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 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.
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 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.
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.
In part three of his interview with John Lothian News for the Open Outcry Traders History Project, veteran trader and educator Gilbert Leistner says the only thing he saw in his years of trading that spontaneously stopped trading was the Challenger space shuttle blowing up. The floor went silent for 30 seconds and it was two minutes before he heard his first tasteless joke, he said.
Bruce Traan is a 15+ year veteran of the Cboe who had jumped into the crypto world, but now has created his own firm to bring fairness in pricing to firms needing the licensing services of an index provider. The uneven pricing of the index provider world is what he seeks to solve with his new enterprise, BenchMarket.
David Nealis, president of Eden Global Capital, sat down with John Lothian News for a video interview at FIA Boca 2022. Eden Global, a private investment firm based in the British Virgin Islands, is currently focused on the Vietnamese market, Nealis said.
“Vietnam will have about 8% GDP growth this year,” he said. “It reminds me of China 25 years ago.”
Veteran Options Trader Shares Stories from New York to Chicago and Around the World
Gilbert Leistner is a good storyteller and he shared many stories during an interview for the Open Outcry Traders History Project that JLN has broken into three parts. The stories are about his difficulties with the feudal specialist system at the AMEX, coming to Chicago and trading on all three Chicago exchanges, dragons and princes, trading models that don’t work, and figuring out one that changed the way futures options trade.
Stanislav Ermilov, founder and CEO of Tallarium, believes the over-the-counter energy markets are broken and the cause is the common Excel spreadsheet that has been the front end for deal making. John Lothian News talked with Ermilov at FIA Expo 2022 about how his company, Tallarium, fixes that problem.
Ryan Moroney, CEO and managing director of CQG, said it was a no-brainer to expand Alli Brennan’s role to head of Americas and EMEA, running sales for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) office as well as the Americas office. In the role since early November, Brennan said she’s excited by the opportunity to grow CQG’s footprint and launch products in a new region. Moroney and Brennan spoke with John Lothian News about developments in CQG’s world of trade routing, market data, and technical analysis tools in an interview at FIA Expo 2022.
Tony Trzeciak is the CEO of Dialect (dialect.app), which he founded in August of 2021. JLN spoke with Trzeciak at the FIA Expo 2022 in Chicago about creating an analytics model to make sense of data and translate it into better trading and investment decisions.
Exegy has been hard at work putting its company together after buying Vela in May of 2021. Exegy went out and bought Enyx almost one year to the day it bought Vela, Craig Schachter, chief revenue officer of Exegy, told John Lothian News at FIA EXPO 2022.
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