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Veteran Trader George Hanley Reflects on Trading Career and Family Legacy in Part Three of Open Outcry Traders History Project Interview

Veteran Trader George Hanley Reflects on Trading Career and Family Legacy in Part Three of Open Outcry Traders History Project Interview

In the third installment of the Open Outcry Traders History Project interview series, veteran trader George Hanley dives deeper into his trading career, family legacy, and the evolution of his business ventures. Conducted by John Lothian News for the MarketsWiki Education series, this segment offers a comprehensive look at Hanley’s experiences and insights from his time on the trading floors.

Greenwood Project CEO Aims to Grow Minority Talent Pipeline for Finance

Greenwood Project CEO Aims to Grow Minority Talent Pipeline for Finance

May 17, 2024 — The Greenwood Project, a nonprofit that prepares minority college students for careers in financial services, is undergoing major changes under new CEO Kwesi Smith to significantly expand its reach and impact. 

Smith, who has two decades of experience as a research analyst and investor, took over leadership of the Chicago-based organization in 2023. He aims to transform Greenwood into the premier talent pipeline for Black and Latino students nationwide seeking high-trajectory finance careers, Smith told John Lothian News in a recent video interview.

JLN Podcast: Navigating Fintech’s Evolution: Liquiditybook’s Journey Through Technological Advances and Regulatory Shifts

JLN Podcast: Navigating Fintech’s Evolution: Liquiditybook’s Journey Through Technological Advances and Regulatory Shifts

The fintech landscape has seen a remarkable evolution over the past decades, marked by technological advancements and regulatory changes. That progress and those obstacles were opportunities for firms like LiquidityBook to automate workflows and establish itself as a dependable partner to a diverse group of market participants. John Lothian News interviewed Terrence Cheung, director of post trade product management, and Shawn Samuel, CTO of LiquidityBook, in this podcast about its history and how it is managing the quickly shifting technological and regulatory landscape.

MEMX Celebrates Five Years of Innovation and Growth in the Financial Exchange Market

MEMX Celebrates Five Years of Innovation and Growth in the Financial Exchange Market

As MEMX marks its fifth anniversary, CEO Jonathan Kellner reflected on the company’s significant strides in reshaping the financial exchange landscape through cutting-edge technology and a robust corporate culture in an interview at the FIA International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, FL in March. Kellner spoke to John Lothian News for the JLN Industry Leader video series sponsored by Wedbush.

New Head of CFTC’s Whistleblower Office Highlights Potential Rewards for Reporting Fraud

New Head of CFTC’s Whistleblower Office Highlights Potential Rewards for Reporting Fraud

Sixty years ago, Fred Schwed penned “Where Are the Customers’ Yachts?” The title was inspired by a tale from over a century ago when a visitor in New York marveled at the lavish yachts owned by Wall Street insiders who profited from dispensing financial advice. This visitor pondered the absence of yachts belonging to the customers themselves, highlighting the stark reality that providing financial advice yields far more profit than receiving it. Today, there are new contenders for lavish yachts; whistleblowers. 

The new head of the CFTC’s Whistleblower Office, Brian Young, might be able to help you secure that big yacht if you’ve witnessed and reported commodity fraud to the CFTC Whistleblower Office, resulting in a recovery of more than $1 million from a CFTC enforcement action. 

Catherine Clay, Global Head of Derivatives at Cboe Global Markets, Discusses Vision for Unified Derivatives Franchise

Catherine Clay, Global Head of Derivatives at Cboe Global Markets, Discusses Vision for Unified Derivatives Franchise

Catherine Clay, the global head of derivatives at Cboe Global Markets, recently shared insights into the strategic reorganization of the company’s derivatives operations in an interview with John Lothian News at FIA’s International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, FL. This discussion was part of the JLN Industry Leader video series sponsored by Wedbush.

Euronext CEO Boujnah Discusses AI, Brexit, and ESG at FIA Conference

Euronext CEO Boujnah Discusses AI, Brexit, and ESG at FIA Conference

Stephane Boujnah says you cannot afford to be late to AI, but also that exchange matching engine operators need to be precise, not roughly correct. The Euronext CEO spoke to John Lothian News at the FIA International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, FL, as part of the JLN Industry Leader video series sponsored by Wedbush.  Boujnah pulled no punches in addressing the impact of AI, Brexit, geopolitical risks, cybersecurity threats and staying competitive. 

