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The Silent Screams of the Bitcoin Shorts Standard

If bitcoin were a standard commodity or securities instrument, headlines would be screaming about how the “shorts” were being squeezed. With bitcoin in a parabolic price rise, some calling it a mania, there are no shorts to scream bloody murder. Many commodities and companies have key constituents who apply political pressure when futures markets are moving so sharply that common sense tells you there is something wrong or unbalanced happening in the market. Sometimes rules are changed or obscure procedures exercised at futures exchanges in order to accommodate an orderly liquidation of positions in cases where the powers that be…

Information and Cyber Security for the Futures Industry; A Perspective by VSEC, LLC Standard

The founders of a information and cyber security advisory firm have written a must read white paper for the futures industry about the business and regulatory challenges of cyber security and how to manage them. VSEC, LLC is an information and cyber security advisory company. Founding partners John Falck and Mike Phillips have many years experience in the derivatives industry, with both of them originally working for O’Connor & Associates through the Swiss Bank and UBS mergers. Business and regulatory requirements for information and cyber security are changing rapidly. In the futures industry, FCMs, prop traders, brokers, CTAs, CPOs and…

Robert K. Wilmouth Passes Away; Remembered as Respected Industry Leader and Colleague Standard

Robert K. Wilmouth, the founding National Futures Association president and CEO, passed away yesterday, the NFA said. Wilmouth served as head of the newly formed NFA from 1982 to 2003. He was succeeded by Dan Roth, who recently retired from the role and was replaced by Tom Sexton. Wilmouth also served as the president of the Chicago Board of Trade for about five years. He was brought to the exchange by then exchange chairman William D. Hagerty, Jr. Wilmouth’s futures industry career was preceded by some 27 years in banking, beginning in 1950 at the first National Bank of Chicago….

Alphabet Soup: The DAO, ETH, ICOs and the SEC Standard

By Jim Falvey Technology usually outpaces the law. It can take months, if not years, for legislators, regulators and courts to gain an understanding of technology and then to apply existing law to the new technology and/or create new laws for the technological developments. In the remarkable world of cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology (often referred to as “Blockchain”), we are seeing both occur. In May 2016, a virtual organization called The DAO, which stands for Decentralized Autonomous Organization, came onto the scene in the Ethereum world. For the uninitiated, the Ethereum Blockchain sponsors the second most significant virtual currency…

Time to Close the Asset Class Ban Loophole Standard

Corzine and his ilk Should be Banned Across All Asset Classes Note: A correction to this story has been posted here. The NFA and FINRA to recognize the bans of other regulators. With the recent news that former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine is attempting to make a comeback at age 70 as a hedge fund manager, it became clear there is a hole in our regulatory system that needs to be fixed. Corzine is banned for life by the CFTC from trading futures, yet he can operate in the securities and FX worlds managing other people’s money. It is…

How Do You Save the Capital Markets? Standard

Kennedy Looks to Lead Market Revamp Kevin Kennedy is my new hero. The senior vice president and head of equity options, on stage at the Options Industry Conference last week, spoke about taking the lead on a new initiative to change the existing financial and regulatory structure for financial markets. And he urged the other exchange executives from the other four major options markets to join him. In today’s political environment, it takes courage for someone to stand up and say they want to fix the financial markets so they stay the envy of world capital markets.  And there is…

MarketsWiki Education 2017 World of Opportunity Series for Stockholm, Chicago and New York Announced Standard

John Lothian News to hold March 1, 2017 Stockholm WOO event on campus of KTH; Chicago events return to Stuart School of Business of Illinois Tech and Trading Technologies and New York to Nasdaq Marketsite; Relaunched MarketsWiki Education website John Lothian News is pleased to announce its dates for this year’s MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series, including a March 1 program in Stockholm on the campus of the Royal Institute of Technology. Events are also planned for New York and Chicago in July, with venues of Nasdaq’s Marketsite in New York and the Stuart School of Business at Illinois…

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

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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…

Next Man Up: Tom Sexton Takes The Reins At National Futures Association With An Eye On Technology and Swaps Regulation Standard

For the markets and market regulators, the industry is all about technology. Tom Sexton, who was named president and CEO of the National Futures Association (NFA) last week , said the organization is focused on upgrading its systems to keep up with the changing market landscape. Sexton, who has been at the NFA since 1991 and will take over for current CEO Dan Roth in March, spoke with John Lothian News about his new role and what’s next for the organization. “Some of our technology is old and some of our systems are 10-plus years or older,” Sexton said. Among…