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Lothian is executive chairman of John J. Lothian & Co. and editor of the John Lothian Newsletter. He publishes MarketsWiki.com, MarketsReformWiki.com, MarketsWikiEducation.com, JohnLothianNews.com and several industry newsletters.

My Picks for CFTC and SEC Commissioners Standard

Despite repeated inquiries to knowledgeable industry players, there is little buzz about prospective new CFTC and SEC Commissioners outside of the chairmen. So if there is no buzz, then let’s create some of our own in time for the FIA Boca Raton International Conference.  I am going to give you my top ten potential candidates for each commission in alphabetical order. That they are on the list does not mean they would be willing to serve, but it does mean I believe they are eminently qualified to serve. I am also going to share with you honorable mentions. These are others…

Maker or Taker? Standard

“Maker – Taker” is a market model that rewards market participants for offering liquidity – “making” – and penalizes them for “taking” market liquidity.   Many makers are also takers. It is the way of the markets, and the way of the world.   Are you a maker, or a taker? It is a good question to ask. While we all do both, it is our outlook that defines whether we are makers or takers.   For example, are you a market participant who just goes home at the end of the day, or do you find a way to…

The Most Popular Stories of 2016 on JohnLothianNews.com Standard

As we end 2016 we should all stop in at Ceres in the Chicago Board of Trade Building for a stiff drink and to shake the hand of Billy Assimos. He was the focus of the most read story on www.johnlothiannews.com in 2016, according to Google Analytics. Sarah Rudolph penned the story, “Billy Assimos, the Face of Ceres” in June of this year. Assimos is the longtime manager of Ceres, a restaurant and bar in the CBOT Building, and a friend of many. I guess it pays to serve the stiffest drinks in Chicago. Coming in second place was Jim…

Markets Aren’t the Only Thing That Make Lows Standard

The holidays are supposed to be a time of merry cheer and happy tidings and for many that is the case. However, for others it is a time of loneliness and even depression. It is easy to miss the signs in friends and family members as we are celebrating the holidays, but it is important to keep in mind. Holidays can be a time of new lows. For some the loneliness and depression are a matter of missing loved ones who have departed. It is the memories of the happy holiday seasons of the past, now soured by their absence…

Gorbachev is Dead! Fake News is Nothing New To The Markets Standard

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Fake News Is Just Like a Game of Who Wants to be a Millionaire Fake news is nothing new. In fact, it is neither fake nor news. It is something called rumors. A rumor is just talk or opinion widely disseminated with no discernible source or a statement or report current without known authority for its truth. Sometimes it is true, sometimes it is not. Sometimes it was created by individuals to influence a market, sometimes it is just someone misinterpreting something they see. The markets have long dealt with rumors. That is part of the beauty of markets. They…

Jim Kharouf Named New CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. Standard

Jim Kharouf

John Lothian Moves to Executive Chairman; Kharouf Gets Equity Stake In Firm James Kharouf has been named CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc., replacing company founder John Lothian. Lothian moves to the role of executive chairman of the financial markets- focused media company. Kharouf, 50, has served as editor-in-chief of John Lothian News since 2007 and president of JLN since 2010. He will assume the role of CEO on January 9, 2017. A Milwaukee native, Kharouf is a graduate of Marquette University with a degree in journalism and has been a journalist and editor for more than 25…

Smile When You Buy Just Like You Do When You Give Standard

Today is GivingTuesday. I can only suspect this new holiday was created to give some balance to Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping extravaganzas. Today we are supposed to pause from our excessive consumerism and give something back to worthy charities. Thanks to our friends at Amazon, you can turn every day into GivingTuesday through the Amazon Smile program (smile.amazon.com). When you buy items from Amazon, and click on the Smile URL, you can select a charity to which Amazon will give .05% of the qualified purchase price. Yes, that is right, you buy and the charity benefits every day…

Phupinder Gill is Leaving the CME Group? Standard

Phupinder Gill is retiring at the end of the year, the CME announced. That is the cover story. What the real story is will be more difficult to discover, but this much is clear, this was not the plan. When I interviewed Gill at a Chicago Executive’s Club luncheon earlier this year we discussed the approach of developing your successor. Gill laid out how the CME had identified a group of CME executives that were all being groomed as successors. To have Terry Duffy named as CEO, and Gill to exit so quickly, smacks of some other kind of decision…

The Black Swan – the new symbol of the United States of America Standard

  Yah baby, Yah! Dodd-Frank, gone. Clearing mandate, gone. Regulations, gone. Low interest rates, no problem. Volcker Rule, gone. Volatility, you bet. Bullish on the exchange sector, you bet. The American voters just unleashed the greatest gift on the world of trading we could have ever asked for. We will now have volatility at all times of the day and night. Binary contracts just became a big thing. Forget about market direction. You better learn to trade volatility. We just made the Black Swan the new symbol of the United State of America. Goodbye Eagle. You want some Twitter rants…