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On Oct. 17 R.J. O’Brien celebrated its 100th anniversary with the showing of a 20 minute video documentary, made by John Lothian Productions, about the history of the firm, which began as a butter and egg broker and was one of the founding members of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. View page

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John Lothian News Features

RJO Just Getting Started at 100

Jim Kharouf » 10.20.14
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It is rare that any company reaches the milestone that RJ O’Brien has this year – its 100th in business. Joining the 100-year club says something about a company, and not just about its longevity. It begs the simple question – How did they do it? Beyond the business cliches about them being innovative, better than their competitors, or having the best talent, RJO has been able to use some really personal values to anchor … Read more

Tim McDermott, CEO, NADEX – You Can’t Google Map Your Career

JLN Staff » 10.16.14

Oceans of Data: Ari Rubenstein Talks About the Next Data Challenge and Solution

JLN Staff » 10.15.14

Share Your Secret Sauce! Alan Synder Says Emerging Managers Should Provide More Details

JLN Staff » 10.15.14

Craig Donohue, executive chairman, OCC – Clearing Today and Tomorrow

JLN Staff » 10.14.14

Five Year Plan: DTCC’s Marisol Collazo Offers a Progress Report on Global Data Repository Issues

Doug Ashburn » 10.9.14

Upcoming Conferences

FIA Expo 2014 - 30th Annual Futures & Options Expo

When: Tue Nov 4, 2014 to Thu Nov 6, 2014 
Where: Hilton Chicago, South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, United States
Event Description: Expo, held each fall in Chicago, is the largest futures industry event in the world. More than 5,000 people visit the exhibit hall that showcases the latest products and services. Seminars address brokerage issues, trading systems and strategies, and operations and technology.Expected Attendees: 5,000+/30+ countries / Exhibits: 150+  Read More

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MarketsWiki World of Opportunity Intern Series Goes to London

When: Tue Oct 14 to Wed Oct 15, 2014
Where: London, United Kingdom
Event Description: John Lothian & Co. is pleased to announce the MarketsWiki World of Opportunity Summer Intern Education Series is coming to London on July 1st and 2nd, 2014 with the generous support of the CME Group. For the second year in a row, JLN is holding a series of market-focused educational events aimed at interns and young people interested in careers in the financial markets. This three-part series will be held at CME Group's office at One New Change (near St. Paul's Cathedral) in the heart of London. There will also be a social event following the Oct 15th afternoon event for speakers and students. Read More

IFM: Lifecycle of a Derivative Trade: Uncovering the Middle- and Back-Office Functions

When: Thu Nov 20, 2014
Where: CME Conference Roon - Chicago, IL, United States
Event Description: Offered by the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM), a non-partisan, nonprofit educational foundation, this one-day course takes you "behind the scenes" to explore how brokers and investors on the buy-side and sell-side of the industry perform these functions for both listed and OTC derivatives. Participants will explore the functional building blocks of middle and back office operations that support trade lifecycle activity, from the inception of an order or request for quote (RFQ) through clearance and settlement of payments. The infrastructure or "plumbing" that links together these functions, and the points of failure representing operational risk will be highlighted throughout the program. Particular attention is paid to the lifecycle of both a cleared and uncleared swap. $595 Early-bird bird ends 4 weeks prior to course date | $650 Standard registration  Read More

IFM: Futures & Options/Series 3 Exam Course

When: Tue Dec 2, 2014 to Wed Dec 3, 2014 
Where: NFA Conference Room - Chicago, IL, United States
Event Description: Offered by the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM), a non-partisan, nonprofit educational foundation, this two-day program provides a foundation in the fundamentals of futures and options market theory and practice. The course covers from the market knowledge topics such as trading theory and functions; margins, offset, settlement, delivery; option premiums, exercise, assignment and settlement: orders; hedging; spreading; strategies and calculations, and more. The course includes two must-read books - Futures and Options and the Guide to U.S. Futures Regulation - and PassMaster, a Web-based tutorial with unlimited practice tests for attendees who plan to take the Series 3 exam. $625 Early-bird bird ends 4 weeks prior to course date | $675 Standard registration  Read More

IFM: Making Sense of Cleared Swaps

When: Thu Dec 4, 2014
Where: NFA Conference Room - Chicago, IL, United States
Event Description: Offered by the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM), a non-partisan, nonprofit educational foundation, this one-day course is designed to introduce swaps and the key features and characteristics of these contracts. The educational program explores the world of swaps by taking a closer look at two of the most popular swaps— interest rate swaps (IRS) and credit default swaps (CDS) — and how financial institutions and corporates use swaps in their portfolio management strategies. In addition, the program looks at how swaps differ from listed derivatives and the changing landscape with a migration to the CCP model.This course is recognized by GARP and valid for 6.5 credits. $495 Early-bird | $550 Standard registration Read More

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