Investing & Trading
CFTC Chairman Behnam Speaks to JLN at FIA Boca
John Lothian News interviewed CFTC Chairman Rostin Behnam at the FIA Boca conference.
IMC’s Trading Challenge Prosperity Wins Sea Shells and Sends Winner to the Seashore
IMC is holding a trading challenge, but not just any trading challenge. This virtual market trading challenge was 18 months in the making, designed by multiple teams inside and out of IMC. The name of the challenge is Prosperity and it involves earning sea shells, which could earn the winning trader or traders a $25,000 island vacation. It also earns a $25,000 donation to a non-profit that helps cleanup the ocean. IMC will make a $25,000 donation in the winner’s name to The Ocean Cleanup.
Exchange Analytics’ Joe Adamczyk Interviewed by John Lothian On the Road in Sarasota
During my recent trip to Florida, I met up with Joe Adamczyk, the owner of Exchange Analytics, to talk about the firm, its history and future.
Adamczyk relocated to Sarasota, Florida to get away from the harsh winters of Chicago. I met up with him in a Panera on the south side of Sarasota. I asked him just six questions and let him talk. He told me about the history of the firm, why it was started and how he got involved.
Apex Chief Commercial Officer Connor Coughlin Talks Trading Trends and Fintech Brokerage “Plumbing”
Connor Coughlin, the chief commercial officer at Apex Fintech Solutions, said the company calls itself “the fintech for fintechs.” “We are the pipes and plumbing behind the fintech brokerage industry,” he said. He spoke with John Lothian News recently about the trading differences between generations, investor behavior during the recession, and Apex’s expansion into fixed income and alternative brokerage.
CEO JJ Kinahan talks about the journey to rebranding “tastyworks” as “tastytrade,” adding crypto wallet and equities
JJ Kinahan became CEO of IG North America, which consists primarily of tastytrade, tastyworks, and its IG FX Business, on July 1, 2023.
He and Tom Sosnoff and Scott Sheridan, the CEOs of tastylive and tastytrade respectively, were at ThinkorSwim when it was sold to TD Ameritrade. Sheridan left but Kinahan stayed on.
CME Group’s Terry Duffy Gets Warm Reception from Josh King’s Inside the ICE House Podcast
Duffy Visits NYSE, Site of 2002 CME IPO, Which He Called One of HIs Biggest Achievements
In the Inside the ICE House podcast series, Josh King of Intercontinental Exchange really does a good job of warming up the audience and the interviewee, as well as with the subject matter. He does such a good job, he was able to get “the Mike Ditka of the exchange business,” Terry Duffy of the CME Group, to visit the New York Stock Exchange and sit for a terrific interview on both of their parts.
Norm Singer – Open Outcry Traders History Project
Veteran trader and FCM executive Norm Singer was interviewed for the Open Outcry Traders History Project by John Lothian News.
Singer graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in psychology and was looking for a job. But he did not want to go back to school to get the education required to practice psychology.
Leo Melamed – Open Outcry Traders History Project Podcast
Leo Melamed was the first person to be interviewed for the Open Outcry Traders History Project video series by John Lothian News and MarketsWiki Education. Here is the first podcast we have made from the video series, starting with Leo’s story.
Gedon Hertshten – Open Outcry Traders History Project, Part Two
This is part two of a two-part video interview JLN did with Gedon Hertshten, the founder of G.H. Financials, for the Open Outcry Traders History series.
Gedon Hertshten – Open Outcry Traders History Project, Part One
John Lothian News talked to Gedon Hertshten, the founder of G.H. Financials, for our Open Outcry Traders History Project. This is part one of a two-part video conversation with Hertshten.
Marex North America CEO Ram Vittal Talks About Geopolitical Events, Market Disruptions and its ED&F Man Acquisition at FIA Expo 2022
Ram Vittal, CEO of Marex North America, was on a panel at FIA Expo 2022 about recent geopolitical events and their effect on the markets. John Lothian News spoke with him following the panel, and he talked about market disruptions, the threat of nuclear war, and Marex’s October acquisition of ED&F Man Capital Markets Limited’s UK business.
William Knottenbelt – The History of Financial Futures – Part Two
William Knottenbelt was interviewed by John Lothian for The History of Financial Futures video series at the FIA EXPO 2022 as he was preparing to leave the CME Group. He joined the CME Group in 2008 after being approached by then CME Executive Bryan Durkin while Knottenbelt was the head of global futures for the Royal Bank of Scotland, which had been taken over by the U.K. government during the financial crisis that year.
Investment in VettaFi Sets Up TMX to Grow Information Business in Canada and Globally
TMX Group recently invested in VettaFi, what it described as “a US-based, privately owned data, analytics, indexing, digital distribution, and thought leadership company” and TMX Chief Operating Officer Jay Rajarathinam spoke with JLN about the investment and other happenings going on at the exchange group.
Rajarathinam said TMX was seeking to expand into more information businesses and cited the acquisition of Wall Street Horizon as an example. Wall Street Horizon is a provider of global market-moving action and global corporate event data.
William Knottenbelt – The History of Financial Futures – Part One
William Knottenbelt said he likes to call himself a third generation commodity trader. Both his father and grandfather were commodities traders and had their own firms in Indonesia. Despite that background, Knottenbelt said he thought he wanted to be an accountant.
That thought did not last long after he secured a job at a commodity firm and realized he wanted to be on the trading side. Czarnikow offered him a job in London, but Knottenbelt wanted to work in France, so he was sent to its French subsidiary.
Marex’s Guy Wolf talks about ESG and carbon markets at FIA Expo 2022
Dr. Guy Wolf, Global Head of Market Analytics at Marex, spoke with John Lothian News at FIA Expo 2022 about ESG – particularly the environmental part. He said Marex is looking to be carbon neutral this year and has invested in a mangrove restoration and reforestation project in Indonesia to offset its own footprint. Becoming carbon neutral is also critical for the company’s clients, who are heavily involved in commodities.
First Citizens to Buy SVB After Biggest Bank Failure Since 2008
First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff This morning we have the first of the videos from our FIA Boca coverage and we start out with our interview with CFTC Chairman Rostin Behnam. We also have an interview with IMC Marketing Manager Steven Biester,...
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RELATIVE VALUE FRAMEWORK FOR ANALYZING VOLATILITY; MAT CASHMAN, EXPERIENCED TRADER & PRINCIPAL OF INVESTOR EDUCATION AT OCC, EXPLAINS THIS & MORE IN PART 2 OF THIS OPTIONS DISCOVERY FULL INTERVIEW
In part 2 of this Options Discovery full interview, JLN’s Alex Teng continues the conversation with Mat Cashman, principal of investor education at OCC®, to discuss the relative value framework for analyzing volatility, advice for starting a career in options, and The Options Industry CouncilSM (OIC®) free online tools.
How Options Hedging for Oil Is Turbocharging Volatility
Observations & Insight Gain Small-Cap Exposure with Options on the Russell 2000 Index Learn why small-cap indexes like the Russell 2000 have historically outperformed large-cap counterparts, and how an options strategy can help you manage your risk while...