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Reviving Birmingham-Southern: Dan Coleman’s Journey to Save a Struggling College

Reviving Birmingham-Southern: Dan Coleman’s Journey to Save a Struggling College

Dan Coleman left KCG after it was acquired by Virtu Financial and moved back to Birmingham, Alabama to contemplate his future. He reached out to a local college, Birmingham-Southern, whose board he once served on. Little did he know he would soon end up as its president. 

While waiting for the Virtu deal to close, Coleman called the college and asked what was going on there. This led to a conversation during which he was hired as a college professor teaching investments. He dove into the text book for the class and found it was the same one he had studied in 1993 when he was an undergraduate. Coleman sensed that some of his knowledge was out of date and decided to take a class in computer programming using Python, as well as one in mathematics. In the spring he took more Python and actuarial math, a subject he wishes he had studied earlier, he said. 

IMX CEO Jim Plante Discusses the Path Forward After CFTC Approval

IMX CEO Jim Plante Discusses the Path Forward After CFTC Approval

Jim Plante, the CEO of IMX, in a recent interview with John Lothian News, discussed the next steps for the healthcare-focused futures exchange after receiving approval from the CFTC. IMX’s target launch is in the second quarter of 2024, and Plante said the next challenge is the ongoing process of onboarding futures commission merchants to the exchange. IMX is also working on finalizing its initial product offerings, which will undergo regulatory approval. IMX plans to make significant announcements regarding index licensing partnerships related to healthcare futures contracts. Plante emphasized that the healthcare industry, which constitutes nearly 20% of the economy, involves natural market players on both sides, including healthcare service providers, pharmaceutical companies, and health insurance providers, necessary components for a healthy futures market.

John Lothian: Week in Review (January 22-26, 2024)

John Lothian: Week in Review (January 22-26, 2024)

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How a 27-Year-Old Codebreaker Busted the Myth of Bitcoin’s Anonymity

Once, drug dealers and money launderers saw cryptocurrency as perfectly untraceable. Then a grad student named Sarah Meiklejohn proved them all wrong—and set the stage for a decade-long crackdown.

Amanda Cain – John Lothian Profiles – Part Two

Amanda Cain – John Lothian Profiles – Part Two

In a part two of her interview with John Lothian News for the John Lothian Profiles series, Amanda Cain discussed her founding of Male Allies for Women within the Americas Women’s Network. This initiative seeks to address gender diversity issues in corporate environments, particularly focusing on promoting women to director-level roles and above.

John Lothian: Week in Review (January 15-19, 2024)

John Lothian: Week in Review (January 15-19, 2024)

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SEC’s bitcoin ETF sign-off comes with a stark reminder of its lingering doubts

Poland plans to set an end date for coal-fuelled power, the country’s Secretary of State for Climate Urszula Zielinska said on Monday, marking a shift from the previous government’s stance on climate change.

Amanda Cain – John Lothian Profiles – Part One

Amanda Cain – John Lothian Profiles – Part One

In a recent interview with John Lothian Profiles, Amanda Cain shared her journey into the financial services industry and her experiences as a pioneering woman in the field. Cain’s entry into the industry began when she was invited to join the EDF Man Commodities Training Program, a move that she described as lucky and unexpected. She recalled a time when she was one of the few women in the industry, with limited female colleagues.

John Lothian: Week in Review (January 8-12, 2024)

John Lothian: Week in Review (January 8-12, 2024)

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SEC’s bitcoin ETF sign-off comes with a stark reminder of its lingering doubts

You hear the word Goldilocks a lot at present. The catchall term for “not too hot, not too cold, but just right” implies great conditions for markets. And by the time midnight rang on New Year’s Eve, the world very much deployed on the basis that Goldilocks would indeed find her way through the woods.

Scott Shellady Open Outcry Traders History Project Full Podcast

Scott Shellady Open Outcry Traders History Project Full Podcast

Scott Shellady, known as the “Cow Guy,” discussed his journey from playing football at the University of Colorado to becoming a successful trader and market commentator with John Lothian News in an Open Outcry Trader History Project Interview. He encountered a roadblock in his initial attempt to pursue a degree in finance, so he started out studying art. He was later able to switch to finance as he experienced success in football. He was reluctant at first to follow in his father’s footsteps to the Chicago Board of Trade, but eventually he decided to explore his father’s world of trading at the CBOT.

Scott Shellady – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part Three

Scott Shellady – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part Three

In part three of his Open Outcry Traders History Project Interview, Scott Shellady recalled the humbling experience of making a trading error when he sold Swiss futures instead of Lira futures due to a misunderstanding of the trading language. He highlighted how such experiences in the pits taught him the importance of understanding market jargon and being aware of the nuances of each trading floor.

Prometheum Founder and Soc. Gen Executive Discuss Blockchain, Crypto Regulation, and Special Purpose Broker Dealers

Prometheum Founder and Soc. Gen Executive Discuss Blockchain, Crypto Regulation, and Special Purpose Broker Dealers

Prometheum founder Aaron Kaplan and Thomas Sullivan, a managing director at Societe Generale, recently discussed blockchain, crypto regulation, and special purpose broker dealers in a podcast interview with John Lothian of John Lothian News. They explored how blockchain technology is poised to enhance market efficiency by streamlining operations. Kaplan highlighted the inefficiencies in traditional Wall Street systems and stressed the advantages of instantaneous settlement and improved record-keeping that blockchain can offer.

Quant Models Went Haywire as Chinese Stocks Crashed and Rallied

Quant Models Went Haywire as Chinese Stocks Crashed and Rallied

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Do you remember that record breaking value jump by Meta Platforms Inc. when it declared a dividend for the first time and its shares jumped the market value in the firm to a $197 billion gain? This morning at...

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MSCI and Cboe Global Markets enter into a strategic collaboration

Observations & Insight Options Discovery Episode 30: Risk Management For Options Portfolios; Hilary Till, Principal At Premia Capital Management, Discusses This And More With JLN's Asma Awass. JohnLothianNews.com In this episode of Options Discovery, Asma Awass...

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