Fixed Income Future Leaders USA 2017

May 16-May 18, 2017

Westin Copley Place - Boston

44 (0)207 368 9330

Michael O'Brien

Director of Global Trading
Eaton Vance

Viewed as an industry pioneer, Michael oversees a global trading team operating 24 hours per day responsible for the execution of long and short trades in over seventy-five markets. They also gathering intelligence on new instruments including hard currency and local currency debt. Having successfully steered Eaton Vance’s FX trading desk trough choppy waters in 2015, Michael will be outlining what trends he sees driving FX markets forward and how you can successfully capitalize on these in 2016.



Day 1- Wednesday May 17th 2017

08:30 AM Head Trader Keynote Panel: The view from the Global Heads- What are the top priorities for the buy side fixed income trading business over the next 12 months?

  • What are the major buy side priorities for fixed income in 2017/18 and how will this change trading and investment divisions?
  • How are trading desks being re-structured to facilitate the development of traders and PMs in a new market order?
  • Where is the investment in new technology going in order to focus trading resources where they are truly needed?
  • With more impetus on the buy side and a reduction in price making and liquidity provision from the sell side, how should you change the roles of your traders to prosper in a new market structure?

14:00 PM Oxford Style Debate: True or false- The latest clearing requirements make OTC swaps trading less attractive and push the market towards listed derivatives

True - Chris Dopp, Senior Vice President, Buy-Side Business Development, Eurex

True - Michael O'Brien, Head of Global Trading, Eaton Vance

False - Sol Steinberg, Regional Director, PRIMA

False - Glenn Taitz, Head of Fixed Income Trading, Invesco

  • As the OTC market moves further towards a clearing model, what are the issues in terms of cost and risk?
  • Is increased margin on uncleared transactions pushing buy side firms to trade exchange-traded derivatives to avoid additional costs?
  • Will the new uncleared margin requirements lead to an increase in voluntary clearing of ‘non-cleared’ products or is this not necessary?
  • Are adequate solutions available to make the clearing model more streamlined and efficient, or are the still improvements to be made?
  • With rules governing futures transactions being less restrictive than current swap rules, are we likely to see the futurization of swaps?