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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…

Notes from The Trading Show Chicago 2018 Standard

Terrapinn’s Trading Show has established itself as a sure sign of spring in Chicago, and while the past few years have found the event swinging heavily to a focus on the technology side of trading, including chips, servers, databases and connectivity, the 2018 edition of the show had a strong leaning towards…you guessed it: cryptocurrencies. Everywhere you go in financial markets in 2018, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are sure to be there. The exhibitors at the conference still skewed to the hard technology side (let’s face it, all of trading is touched by technology at this point) but the open…

Chicago Venture Capital Firms Are Funding Fintech Standard

Chicago may not be doing as well as some other cities in certain areas, but it is leading the charge in technological innovation in the financial world and in the crypto world. Several Chicago-based venture capital companies took part in a panel on financial innovation moderated by Chuck Mackie, consultant at Maven Wave Partners and contributing editor to John Lothian News, at The Trading Show Chicago on Thursday. DRW works with companies on development in the later stages. Its Digital Asset Holdings venture, headed by Blythe Masters, is building a database to speed up trading, clearing and settlement using blockchain…

FIA Comes to Chicago to Talk Retail Derivatives Standard

The FIA is coming to Chicago for an event focused on the retail listed derivatives market. The event features a keynote address by CFTC Chief Market Intelligence Officer Andrew Busch and panels led by the Most Interesting Man in the World, CQG’s Pat Kenny and JLN’s Contributing Global Markets Editor Jim Kharouf. The event is on Monday, May 14 and free to FIA members. Non-members can attend the event at the Union League Club for $75. FIA CEO and President Walt Lukken will open the event, which is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:30 p.m., with…

CQG Creates a Chief of Staff Position; Names Alli Brennan to Role Standard

CQG has created a new position to help execute their strategic business plan. The position is chief of staff, and for that position they selected Alli Brennan. She started in that role on May 1. Brennan’s rise at CQG is a product of her strong leadership skills, industry understanding and a knack for integrating data into the decision making process. She is not a seat of the pants manager, but a data driven change agent who understands the markets and the industry. “Alli will be responsible for the execution for our strategic business initiatives and to help align everyone around…

CFTC Division of Enforcement Trends Standard

This piece was co-authored by Elizabeth Lan Davis, a former chief trial attorney at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), who joined Murphy & McGonigle a few weeks ago, and another lawyer at the Firm, Brian Walsh. On November 22, 2017, the Division of Enforcement (“Division”) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) released its annual enforcement results, announcing that it had filed 49 enforcement actions for Fiscal Year 2017.  Despite the unexpected decrease to the CFTC’s budget, the agency’s enforcement program is on pace to markedly improve upon the number of filings made during Fiscal Year 2017. Since announcing…

Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – May 8, 2018 Standard

Bitcoin Sees Wall Street Warm to Trading Virtual Currency Nathaniel Popper – WSJ Some of the biggest names on Wall Street are warming up to Bitcoin, a virtual currency that for nearly a decade has been consigned to the unregulated fringes of the financial world. https://jlne.ws/2HZoKr5 Buffett and Gates Are the Latest Bitcoin Critics, Halting $10,000 Push Camila Russo and Katherine Chiglinsky – Bloomberg Surprise! Bitcoin is getting no love from two of the world’s wealthiest men. https://jlne.ws/2HYt4qH Dancing Badgers Draw More Attention Than SEC at Ethereum Meeting Camila Russo – Bloomberg In the crypto world, all eyes are on…

Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – May 7, 2018 Standard

Ripple Hit With Class-Action Suit Over ‘Never Ending ICO’ Lily Katz – Bloomberg Plaintiff alleges Ripple sold unregistered securities; Startup created XRP tokens ‘out of thin air,’ complaint says Ripple Labs Inc., the fintech startup that controls the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency, was hit by a lawsuit alleging that it led a scheme to raise hundreds of millions of dollars through unregistered sales of its XRP tokens. https://jlne.ws/2jCnRpE Will the Real Bitcoin Please Stand Up? Jen Wieczner – Fortune The great Bitcoin fork of 2017—when the original blockchain split last August to create Bitcoin Cash—appears to have ended pleasantly, at least…