Eventus CEO Unveils Regulatory Challenges and Surveillance Trends at FIA Conference

Eventus CEO Unveils Regulatory Challenges and Surveillance Trends at FIA Conference

AI, the major theme of the FIA Boca conference, is a big theme in the world of trade surveillance, according to Travis Schwab, CEO of Eventus. “Applying those technologies to surveillance is becoming very commonplace,” he said. Schwab was interviewed at the FIA International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, FL by John Lothian News as part of the JLN Industry Leader series sponsored by Wedbush.

De’Ana Dow Reflects on Trailblazing Regulatory Career and FIA Hall of Fame Induction: From Audit Trails to Advocacy

De’Ana Dow Reflects on Trailblazing Regulatory Career and FIA Hall of Fame Induction: From Audit Trails to Advocacy

At the FIA International Futures Industry Conference in Boca Raton, FL, De’Ana Dow, partner at Capitol Counsel LLC and inductee into the FIA Hall of Fame Class of 2024, was interviewed by John Lothian News. Dow expressed surprise at her Hall of Fame nomination, saying, “I was completely shocked… never in a million years did I think I’d be considered, let alone selected.”

John Lothian Interviews Derivative Path’s Matt Petrik on Revolutionizing Financial Markets Amidst Regulatory Changes and Technological Innovations

John Lothian Interviews Derivative Path’s Matt Petrik on Revolutionizing Financial Markets Amidst Regulatory Changes and Technological Innovations

John Lothian recently interviewed Matt Petrik of Derivative Path, who discussed his company’s foundation and evolution in response to regulations like the Volcker Rule and Dodd-Frank. Originating from a team with roots at Wells Fargo, Derivative Path has developed into a cloud-based platform that simplifies interest rate hedging, foreign exchange, and commodities trading for financial institutions, especially those with assets under $100 billion. The platform’s trade blotter integrates various market operations, enhancing visibility for both firms and their clients.

CFTC Chairman Rostin Behnam Discusses Market Volatility, Data-Driven Culture, and Future Initiatives at FIA Futures Conference

CFTC Chairman Rostin Behnam Discusses Market Volatility, Data-Driven Culture, and Future Initiatives at FIA Futures Conference

At the FIA’s International Futures Conference in Boca Raton, FL, John Lothian News interviewed CFTC Chairman Rostin Behnam on topics ranging from the CFTC’s reaction to the death of former CFTC Chief of Staff Mike Gill to making the CFTC a more data driven culture to using Little Orphan Annie as the spokesperson for its AI fraud initiatives. The latter refers to the AI announcement I rewrote using ChatGPT as if done by Little Orphan Annie.

Sam Gaer’s Open Outcry History Was a Path To Electronic Trading

Sam Gaer’s Open Outcry History Was a Path To Electronic Trading

Sam Gaer’s foray into the futures industry began at the age of 15 when he sought a summer job and was recruited as a runner on the COMEX. Initially hesitant to wake up at 7 a.m. and commute from his suburban New Jersey home to New York, he swiftly relented upon learning of the $5 cash hourly wage.

His first day saw him working in the COMEX gold pit, running orders to brokers. Despite not really knowing what he was doing, by the end of the summer he had figured out how to chart prices. He also knew about taking orders from phone clerks, running them where they needed to go, what types of orders there were and where the more important orders went. He said, “I just kind of took to it.”

Rama Pillai’s Path to Electronic Trading Showed He is a Good Student

Rama Pillai’s Path to Electronic Trading Showed He is a Good Student

Rama Pillai enjoyed being a student and earned three separate degrees before deciding to come to Singapore to accept a position with SIMEX in 1991. Studying the floor-to-screen migration of other exchanges and spearheading a proactive migration plan for SGX showed that Pillai was a good student.

The seven-year-old SIMEX made Pillai employee number 118 when he joined a three-person sales team that also handled marketing and business development. Reflecting on this experience, he remarked, “It was just the three of us covering the world.”

Wildfires rage in Canada’s oil hub

Wildfires rage in Canada’s oil hub

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Trading Technologies (TT) celebrated its 30th anniversary yesterday, marking three decades of pioneering advancements in electronic futures trading. Founded in 1994, TT initially revolutionized the industry with its...

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