All posts by: Elise Fleischaker

Report from FIA Boca 2018: Blockchain, Brexit, Bitcoin and More

The 42nd annual FIA Boca conference took place last week, with the global derivatives industry’s leaders gathering on Florida’s Atlantic coast for a busy week of sessions, networking and dealmaking. The robust lineup of topics and high-profile speakers generated many noteworthy takeaways. But before I get to that…

One thing stood out: there seemed to be more of a female presence this year. The FIA team doesn’t track attendance by gender, but my informal on-site poll coupled with my personal observations suggests that more women—and more women in senior positions—attended Boca this year than ever before. And this increased female presence wasn’t just among attendees; many also noticed more women on panels than in years past. (Of note, there were not one but two females on the exchange leaders panel!) I know I’m not alone when I say that I’m encouraged by the shift to more diverse representation. There seems to be a genuine interest among our industry’s leaders in fostering diversity, and I’m optimistic that this trend will continue. (more…)

From Education to Inspiration

There comes a point in a young person’s life when they discover their place in the world. This usually occurs in college where, through a series of experiences, everything comes together and their future becomes clear. Those experiences inspire a student to pursue a calling instead of simply look for a job.

Through our campus outreach program, TT CampusConnect™, we often meet students who are in that place where education becomes inspiration and leads them to their calling.


FinTech Exchange 2017 Puts the Focus on Data

Last week, hundreds of financial and technology professionals, including myself, gathered in Chicago for Barchart’s third annual FinTech Exchange. The event focuses on technology specifically for the markets and trading. The theme each year has evolved to reflect timely topics. As Barchart CEO Mark Haraburda shared in the John Lothian Newsletter, this year’s content was “focused on data, the way data is delivered, the way data is stored, the way data is analyzed and visualized as well as the new types of data in the alternative data space.”

While the attendees and presenters came from all over, Chicago’s presence was the strongest—not only because the conference is held there, but because Chicago has become an epicenter of fintech innovation.


University of Chicago Midwest Trading Competition: Making it Real

Trading Technologies recently provided the trading platform for the University of Chicago Midwest Trading Competition. The event centered on algorithmic trading and attracted students from some of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. and Canada.

At the center of the competition was the TT® platform, including our visual programming interface, ADL®. While this was the fifth year for the annual competition, it marked the first year of our involvement. The organizers approached Trading Technologies last summer and told us they were looking to improve the event. In particular, they wanted a new trading platform that could make the competition realistic, providing students with an experience that truly replicated how the markets operate.


Report from FIA Boca 2017: Clear Skies and Sunshine

Another FIA Boca conference (#FIABoca) is in the books. Despite a snowstorm that hit the midwest and east coast, creating travel challenges for many, about 1,100 attendees from a record 25 countries eventually made it to the historic “pink resort” to gain insight from industry thought leaders, network with connections old and new, and soak in the Boca Raton scene and sun.

Boca 2017 was sentimental for all of us at Trading Technologies because it marked the two-year anniversary of the TT® platform’s launch. Our CEO Rick Lane shared how watching the TT platform grow over the past two years was in many ways like raising his twin two-year-old toddlers: “In many ways, the milestones they’ve achieved in their second year of life mirror the same of the technology platform in which TT has invested so much.” Read his full story in “TT at Two.”