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5 Questions with Rick Beaman of Nasdaq Futures Exchange

Rick Beaman NasdaqRick Beaman is Vice President and Head of the Nasdaq Futures Exchange (NFX). Based in Houston, TX, Rick oversees client and Broker relations for U.S. Commodities and all business activities for NFX. Mr. Beaman joined Nasdaq in May 2010 and has been involved in energy market exchanges, clearing, product development and brokering for more than 20 years. Rick is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy. In this post, Rick explains how the Navy shaped his career in the energy market and predicts the next big thing in commodity futures.

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5 Questions with Professor Bill Hrusa of Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Bill Hrusa is a professor of mathematical sciences at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) who teaches Fixed Income in the university’s Master of Science in Computational Finance (MSCF) program. This interdisciplinary program, which has been ranked #1 in the U.S. since 2011 by QuantNet, is a unique collaborative effort between the Tepper School of Business, the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the Department of Statistics, and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. He also teaches several courses and supervises undergraduate research projects in CMU’s Bachelor of Science in Computational Finance (BSCF) program, which is an interdisciplinary program that is a collaborative effort between the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the Tepper School and the Heinz School College. Through the TT CampusConnect® program, Dr. Hrusa uses the TT® platform to help his students understand how the markets operate and how to apply math to trading. He spoke with us about his background and his approach to teaching the next generation of capital markets professionals.

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5 Questions with Massimo Giorgini of Borsa Italiana’s IDEM Market

The IDEM market of Borsa Italiana expands trading hours and continues on its growth path.

Massimo GiorginiIDEM, the Italian Derivatives Market of Borsa Italiana and part of London Stock Exchange Group, was one of the fastest growing equity derivatives markets last year in Europe, trading nearly 49 million lots. This performance was led by FTSE MIB futures and FTSE MIB options, with both experiencing double-digit growth in 2016. The IDEM market has also seen record liquidity thanks to the support of 24 global market-making firms and the significant contribution of the online trading community–heralded by IDEM as a unique situation in Europe. We spoke with Massimo Giorgini, Head of Equity and Derivatives Markets Business Development at Borsa Italiana – London Stock Exchange Group, about recent developments at IDEM.

– Brian Mehta, CMO


5 Questions with Lisa Ward, Co-founder of TankerTrackers and #OOTT

Lisa Ward Tanker TrackersLisa Ward has more than six year’s experience working in finance and banking in a range of roles including operations, customer relations, project management, accounts and Treasuries. Her drive and enthusiasm for learning new things led her to discover a passion for markets—specifically for the oil industry. As a result of her love of oil, she co-founded an online community known as The Organization of the Oil-Trading Tweeters, or #OOTT on Twitter, which has grown to include several million members. Lisa and her co-founder, Samir Madani, also developed a way to track global maritime oil movements and created the TankerTrackers website. Follow her on Twitter at @Lisa_Ward1990.

– Brian Mehta, CMO