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Downtown Event:  Options Panel Discussion at Nasdaq PHLX

Event Description

Join us for an informative discussion on the role of options in portfolio construction.  Here from our industry experts as they discuss the strategies and risks of options investing.

We are pleased to have Kevin Kennedy as a speaker at the event.  Kevin is Senior Vice President and Head of U.S.Options in Nasdaq's Global Trading & Market Services business. In this role, Mr. Kennedy is responsible for leading the US Options business for Nasdaq, including setting the strategic direction for all six of Nasdaq's U.S. Options exchanges. 

Prior to his appointment as Head of U.S. Options, he served as Head of Market Operations for U.S. Options at Nasdaq. Mr. Kennedy also served on the Board of Governors of the PHLX prior to its acquisition by Nasdaq.

Mr. Kennedy began his career as an independent market maker in September 1987. Since then, he has served as President of his own trading firm, and Vice President in Goldman Sachs Equities division, where he managed the firm's Philadelphia derivatives operation.

In addition to Mr. Kennedy, we are pleased to announce an additional speaker at the event:

Scott Nations
President and Chief Investment Officer, NationsShares

Scott Nations is the President and Chief Investment Officer of NationsShares and a bestselling author. NationsShares is the world's leading independent developer of option enhanced and option-based indexes. Scott is the creator ofVolDex® (ticker symbol: VOLI), an improved measure of option implied volatility; SkewDex® (ticker symbol: SDEX), a measure of option skew; and TailDex® (ticker symbol: TDEX), the first measure of the market's perception of tail risk. NASDAQ has recently licensed VolDex.

Scott is also the author of "A History of the United States in Five Crashes," a general interest history of the five modern stock market crashes (1907, 1929,1987, 2008 and the Flash of 2010). "A History of the United States in Five Crashes" was published by HarperCollins in June 2017. He is the author of "Options Math for Traders," published byWiley & Sons in 2012 which was an best-seller on itsrelease. He is also the author of "The Complete Book of Option Spreads and Combinations," published by Wiley & Sons in October 2014.

Prior to founding NationsShares, Scott was a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and was a market maker and floor manager for a leading S&P index option trading firm. While there he was responsiblefor development and implementation of a proprietary option pricing model and deployment of the first wireless handheld computers to the trading floor.

A full agenda will be available soon.

The event is being held at Nasdaq's headquarters in the newly-opened FMC Tower at 29th and Walnut Streets.

Nasdaq PHLX offers a combination of cutting-edge electronic and floor-based trading delivering a true full service options trading platform. Utilizing a customer priority, pro rata allocation model, PHLX ensures fast and efficient executions for Complex and Simple Orders while operating on our performance-driven INET technology.
PHLX follows a classic or traditional pricing model where customers receive marketing fees/rebates and non-customers pay fees.

Nasdaq PHLX Headquarters in the FMC Tower

Lite bites and refreshments will be served following the program.

This event is free to investment professionals interested in developing their options trading capabilities.

This program is sponsored by:




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Society; Educational

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Start Time

5/22/2018 5:00 PM

End Time

5/22/2018 7:30 PM

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2929 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

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