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July 2nd,2020
COVID 19 boosts RFQ demand – Connamara CEO

By Wendy Lisney The closure of trading floors amid Covid-19 has boosted demand for request for quote (RFQ) functionality to replicate the floor experience, Chicago tech firm Connamara has said. “The floor was essentially an RFQ model for complex strategies and products, be it options strategies or swaps or strips,” Jim Downs, Connamara’s chief executive
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March 2nd,2020
Why Financial-Market Pioneer Richard Sandor Is Building “the Most Boring Benchmark in America”

A conversation with the creator of AMERIBOR about interest-rate benchmarks in a post-LIBOR world. When you talk to Richard Sandor about his history as a serial entrepreneur in financial markets, it cannot be a short conversation. Over the past half century, Sandor has been prescient and present at key moments in the creation and evolution of
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January 13th,2020
Lessons in SHIFTing gears from bootstrapped startup founder Jim Downs

Jim Downs, CEO of Chicago-based custom trading software company Connamara Systems, has had a fascinating career path. Once an avionics engineer, an Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) telemetry expert with the CIA, and market maker at the CBOT and CBOE, he founded Connamara in 1998. On today’s episode, he shares some of the lessons he has
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January 2nd,2020
2020 Outlook: Dan Curry, Connamara Systems

Markets Media Dan Curry is Head of Business Development at Connamara Systems. What was the key theme for your business in 2019? Dan Curry, Connamara The key theme for our business in 2019 was efficiency, demonstrated mainly by our EP3 technology solution. EP3, launched in March, is a ground-up rebuild of our matching engine technology,
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