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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.

Tax Law Change Means All Cash Grain Traders Are Not Equal, Better Bids or No Standard

Grain market players who are not part of farmer-owned cooperatives are alarmed over the potential impact on grain market origination of the recent changes to the U.S. tax code. In what appears to be an unintended consequence of bad tax bill writing, cooperatives have been favored over other market players in the form of a tax benefit to farmers for selling their grain to cooperatives rather than to private grain companies. This change in the way physical grain moves through the system could make it more expensive for consumers, as cooperatives exercise what appears to be newly granted monopoly powers…

A Grateful Scouter with a Big Silvery Beaver-Like Smile Standard

I was informed late last night that I am to be recognized for my contributions to Scouting with a Silver Beaver Award on behalf of Pathway to Adventure Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Beaver Award recognizes “registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.” I am honored to be recognized for my work on behalf of the Scouts, but this award is as much about you, the readers of this newsletter, and my creative and persistent use of the goodwill that you have showered on me for my work here. I…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 21, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories China to Shake Up Global Market With Yuan-Based Oil Futures Contract; Chinese traders, analysts expect start by early 2018 By Georgi Kantchev – WSJ China is preparing to launch its own yuan-based oil futures contract, a move set to shake up the 96 million barrel-per-day global crude market currently dominated by trading in London and New York. https://goo.gl/FMoxQ4 Cameron sold out more than China Bruno Maçães – The Royal Gazette When it was announced earlier this week that former British Prime Minister David Cameron had accepted a leadership role in a new $1 billion UK investment fund intended…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 20, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Is Asia driving the Bitcoin craze? Karishma Vaswani – BBC But this, says Dexter Ng, is the workshop of the future. A self-professed cryptocurrency entrepreneur, he’s the chief technology officer of SG Mining – a business making and selling rigs. These are the powerful computers that solve complex mathematical problems in a process that earns their owners digital currencies such as Bitcoin. https://goo.gl/AaJZKt Smarter weapons needed to fight savvy financial criminals; With money laundering the fourth most common financial crime in Singapore, we need to step up collaboration DIVYA KHANGAROT – TNP Money laundering has existed for as…

Cash and Futures in Bitcoin Are a Different Story Standard

The high margins charged by the CME and Cboe for bitcoin futures, and the additional margins required by the futures commission merchants to trade the products, have turned the normal dynamics of futures trading versus cash trading upside down. With the CME charging 47 percent margins, and some firms charging double margins on bitcoin futures, the cost of trading is nearly 100 percent of the underlying contract value. Normally futures contracts allow traders to control higher notionally valued contracts for much lower margin amounts. Margins of 3 percent to 10 percent are the norm, depending on the commodity or instrument…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 19, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories South Korean cryptocurrency exchange to file for bankruptcy after hacking Reuters Staff A South Korean cryptocurrency exchange said on Tuesday it is shutting down and is filing for bankruptcy after it was hacked for the second time this year, highlighting concerns about security as trade in bitcoin and other virtual currencies boom. https://goo.gl/mmcpy4 China issues new code of conduct to tame overseas investors; New guidelines set out 36 dos and don’ts to bring order to booming sector Frank Tang – South China Morning Post Beijing has imposed a 36-point code of conduct for the country’s private enterprises to…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 18, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Hong Kong Listings Rule Changes Set to Transform Market, Li Says By Benjamin Robertson and Rishaad Salamat – Bloomberg HKEX on Friday proposed allowing dual-class share companies; Profitability requirement for biotech companies also dropped Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd.’s proposal to change which companies are eligible to list in the city will boost the pipeline of initial public offerings, according to Chief Executive Officer Charles Li. https://goo.gl/LHtGVH Trump to label China as a strategic ‘competitor’; Beijing accused of pursuing policies of economic aggression to weaken US Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington – FT President Donald Trump will describe…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 15, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories The $145 Trillion Future of Investing Is Heading to Asia;; Surging wealth throughout the developing world will reshape asset management. By Nico Grant – Bloomberg Chinese assets under management to rise at break-neck pace; This story is part of a series on the future of investing Every other day, a new billionaire is minted in Asia. That growing wealth has sparked a shift in the world of investing, as ascendant emerging markets outpace the long-dominant U.S. and Europe. https://goo.gl/cDFPDe HKEX moves closer to accepting dual share classes; Exchange’s rethink prompted by losing out on Alibaba’s IPO to the…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 13, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Deutsche Bank Says ‘Mrs. Watanabe’ Behind the Surge in Bitcoin By Julie Verhage – Bloomberg Japanese retail investors seen shifting from currency trading; Men actually hold the majority of Japanese trading accounts That term is often used to describe the individual Japanese investor, traditionally a housewife who runs her family’s finances. And that’s who behind the surge in bitcoin, according to a Deutsche Bank AG note Thursday. https://goo.gl/6AgXNz All Chinese Oil Traders Want for Christmas Is a Futures Contract Bloomberg News Speculation growing that domestic contract will be listed soon; Chinese commodities trading has slowed this year, data…