Scott O’Malia

A Look Back at Manipulation in the Metals Markets

A Look Back at Manipulation in the Metals Markets

Spoofing is Dunm (sic) and Just Plain Stupid If Bart Chilton were alive today, he would be smiling. The CFTC nailed another bank for metals futures market manipulation.  According to the CFTC website, “The Commodity Futures Trading Commission...

Reflections on Bart Chilton

Reflections on Bart Chilton

Remembrances of the life of Bart Chilton from friends and colleagues I am very saddened to learn about the passing away of Bart Chilton. I had the privilege of working with Bart while he was Commissioner and I was a division director at the...

John Lothian Newsletter: Client Margin Protections Should Be Recognized; CFTC Approves National Futures Association Rules Enhancing Protections for Retail Forex Customers; Welcome to a wild world of robot investing

First Read Bits & Pieces They call them the dog days of summer. We used to think that means sleepy and laid back. This month, it seems, it means we are working like dogs. Well, unless you are Jim Kharouf. Jim has been on holiday for the past two weeks, which added...

John Lothian Newsletter: CME faces scrutiny over warning signs on ‘flash crash trader’; Family Office of Google’s Eric Schmidt Buys Lehman Estate’s Stake in D.E. Shaw; Need for better commodity regulation deepens

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian & Doug Ashburn Barchart's FinTech Exchange 2015 was a wildly successful event in Chicago yesterday. The sold out event featured a Who's Who from the trading related technology world. The venue was great, the program...

Un Parti Québécois: ISDA 2015 Montreal

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association descends on Montreal, Quebec this week for its annual meeting and conference. Ahead of the conference, I caught up with ISDA CEO and former CFTC Commissioner Scott O'Malia, who offered up a preview of the conference...

SEFCON Snapshot 2014, Part II: Cross-Border Issues

The WMBA Americas hosted SEFCON V on November 12, 2014, and John Lothian News was there. We interviewed 14 SEF operators, regulators and participants and put together this three part series on the state of SEFs one year into the mandate. Part II looks at the...

Data Dive: CFTC’s O’Malia says swaps analytics need work

The CFTC is mandated to help police the futures arena and its much bigger relative, the swaps market. Collecting and monitoring data on the swaps market has been a vexing problem for the agency, but CFTC Commissioner Scott O’Malia said it will solve it. “We have four...

Closer Look: CFTC’s O’Malia taking a hard look at HFT

Michael Lewis’ book “Flash Boys” stirred up debate about high frequency trading like no other. Regulators, such as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) are taking a more in-depth look at the trading method to determine if there might be problems with HFT in...

Open for Business: SEFs Navigate the New Regulatory Environment

Swap execution facilities (SEFs) were given life by the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires over-the counter (OTC) swaps to be cleared and traded on this new type of regulated platform. The CFTC published its final SEF rules in mid-2013  and trading has commenced on 18...

CFTC’s Scott O’Malia Calls for a Plan of Action on Swap Data

New Dodd-Frank rules have allowed regulators their first look into swap data repositories, but the quality of swap data is not always up to par. In fact, it has been called “a mess” by CFTC Commissioner Scott O’Malia, who also chairs its Technology Advisory Committee....

Scott O’Malia For CFTC Chairman

I believe President Obama should appoint Scott O’Malia as the acting chairman of the CFTC when Gary Gensler leaves the Commission at the end of the year. As the United States faces a shutdown of its government due to partisan fighting between Republicans and...

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