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

NFX Basis Point Value Contracts; One quarter hubris, three quarters details Standard

The hubris is mine, not Nasdaq’s. Over 20 years ago I came up with the idea for an innovative new futures contract that would improve hedging and engage speculators in new ways in fixed income trading. The idea was basis point value futures. Today, Nasdaq announced just that: a new U.S. Treasury futures product that builds on their cash Treasury market and allows customers to use “the dollar value of one basis point” to more accurately hedge a portfolio of cash Treasurys. The proper name of the contracts is: U.S. DV01 TREASURY FUTURES. I have shared this idea with many…

Updated: John Lothian Announces Launch of CryptoMarketsWiki.com Standard

(Adds quote from Bob Fitzsimmons of Wedbush Futures) CryptoMarketsWiki.com went live today with the launch of the latest media product from John Lothian, publisher of John Lothian News and founder of MarketsWiki. Cboe Global Markets, Murphy & McGonigle, Wedbush Futures and Athena Bitcoin are the initial sponsors of the new site. “Murphy & McGonigle is thrilled to be a sponsor of the CryptoMarketsWiki,” said partner Joseph Lombard of the firm’s FinTech & Blockchain Practice. “We are longtime admirers of JLN’s ability to bring clarity to the complexities of trading and markets, and we look forward to the good work that…

Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – May 30, 2018 Standard

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‘Layer 2’ Blockchain Tech Is an Even Bigger Deal Than You Think Michael J Casey – Coindesk Welcome to the “Layer 2” era. We are now entering an exciting new phase of blockchain development in which the lightning network and other programming solutions that operate “on top” of existing blockchains promise big strides in scalability, interoperability and functionality. There is still much work to be done. The early tech is buggy, and new security and trust solutions must be figured out when much of the computing activity in individual transactions or smart contracts is taken “off chain.” http://bit.ly/2kAKoDZ Bitcoin is…

Sincere Flattery and Competition Standard

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” wrote English cleric and writer Charles Caleb Colton. The NYSE and Nasdaq have flattered each other plenty over the years as they competed globally in the exchange and OTC market space. It often seemed there was not a move NYSE made that Nasdaq did not try to match or top, and vice versa. The imitation here is not that NYSE matched Nasdaq by naming a woman, Stacey Cunningham, as head of the exchange to counter Nasdaq’s Adena Friedman. Rather, both exchanges chose the best qualified candidates for the role of president or CEO….

Fighting for Futures; Brain Tumor Awareness Month Standard

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month and the futures industry is teaming up to fight for one of their own and children with brain tumors. https://team.curethekids.org/fightingforfutures2018 Meet Beckett.  Beckett is the son of Matthew and Millie Ryba.  Becket is like  most 7 year-olds except he has been battling a brain tumor since 2011.  Millie works for the CME Group and Matthew used to work in banking  until he left to stay at home full time to care for Beckett.  Beckett is one of 28,000 children in the U.S. currently fighting a brain tumor.  That’s 13…

Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – May 16, 2018 Standard

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  Notes from Consensus 2018 – Day 2 By Chuck Mackie – JLN As expected, Day 2 of Coindesk’s Consensus conference lacked some of the energy and fireworks of the first day but it did manage to defy what seems to be a law of nature: fewer people in attendance at the second day of an industry event when compared to the first. In this case, Coindesk announced that total registration ticked up to over 8,500 and it was definitely harder to fight the lines for lunch on the second day compared to the first. Somehow I survived. Beyond that,…

Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – May 15, 2018 Standard

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Notes from Day One at Consensus By Chuck Mackie – JLN If you had any doubts about the swelling surge of interest in cryptoassets, you only had to try and check in to [[https://www.coindesk.com/|Coindesk’s]] [[https://www.coindesk.com/events/consensus-2018/|Consensus conference]] in midtown Manhattan around mid-morning on Monday. The line snaked its way back and forth through the 2nd floor lobby, down the escalator and out of the front door of the hotel, and it took up to two-and-a-half hours for the reported 7,700 attendees to check in for the event. Consensus began four years ago with 500 true believers in attendance, grew to 1,500…

Notes from Day One at Consensus Standard

If you had any doubts about the swelling surge of interest in cryptoassets, you only had to try and check in to Coindesk’s Consensus conference in midtown Manhattan around mid-morning on Monday. The line snaked its way back and forth through the 2nd floor lobby, down the escalator and out of the front door of the hotel, and it took up to two-and-a-half hours for the reported 7,700 attendees to check in for the event. Consensus began four years ago with 500 true believers in attendance, grew to 1,500 in 2016, reached 2,800 last year, and was up 275 percent…

Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – May 11, 2018 Standard

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Cryptocurrency Exchange Upbit Raided by Korean Authorities Shinhye Kang and Heejin Kim – Bloomberg South Korean prosecutors raided the offices of Upbit, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges. Authorities searched the exchange’s offices on Thursday and Friday, according to an official from the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors’ Office, who asked not to be identified citing office policy. She declined to provide further details of the raid, which was first reported by the Korea Economic Daily. https://jlne.ws/2wxuItJ Cryptocurrency Trading Platform Launches First Regulated Ethereum Futures Michael del Castillo – Forbes So, you think Ethereum is a crock? Later today you’ll…