The BSO team just came off the heels of exhibiting at one of the biggest derivatives conferences of the year – FIA’s IDX 2016.
This year’s conference featured a great welcome from FIA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Walt Lukken, who set the stage for the 2-day event with the theme “Moving the Industry Forward.” He spoke about how change is inevitable and how FIA is there to support its members during both the opportunities and difficult challenges ahead in the industry.
Indeed, there was much talk about the uncertainties surrounding Brexit as the industry looks towards the vote on 23rd June. Also on the political front, many discussed the upcoming U.S. presidential election and how the outcome could potentially impact the industry.
The conference floor was also abuzz with talk around regulation, including how MiFID II/MiFIR RTS will affect trading from both the buy side and sell side. Lukken asked that “Collectively, we should all support smart regulations that incentivise healthy and safe markets.” Many are questioning whether post-crisis regulations are working as billed and if their effects on the markets are desirable as the industry tries to find the right balance between healthy risk-taking and market safety.
BSO’s team certainly enjoyed being part of these conversations and having the opportunity to meet with clients while making new contacts. Thank you to all that we met – we look forward to seeing you again in October for the 32nd Annual FIA Futures & Options Expo in Chicago.