Summary: What are SmarterMarkets? They leverage technology to create markets that are more liquid, transparent, and secure, with lower transactions costs and fewer barriers to entry. Markets that empower individuals to improve their own lives and help us address the biggest challenges that we face as a society — including climate change and the energy transition. How do we build SmarterMarkets? We’re starting with our weekly podcast exploring how both markets and technology can be redesigned to better serve market participants and society as a whole. The podcast, presented by Abaxx Technologies, brings together the entrepreneurs, icons, and executives of commodities, capital markets and technology to rant on the inadequacies of our systems and riff on ideas for how to improve them.
Our Summer Playlist rolls on this week with Arjun Murti. Arjun is the Former Head of Equity Research on the Energy Sector at Goldman Sachs, a Partner at Veriten, and the publisher of “Super-Spiked” on Substack. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely catches up with Arjun midway through the year to get his thoughts on where we are in the energy super vol cycle.
We kick off our Summer Playlist with Guy Turner, Founder & CEO of Trove Research. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Guy to discuss what’s happening in the voluntary carbon markets and the research that Guy and his team are doing at Trove to help us push past the rhetoric and better understand the reality of how carbon offsets are being used.
On the final installment of our Days of Futures Past series, we welcome Josh Crumb, Founder & CEO of Abaxx Technologies, into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Host David Greely sits down with Josh to discuss his vision for building smarter markets and why the future of smarter markets begins with launching a futures exchange and clearinghouse in Singapore.
This week on our Days of Futures Past series, we welcome Parag Khanna into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Parag is Founder & CEO of Climate Alpha and Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap. He is the author of seven books including Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization and The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict, and Culture in the 21st Century. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Parag to explore the influence of Asia and the new Asian values on markets, as well as to discuss the markets we’ll need to build an increasingly connected future.
We continue our Days of Futures Past series this week with Andy Home, Senior Metals Columnist at Thomson Reuters. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Andy to explore the history, the crises, and the scandals of the metals markets and the London Metal Exchange (LME). Together, they discuss what lessons we can learn from these histories in order to build better and smarter metals markets for the energy transition.
This week on our Days of Futures Past series, we welcome Adi Imsirovic into the studio. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Adi to discuss the history of the Brent crude oil market and speculate on its future. Adi Imsirovic is Director at Surrey Clean Energy, Former Global Head of Oil Trading at Gazprom Marketing & Trading, and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. He is the author of Trading and Price Discovery for Crude Oils: Growth and Development of International Oil Markets and the editor of Brent Crude Oil: Genesis and Development of the World’s Most Important Oil Benchmark.
We continue our Days of Futures Past series this week with two guests from Abaxx Exchange: Dan McElduff and Joe Raia. Dan is President, Head of Strategy & Development and Joe is Chief Commercial Officer at Abaxx Exchange. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Dan and Joe to discuss the launch of ClearPort at the NYMEX in 2002, which brought the backing of the clearinghouse to the global OTC markets and today clears transactions from 1,800 listed contracts across multiple asset classes.
On this week’s installment of our Days of Futures Past series, we welcome Walt Lukken back into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Walt is the President & CEO of the Futures Industry Association (FIA) and Former Acting Chairman & Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Walt to turn back the clocks to Lukken's time at the CFTC. Throughout the episode, they cover the economic globalization of the early 2000s and its role in the growth of the exchange-traded derivatives market, the lasting influence of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act (CFMA), Enron's collapse and its impact on energy market regulation, and Lukken's advice for future policymakers.
We continue our Days of Futures Past series with Michel Marks, the former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Michel to discuss the creation of the modern energy futures markets.
This week on our Days of Futures Past series, we welcome Dave Howson and Jos Schmitt into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. Dave Howson is EVP & Global President at Cboe Global Markets and Jos Schmitt is President & CEO of Cboe Canada and SVP & Global Head of Listings for Cboe Global Markets. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Dave and Jos to discuss the history of – and lessons from – the Chicago Board Options Exchange as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In the second installment of our Days of Futures Past series, we welcome John Lothian into the SmarterMarkets™ studio. John is Executive Chairman at John J. Lothian & Company and Founder & Publisher of John Lothian News. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with John to discuss the people and times that created the modern futures exchange in Chicago.
This week, we kick off our new series, Days of Futures Past, where we will be talking with the people who built these markets and those who know them best as we explore the lessons we need to make our commodity markets ready for the future. Our first guest is professor and author Scott Irwin. Scott is the Laurence J. Norton Chair of Agricultural Marketing at the University of Illinois and the author of Back to the Futures: Crashing Dirt Bikes, Chasing Cows, and Unraveling the Mystery of the Commodity Futures Markets. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Scott to discuss some of the lessons of the past that we can use to build commodity futures markets that survive, flourish, and remain the beating heart of our economy.
In the final episode of our Carbon Frontiers series, we welcome David Antonioli, CEO of Verra, back into the studio. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with Antonioli to discuss how the VCM can grow and develop into mature markets and what Verra is doing to help make that happen.
We continue our Carbon Frontiers series this week with John Dowd. John is the CEO of GoGreen Investments, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company helping private companies working on solutions to climate change raise funds on Wall Street. Before joining GoGreen, John managed multi-billion dollar portfolios at Fidelity Investments and co-led the Fidelity Energy Research Team. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely sits down with John to discuss how to successfully and responsibly invest in the energy transition. David and John also explore GoGreen’s investment in mining the battery metals needed to decarbonize our energy system.
This week, we present a special episode of SmarterMarkets™, bringing you exclusive interviews from last month’s FT Live Commodities Global Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland. SmarterMarkets™ host David Greely attended the summit and worked with the Financial Times to record interviews from this gathering of commodity experts, practitioners, and trading houses. The Financial Times’ Natural Resources Editor, Leslie Hook, provides an introduction to this special release, with guest appearances from Goldman Sachs' Jeff Currie, RBC Capital Markets' Helima Croft, Vitol's Michael Curran, International Emissions Trading Association's Alasdair Were and Joe Raia of Abaxx Exchange. Throughout the interviews featured in this special episode, host David Greely sits down with these guests to examine the future of carbon markets and climate action, the under-appreciated risks to our commodity markets ecosystem, balancing critical mineral supply and demand, the need for clear regulatory messaging from governments, and energy security amidst a changing geopolitical landscape.