The Weekend Update: September 16-20, 2019


HKEX and LSE, A Capitalist’s Conundrum

Mitsubishi Corp. said a rogue oil trader at its Singapore unit lost $320 million in unauthorized transactions disguised as legitimate hedges for customers.
The employee, a Chinese national working at Petro-Diamond Singapore Pte, has been fired and reported to police, Mitsubishi said in a statement, declining to name him. The trader, hired in November 2018 to handle oil business with China, “repeatedly” engaged in the unauthorized deals since January, disguising them to “look like hedge transactions,” the parent company said.



The Importance of Investor Education

In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Mary Savoie, executive director of the Options Industry Council and first vice president, investor education, for OCC, talks about the importance of investor education and how to become an informed investor. She discusses the role of the OIC in unbiased education for the complicated options industry. Education can lower barriers to options investing and boost people’s confidence, she said, and it is good for the health of the financial markets as a whole.

Futures Market Myths

In this video from our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Donna Heidkamp, the executive director of RJO Futures, says the financial industry gives people the opportunity to be lifelong students, continuing to learn about the economy, politics, culture and many other topics. She also explores some of the myths about the futures markets, including that there is too much leverage in commodities, that you have to take delivery, and that nobody makes money in futures.

The Spread – Backing Bakkt, a curve for Curve Global, and HKEX disappointment

In this week’s episode of The Spread, Matt Raebel takes over for Spencer Doar, remembering some we have lost and talking about HKEX’s failed bid for the London Stock Exchange, some big news for the Small Exchange, and what’s new with Bakkt, Euronext and Curve Global. 

The Marriage of Money and Machines

At MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Rumi Morales, entrepreneur and partner in Outlier Ventures, gave a brief history of trading and the technological changes that have swept the industry, ending with blockchain, which she said is “revolutionary” because no central counterparty is necessary. Blockchain, along with the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, will lead to a “Convergence Ecosystem,” she said.

Interviewing and Career Tips For Your Future

In this video from our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Robert Khoury, the CEO of Agile Rainmakers, a business development consultant and advisory firm, gives graduating students tips on job interviewing and careers, drawing from his 21 years in the financial industry. He learned a lot from his mistakes, and his practical suggestions are intended to empower those just starting out on a career in the financial industry or in any field.  

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