Sunday 1st March 2015
NEWS TICKER: FEBRUARY 27TH 2015: The number of global weakest links increased to 154 (as of Feb. 17, 2015), with 15 additions and nine removals, according to Standard & Poor's Global Weakest Links And Default Rates: Greece's Uncertain Future Weighs On Increased Corporate Default Risk, published today on RatingsDirect. "This month, we added five Greece-based entities to the weakest links list; four 'CCC+' rated Greece-based banks and one 'B-' rated utility sector company were placed on CreditWatch with negative implications, as the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to lift the waiver on the eligibility of Greek government bonds in euro-system operations," said Diane Vazza, head of Standard & Poor's Global Fixed Income Research Group. "The CreditWatch placements reflect increased default risk looming over some Greek institutions and broader economic pressure, because Greece recently secured a four-month extension on its bailout."
Joe Ratterman

Joe Ratterman

Joe Ratterman is president and chief executive officer of BATS Global Markets, the parent company of the BATS Exchanges, BATS Options and BATS Chi-X Europe. He also holds the same titles with the BATS Exchanges. Mr. Ratterman joined BATS as a founding employee in 2005 and initially served as executive vice president and chief operating officer until mid-2007.

In 2010, Mr. Ratterman was named as one of the four national finalists in the Financial Services category for the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® award. As one of the most prestigious entrepreneurial honors in the world, the Entrepreneur of the Year award celebrates the most influential and innovative entrepreneurs from around the globe. Mr. Ratterman was also named to Institutional Investor's annual "Tech 50" list in 2011 and 2010 and ranked #7 and #9, respectively.

Mr. Ratterman is a frequent panelist at market structure and trading conferences and also comments frequently via newsletters to the industry. To read his latest commentaries, please view the latest CEO Newsletters.

Prior to joining BATS, Mr. Ratterman was vice president of business development at Tradebot Systems. Previously, he was chief information officer at LabOne, the Lenexa, Kan.-based health screening and diagnostic testing company now owned by Quest Diagnostics. Before joining LabOne, Mr. Ratterman was chief technology officer at Bridge Information Systems and Reuters, where he was employed from 1990 to 2002.

An accomplished water skier, rock climber, professional photographer, and instrument-rated commercial pilot, Mr. Ratterman holds a degree in mathematics and computer science from Central Missouri State University, as well as Series 7, 24, 27, 55 and 66 licenses. He is also active in the local community as a member of the Kansas City Public Library Technology Advisory Board and the Angel Flight Central Board of Directors.

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