The Weekend Update: April 22-26, 2019


Getting To Market Fast Is The Difference Between Success
Or FailureHKEX and LSE, A Capitalist’s Conundrum

Developing new markets, especially when there is strong competition, is all about speed: not microseconds, but days, weeks or months.


Making an Independent FCM a Global Ag Powerhouse – Gerry Corcoran, R.J. O’Brien

It is not easy being a futures commission merchant (FCM) in today’s environment but R.J. O’Brien, the oldest and largest independent FCM, is thriving, bringing in record revenues of $600 million in 2018

Crypto Exchanges: A Centralized Future? – Colleen Sullivan, CMT Digital

In the world of crypto trading there are decentralized exchanges (DEXes) and centralized exchanges. It is not entirely clear which exchange model is likely to win out in the future, or if there will be a winner at all. 

NFA Security Requirements Effective April 1st

NFA updated requirements for member firms’ security programs took effect April 1, 2019.  The primary changes cover employee security awareness training, notification requirements in the event of a security breach, and clarification on the approval of a member’s security program.  

An Operating System for Capital Markets – Mazy Dar, OpenFin

When Mazy Dar worked for a firm in the credit default swap trading space, he became familiar with the challenges posed by application deployment in financial services. It was his experience then that made him realize capital markets could take a page from mobile phone app stores.  

Industry-Driven Derivatives Insights

Acuiti published its first quarterly derivatives report about a week ago and it is filled with fascinating insights about developments over the last year and especially the last three months in the world derivatives business. 

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