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Michael Wilkins

Michael Wilkins

Business Development at Fidessa
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Bio A member of Fidessa's derivatives team, I am focused on the multi-asset trading requirements of global and regional FCMs, money managers and commodity trading houses. Career History I began my career as a Chicago-based execution trader, before moving onto the floor where I spent 4 years as an independent trader active in the fixed income and commodity markets. I have since spent eleven years in business development and product specialist roles in the vendor space.



Two For One

03 Feb 2017

If nothing else, we know the new regime in the US likes a good punchy sound bite. As many of us predicted, President Trump and his team have their sights firmly set on loosening the burden of Dodd-Frank and other regulatory sets that they feel make for a hostile business climate. The tagline of Trump’s executive order for regulatory reform is “two...



A Trump card for regulation?

19 Jan 2017

It's difficult to argue against any sensible form of regulation that ultimately makes the financial markets fairer and safer for all participants, but implementing and complying with all the new rules that apply across our industry is, undeniably, a very costly business. So when President-elect Trump's newly sworn-in, eager-to-please United State...


That's your limit!

09 Dec 2016

As is so often the case with some of the lengthy documents that make up the Shakespearean drama that is the MiFID II implementation, the devil is in the detail. The technical standards on position limits for commodity derivatives are a good example. Right at the very end, just before President Juncker's imprimatur, is a little tidbit suggesting th...


A calmer approach to position limits

28 Nov 2016

As we edge ever-closer to MiFID II implementation, the position limits debate is once again underway in Europe. Under the new rules the UK regulator is required to impose position limits on all commodity derivatives listed on UK trading venues. In its Consultation Paper the FCA states: “The aim of the new regime governing commodity derivatives trad...