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Ralph Achkar
Traders Magazine Online News

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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Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday May 1999 thru 2004
This month Traders Magazine looks back at the month of May. In 2000, the big question on traders' minds was “How do you get buysiders to trade on NYSE Floor?” Going further back to 1999, aside from concerns about the “Millennium Bug” there was the birth and rise of a new type of trader – the day trader. Also, do you remember when trading cost $39 per one hundred million to fund the Securities and Exchange Commission? Take a look back in 2004 at the first so-called tax cut for traders designed to boost not only trading volumes but a regulator’s budget. Lastly, check out the scenes from the 74th annual Chicago STA Mid Winter Conference.

May 5, 2017

Traders Magazine Introduces Flashback Friday Series

Introducing Flashback Friday - a new series produced along with Instinet that celebrates the history of equities trading as chronicled by Traders Magazine. Similar to what readers see on social media sites, every Friday, we will take a walk down memory lane and recount the highlights of a specific month and year. Source: Traders Magazine Online News

May 5, 2017

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Industry Watch - Bringing BuysidersTo the NYSE Floor

Back at the turn of the millennium, it was uncommon for the buy-side trader to execute directly the independent floor brokers on the New York Stock Exchange. There was no direct and cost efficient way to do it, until one company decided it was time to change that. Read here to see what was done. Source: Traders Magazine Online News

May 19, 2017

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Day Trading: Will They or Won't They?

The year was 1999 and focus was on the "Millennium Bug" and how at the stroke of midnight the civilized world could come to a screeching halt all because computing at the time failed to include years after 1999. Against this backdrop, was not only the birth and rise of the programmer but of a new type of trader - the day trader. Was it possible to get Mom and Pop to trade stocks just like the major brokers and investors and at what cost? Source: Traders Magazine Online News

May 19, 2017

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Exchange Fatigue

After Reg NMS was born and gave birth to dozens of public and private stocks exchange, derivatives were still traded among a handful of venues. But then in the shadows of the 2007 financial crisis, new exchanges looking to grab options market share sprang up. Let's take a look at the birth of fragmentation - in the options market - which is still going strong today. Source: Traders Magazine Online News

May 26, 2017

FLASHBACK FRIDAY GALLERY: Chicago 74th Annual Mid-Winter Meeting

The year was 2000 and we all survived the Millennium Bug, the State of Vermont passes HB847, legalizing Civil Unions for same-sex couples and a postage stamp cost.33 cents. Check out the scenes from the 74th annual Chicago STA Mid Winter Conference. Source: Traders Magazine Online News

May 26, 2017

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: A Tax Cut For Traders

Do you remember when trading cost $39 per one hundred million to fund the Securities and Exchange Commission? Take a look back in 2004 at the first so-called tax cut for traders designed to boost not only trading volumes but a regulator’s budget. Source: Traders Magazine Online News