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A New Exchange, a Different Asset Class and a Hearty Dose of Blockchain Standard

Madison Ave gets a new solution for buying and selling digital advertising (Editor’s note: For background on NYIAX and the state of the advertising business, see JLN’s You Look Mahvelous Dahling: “Mad Men” Ready To Walk The Exchange Red Carpet With Nasdaq.) Want to see a proper use case for the ever-buzzworthy blockchain? Look no further than NYIAX, an exchange for guaranteed advertising contracts that runs on Nasdaq’s technology and deploys the blockchain to track trades, positions and, in the end, streamline reconciliation. On October 10, NYIAX’s product went live and the exchange continues to line up publishers and advertisers…

Key points from CFTC Commissioner Quintenz’s fintech address Standard

CFTC Commissioner Brian Quintenz addressed ISDA’s Unlocking Value in Derivatives Markets conference in London yesterday and a few timely remarks were included (as well as some shout-outs to Galileo and Prometheus…). Regarding the crypto elephant in the room Of all the aspects of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), Quintenz brought up the provision that exchanges “may not list a contract that is readily susceptible to manipulation.” Ink has already been spilled on how thin some of the closing cash auctions can be on the crypto exchanges which these prospective bitcoin futures contracts will use in determining the underlying’s price. With…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 29, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories India Restores Faith in Capitalism; Handling bankruptcies right is key to reviving the credibility of India Inc. By Mihir Sharma – Bloomberg According to one of India’s most respected bankers, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — a mammoth sale of distressed assets, some $40 billion in the first round. Much could go wrong, of course, especially given that so many powerful interests have so much money at stake in the process. Fortunately, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which has stumbled in some of its biggest policy moves recently, appears to be handling this particular challenge with both agility and…

Other Voices: An Open Letter on Bitcoin Futures Standard

A lot of ink has been spilled over bitcoin and its variants. Lately, the conversation seems to be focused on whether trading bitcoin futures is a good idea. For what it’s worth, my view is that it isn’t a good idea – it’s a great idea.  Consider the following;  The futures industry exists to facilitate the transfer of risk. What asset (if that is what bitcoin is) could be more in need of risk management tools? Applying rigorous risk management to bitcoin can only help stabilize and legitimize crypto-markets.  Bitcoin and all of its variants can benefit from some supervision….

Jim Kharouf Resigns as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.; Will Continue Work with Company in Freelance Role Standard

Jim Kharouf

Jim Kharouf is stepping down as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. at the end of the year after having assumed the role on January 1, 2017. Kharouf is leaving the company as an employee, but will continue to work with John Lothian News and John Lothian Productions as an independent contributor. He will also be exploring his own bespoke initiatives, including in the Fintech sector. Despite accomplishing much during his tenure at the company and as CEO, Kharouf is departing after philosophical differences with Executive Chairman John Lothian over the direction of the firm and management issues….

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 28, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Banks invited to work on Great Wall’s $2bn Hong Kong float; Asset management company tasked with cleaning up China’s bad debt plans IPO for 2018 Don Weinland in Hong Kong – FT China Great Wall Asset Management has asked banks to pitch for work on a Hong Kong initial public offering that is expected to raise at least $2bn for the company tasked with cleaning up China’s bad debt. https://goo.gl/CkHtMW Behind Abe’s Biggest Reform Win, Old Japan Inc. Culture Lives On By Keiko Ujikane and Takako Taniguchi – Bloomberg Some stock buybacks are linked to companies’ foundations; ‘Isn’t…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian New – November 27, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Time for ‘Asia-first’ thinking as the US and Europe question financial regulations South China Morning Post Andrew Sheng says that Asian economies should take a hint from ‘America first’, plus European doubts over Basel III, and tailor financial regulations to meet regional realities rather than believing that ‘West is best’ https://goo.gl/gzU4mF Brussels rattled as China reaches out to eastern Europe; Concerns Beijing’s closer ties with EU’s poorer nations will influence bloc’s policies James Kynge in London and Michael Peel in Brussels – FT In Hungary it is hailed as the “Eastward Opening”. Serbian authorities see it as the…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 22, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Asian American Executives Are Missing on Wall Street; The group makes up less than 15 percent of upper management at four of the biggest U.S. banks Laura Colby – Bloomberg Asian Americans get hired at a much higher rate than their proportion of the general U.S. population but that doesn’t mean they’re climbing the executive ranks at the same pace. Across corporate America, Asians make up 12 percent of professionals and 5 percent of executives, according to Equal Opportunity Commission data. In finance, four of the biggest U.S. banks have less than 15 percent of their Asian workforce…

Why ISPs Are About To Spoil Your Thanksgiving Dinners: Food For Thought on Net Neutrality Repeal Standard

Yesterday it was announced the F.C.C. plans a net neutrality repeal. This is not a particularly new story. The telecoms have been working towards this for years. But now it seems they are about to achieve their goal and that is not a good thing unless you are a major investor in telecom stocks.   It is a truism that the last thing anyone should talk about over Thanksgiving dinner is politics. We all have that crazy uncle who goes off on some tirade about how Bhutan is ruining the vegetable oil market. That said, this is a topic well…