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NYSE Floor Broker Lauren Simmons Breaking Records & Glass Ceilings

MarketsMuse Curators extend our thanks for the excerpt below, courtesy of Aug 1 feature story by Philly Inquirer Reporter, Erin Arvedlund. Follow Erin on Twitter via   @erinarvedlund  or email  EArvedlund@phillynews.com

NYSE Floor Broker Lauren Simmons is breaking records and glass ceilings. She’s the youngest female and only the second African American woman to ever work at the NYSE in its 226-year history. On December 5, 2017, she signed her name alongside that of John D. Rockefeller in the constitution of the NYSE.

She’s what most traders aren’t — a millennial, a woman, and a minority.

At 23, Lauren Simmons is the youngest and only current full-time female trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Simmons, a native of Marietta, Ga., graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in genetics and a minor in statistics, all of which helped her impress Gordon Charlop, partner at Rosenblatt Securities and a floor trader for twenty-five years. As a NYSE floor governor, he hired her to work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as an equity trader last year.

“He liked my stats background, and as a trader, you have to make quick decisions,” Simmons told the crowd. Rosenblatt is a specialist boutique brokerage firm that trades mostly exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, she said

While much of Wall Street trading is now automated and computerized, the NYSE is one of the last remaining trading floors with humans, she added.

“My orders from clients might move prices, and I can go to one of the market-makers in a stock in-person and ask them what the market’s looking like. Technology can’t do that.”

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This 23-year-old is the only full-time female trader at the New York Stock Exchange from CNBC.

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Swimming With New Sharks: Kevin O’Leary Jumps into ETF Biz

How big are ETFs these days? Even Kevin O’Leary, aka “Mr. Wonderful” of ABC’s “Shark Tank” is getting into the game. On Tuesday, O’Leary was on the NYSE floor to launch the O’Shares FTSE US Quality Dividend ETF, (ARCA NYSE:OUSA): a basket of high-dividend stocks.

But he’s not doing this just to enter the crowded ETF space, which already has 1,700 ETFs and more than 50 ETF providers.

As noted by the coverage from CNBC, “Mr. Wonderful” is entering the exchange-traded fund world as an Issuer because he needed an investment vehicle for the equity portion of his family trust, which he started in 1997. O’Leary claims he wanted an investment vehicle that was rule-based, first and foremost, so no one would tinker with it.

And he wanted dividends. Why dividends? As O’Leary accurately opines, 70 percent of the returns in the stock market over the past decade or so have come from dividends.

But O’Leary did not just want to buy a basket of the highest-yielding ETFs. You can get that already with Vanguard High Dividend Yield, and you can get variations, like the iShares Select Dividend, that screen by dividend-per-share growth rate, or the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF, which focuses on companies that have steadily increased dividends. O’Leary’s rule-based system is predicated on the following:

  1. A total yield close to 3 percent
  2. with 20 percent less volatility than the market
  3. with stocks that all had strong balance sheets

OUSA is therefore comprised of 140 stocks selected from the FTSE USA Index, comprised of 600 of the largest U.S. publicly-listed equities.

Given the high-profile presence and PR power of O’Leary, O’Shares made its debut on Tuesday in heavy volume. It’s the latest in a flurry of new ETF launches this month; now with 28 new funds, July is already tied for the most ETF launches of any month this year.

 

 

BATS is Best For ETFs..Thanks to BlackRock

BATS Global Markets now is the leading U.S. marketplace for exchange traded funds (ETFs), executing 26.1 percent of all ETF trading in May.

MarketsMuse ETF and Tech Talk depts merge to provide following update, courtesy of James Dornbrook Kansas City Business Journal

On Thursday, the Lenexa-based stock exchange welcomed the 22nd ETF to be listed on its trading platform, the iShares Convertible Bond ETF (BATS: ICVT), an indexed bond fund that operates as a subset of the Barclays U.S. Convertibles Cash Pay Bonds Index. The index measures the performance of the U.S. dollar-denominated convertible bond market, which consists of bonds that a holder can convert into a specified number of shares of common stock of the issuing company. The bonds typically are used by companies with low credit ratings but huge growth potential.

More than half of the ETFs listed on BATS are from BlackRock Inc.’s (NYSE: BLK) iShares Exchange Traded Funds business. So the relationship with iShares has been key to BATS growth in listings for ETFs.

BATS excels at listing ETFs because offering companies are more interested in getting access to the liquidity BATS excels at offering than they are in buying marketing services, where the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq have a commanding advantage.

In addition to being the No. 1 ETF trading platform in the United States, BATS is also the No. 2 trader in overall U.S. equities, with a 21.2 percent market share in May.