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Ralph Achkar
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The Four Players Creating the Next Era of Fintech

Ralph Achkar at Colt Technology Services shares his thoughts about how multiple stakeholders play distinct, vital roles in shaping the future of fintech; and, how ultimately, their working together should yield the most fruitful solutions.

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Will the Real Jay Clayton Please Stand Up?

President Donald Trump’s selection of Jay Clayton as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is now a matter of history. But the lingering question on the collective mind of the markets remains - what kind of SEC Commissioner or cop will he actually be? And what will his legacy be?

CEO CHAT: JonesTrading's Hill Says Block Trading Is Alive and Well

While fragmentation might be a fact of the modern-day equity market structure, the ability to source a sizable chunk of stock isn’t impossible, regardless of name, says JonesTrading' CEO Alan Hill. In a conversation with Traders Magazine, Hill talked about block trading and its future.

What Lies Beneath

Regulatory reform road map portends changes for the market.

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Demystifying Dodd-Frank

Commissioner Scott O'Malia of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is on a mission. He says the process of writing new over-the-counter derivative contract rules needs more transparency. Over the past year he has repeatedly called for more roundtables and public comment on how rules are written. Why is this important? Because these rules, among other things, will determine which OTC derivative contracts must go through a clearing process and which ones can continue to use the old bilateral, dealer-to-dealer model.

New Blood

Fresh-faced yet experienced graduates are entering investment firms in strong numbers. Traders looks at this crop of bright young things and the new skills and placing new demands on the buyside.

The New Topic

Some unintended consequences from the credit crisis of 2008 and the regulations that followed have come to light. Also, buyside firms are gathering their traders to rate the research and execution services from the sellside in relentlessly thorough scoring sessions.

A Clear Answer on HFT

High-frequency traders and supporters claim that HFT is helpful to the equity market. The data presents a starkly different story.

Better Data Emerges After Rules Battle

Once the fight for new regulations settled down, an unintended victor has emerged: the data and data systems used by today's traders.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Over the past year, the liquidity in emerging currencies grew in fits and starts quarter to quarter. Traders asked FX veterans for their outlook on the next 12 months.