initiatives. As the Dallas site leader for OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, he’s overseeing a technological revolution that promises to reshape the landscape of options trading.

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.

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