All posts by: Brian Mehta

What Education Does: How The Financial Industry Can Shape Young Minds And Our Industry’s Future

MarketsWiki 2017 Session 4Last week, we hosted one of the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Chicago events at Trading Technologies. Our own CFO/CCO Michael Kraines spoke to the crowd about the prospects of a vibrant career in Chicago fintech. This event marks a summer highlight for TT interns as well as interns and young professionals associated with other companies in the Chicago capital markets industry.  

For more than 10 years, we have committed to promote education and career-pathing into the trading industry through our TT CampusConnect™ program. The recent editorial from Jim Kharouf, CEO and editor-in-chief at John Lothian News, on how to educate the next generation of industry professionals really resonated with me. He wrote that there still remains a major gap in the overall financial education of young students globally, and this presents an important challenge for the lifeblood of the financial services industry. We applaud the efforts of MarketsWiki Education, Divento Academy and Magnetar Academy, but agree more needs to be done by others in our communities, schools, universities and companies, as well as at the collective industry level.

To learn more about some of the positive steps forward and the continued challenges, read on for the text of Jim’s full editorial.

– Brian Mehta, CMO


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