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JLN Financials: Who Cares How Fast You Can Sell Debt If Borrowers Can’t Repay It; I.M.F. Says Accord Is Remote in Talks With Greece; Liquidity, Activism and Crime Standard

First Impressions Take One: Data and Fintech Rocking The Free World By Jim Kharouf, John Lothian News Over the past two years, market participants have bemoaned the monetization of data by the largest exchanges. CME raised the ire of the trading community last year with the increased data fees, especially at a time when many in the trading community were hurting from new regulation requirements, more technology investments to meet those demands, and a generally lousy trading environment with not a lot of movement in key markets. And there is the ongoing grumbling of traders that it is they who…

JLN Options: Draghi Put Triggered After Worst Europe Stock Selloff of ’15; Is This the Right Time to Bet on Volatility ETFs?; Option traders ready for vol-ler coaster in China stock markets Standard

Observations & Insight Take One: Data and Fintech Rocking The Free World By Jim Kharouf, John Lothian News Over the past two years, market participants have bemoaned the monetization of data by the largest exchanges. CME raised the ire of the trading community last year with the increased data fees, especially at a time when many in the trading community were hurting from new regulation requirements, more technology investments to meet those demands, and a generally lousy trading environment with not a lot of movement in key markets. And there is the ongoing grumbling of traders that it is they…

JLN Financials: Jamie Dimon Says He’s Unsure If Elizabeth Warren Understands Global Banking System; Bond Investors Are Getting Really Creative When it Comes to Hedging Their Risk; View of Wall Street Still Suffering Despite Economy, Survey Says Standard

First Impressions London Update By John J. Lothian I am headed home from London early due to a medical emergency at home as my wife is in the hospital awaiting surgery for removal of her appendix. It is my time to be the supportive spouse, not the patient. While I was here I enjoyed the conference and seeing my global friends and colleagues from around the industry. I received lots of great feedback and it gave me much to think about. One thing I heard concerned my column about CME executive Kim Taylor and her battle with cancer. There was…

JLN Options: Fresh Evidence for 2015 Volatility Truthers; How traders are looking to profit off of market fear; Russell 2000 Volatility and the Reconstitution Process Standard

Observations & Insight London Update By John J. Lothian I am headed home from London early due to a medical emergency at home as my wife is in the hospital awaiting surgery for removal of her appendix. It is my time to be the supportive spouse, not the patient. While I was here I enjoyed the conference and seeing my global friends and colleagues from around the industry. I received lots of great feedback and it gave me much to think about. One thing I heard concerned my column about CME executive Kim Taylor and her battle with cancer. There…

JLN Financials: Apple Is the New Pimco, and Tim Cook Is the New King of Bonds; ‘This is what a good jobs report looks like’ – payrolls reactions; Bond Traders to Lagarde – You’re Wrong, the Fed Will Hike in 2015 Standard

First Impressions JLN Heads to London JLN Staff Jim Kharouf is off to London today, and John Lothian, Doug Ashburn and intern Colin Ashburn head there on Saturday night. This is gearing up to be a great conference. Much of the industry conversation has moved to Europe, as evidenced by today’s newsletter. Big changes at NLX, an overhaul of all things regulatory as the industry prepares for MiFID II, and the lingering cross-border disputes are but a few of the stories making headlines today and on the docket for IDX We will see if John’s newly partially replaced right shoulder…

JLN Options: Draghi Gets the Volatility He Foresaw as Global Bonds Surge Back; Market Volatility Could Be Exacerbated by Computer Driven Hedge Funds; Call Stupid Buyer in VIX Options [Yesterday] Standard

Observations & Insight JLN Heads to London JLN Staff Jim Kharouf is off to London today, and John Lothian, Doug Ashburn and intern Colin Ashburn head there on Saturday night. This is gearing up to be a great conference. Much of the industry conversation has moved to Europe, as evidenced by today’s newsletter. Big changes at NLX, an overhaul of all things regulatory as the industry prepares for MiFID II, and the lingering cross-border disputes are but a few of the stories making headlines today and on the docket for IDX We will see if John’s newly partially replaced right…

JLN Financials: You Call This a Bond Rout? Wait Until the Real Selling Starts; Behind Bond Market’s Latest Tantrum; EM most at risk from bond market ‘tantrums’ Standard

First Impressions FinTech Chicago Gets Democratic JohnLothianNews.com In case you missed it: Today’s financial technology dialogue is often about a word you don’t usually associate with it – democracy – bringing software, data, reporting, testing and trading to the masses. And it’s not just one size for everyone – its customizable too. At the FinTech Exchange 2015 Chicago event, 13 firm executives spoke during its lightning round. So John Lothian News took the best of two hours of presentations and condensed it into three minutes. Here’s how some of those firms are democratizing and customizing technology for all of us….

JLN Options: Goldman Says Options Traders Too Complacent Before OPEC Meeting; Is the ASX a good guardian of the once-thriving options market?; ICE Trade Vault Europe Approved by ESMA as Trade Repository for FX Derivatives Standard

Lead Stories Goldman Says Options Traders Too Complacent Before OPEC Meeting By Callie Bost – Bloomberg Tranquility reigns in exchange-traded funds tracking oil and its producers. Too much, says Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Decreasing levels of implied volatility on the United States Oil Fund LP and the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund show options speculators see little prospect of turmoil in the commodity even as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meets in Vienna, according to Goldman Sachs derivatives strategists Katherine Fogertey and John Marshall. The lack of concern could backfire with a rush to purchase hedges after OPEC’s decision,…

JLN Financials: Draghi Says Volatility Here to Stay as Global Bond Rout Deepens; Fed Officials Should Pay the Bond Market Less Mind, Jeremy Stein Says; Gross’s Next Short Is China’s Stock Index – But Not Yet Standard

First Impressions Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Jim Kharouf and RJ Roxas have done a terrific job of taking the FinTech Exchange Chicago 2015 video we shot, combining the event’s lightning round of speakers in a new format for John Lothian News. Jim had discovered the Sway multimedia tool from Microsoft and used this to tell the story of this sold out Chicago fintech event organized by Barchart.com. You can see the presentation below. I suggest you click on the link to see the whole layout and design on Sway.com to get the full effect. I love Jim’s…