MWE SHORT: Walt Lukken – The New Normal and the Five Tips

“We’re in a very exciting industry. Fundamentally, the demand for risk management in our financial markets to service the real economy is not going to disappear. It may change on the margins and people are going to leave the business, but it is going to be here and innovating for a long time to come.”

Sometimes a MarketsWiki Education presentation is of the “buy one, get one free” variety. Walt Lukken, president and CEO of the Futures Industry Association delivered just that – two interesting and thoughtful presentations – to a crowd of summer interns at the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Chicago 2016.

In the first half, Lukken offers an introduction to the futures industry from the perspective of its representative trade organization. He looks at the state of regulation and politics in the U.S. and abroad and says, despite the many headwinds, the outlook for the derivatives industry is quite positive indeed.

He then offers up five important suggestions for improving one’s career path – ideas that hold true whether one is a freshly hired intern, an occupant of a corner office in the C-suite, or anywhere in between.

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MWE SHORT: Ben Van Vliet – The Nature of Competition

MWE SHORT: Ben Van Vliet – The Nature of Competition

“You can’t tell Derrick Rose or LeBron James he’s not allowed to fake out an opponent.”

Ben Van Vliet, Assistant Professor and Associate Director at the Illinois Institute of Technology, discusses the nature of competition in the financial industry and the impact of deception in the markets.