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Views On Low Vol; Lightspeed Merging Business With Lime Brokerage Standard

Observations & Insight U.S. Government Nears Shutdown With GOP Stopgap Bill at the Brink Bloomberg Temporary government funding runs out at midnight Friday and the House and Senate are seeking an agreement on a temporary extension. Democrats are demanding that spending legislation include a provision permanently shielding about 690,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, while Republicans want to keep that issue separate from funding and budget negotiations. /goo.gl/hSFdNM ****SD: Constant updates on the situation provided on the page. For the big picture, TD’s JJ Kinahan in Forbes – Will the Government Shut Down or Won’t…

SEC Pours Cold Water on Prospect of Bitcoin ETFs; Rolling back regulations often comes before a financial meltdown; Bond Markets’ Last Line of Resistance Faces Digital Encroachment Standard

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff I will be in Washington, DC on Monday and Tuesday for the Technology Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday at the CFTC. ~JJL IMC was in the builtinchicago list of “The 10 coolest Chicago tech offices we saw in 2017”. ~JJL This, from https://goo.gl/xGjaTW|today’s New York Times piece, “‘Every time you transfer a cryptocurrency, you might trigger a gain and pay a tax,’ said Selva Ozelli, a tax lawyer and accountant.” ~JK There’s a new report out from WalletHub regarding 2018’s [U.S.] Cities with the Highest and Lowest Credit-Card Debts. Chicago comes in the…

S&P 500 Rallies With the VIX; Credit Suisse Predicts Volatility Range; Arcane Oil Options Indicator Standard

Observations & Insight You Can’t Rain On Our Parade: Cboe’s Big 2017 Includes Bitcoin Futures. Can It Overcome Regulatory, Margin and Volatility Headwinds? Jim Kharouf – John Lothian News To hear Cboe Global Markets Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly tell it, his exchange group is firing on all cylinders and adding new ones to the engine. The exchange boasts the top US equity options market and has a lock on volatility products with the VIX futures and options and related exchange traded products. Cboe now has the top pan-European equity market and the second ranked US stock market, as well…

Cboe approval shakes up stock market’s closing auction; Euronext Acquires InsiderLog; Goldman Is Worth Less Than Morgan Stanley for the First Time in a Decade Standard

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff OCC total cleared volume topped 30.3 million contracts on January 16, the first time since January 2016. Total cleared futures volume at OCC was the fourth highest ever, at 1.1 million contracts.-via Twitter~SD Peter Lenardos, who served as a managing director at RBC Capital Markets for the past seven years, left the company last week. The well-known analyst, who covers exchanges and other publicly traded firms in the financial services area, will be pursuing other opportunities. His deputy, Elliott Broadbent, is believed to have left as well.~JK Cboe did have record volume Tuesday…

Third Barclays FX Trader Faces Charges in Scandal; Cboe update; Prop consolidation Standard

Observations & Insight You Can’t Rain On Our Parade: Cboe’s Big 2017 Includes Bitcoin Futures. Can It Overcome Regulatory, Margin and Volatility Headwinds? Jim Kharouf – John Lothian News To hear Cboe Global Markets Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly tell it, his exchange group is firing on all cylinders and adding new ones to the engine. The exchange boasts the top US equity options market and has a lock on volatility products with the VIX futures and options and related exchange traded products. Cboe now has the top pan-European equity market and the second ranked US stock market, as well…

Hudson River to acquire Sun Trading as HFT continues to contract; What Could Kill the Bitcoin Boom; BitConnect Closes Exchange as States Warn of Unregulated Sales Standard

First Read You Can’t Rain On Our Parade: Cboe’s Big 2017 Includes Bitcoin Futures. Can It Overcome Regulatory, Margin and Volatility Headwinds? Jim Kharouf – John Lothian News To hear Cboe Global Markets Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly tell it, his exchange group is firing on all cylinders and adding new ones to the engine. The exchange boasts the top US equity options market and has a lock on volatility products with the VIX futures and options and related exchange traded products. Cboe now has the top pan-European equity market and the second ranked US stock market, as well as…

Cryptocurrency Prices Crumble; Traders Pay Through the Nose to Bet the S&P 500 Will Snap Higher; Dow Industrials Cross 26000 for First Time as Earnings Season Ramps Up Standard

Lead Stories Cryptocurrency Prices Crumble; Bitcoin, Ethereum Post Large Losses Nasdaq Cryptocurrency Market under Heavy Selling Pressure “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who has been swimming naked,” stock market guru Warren Buffett once observed and it looks like the cryptocurrency tide has definitely receded in the last 24 hours with the market showing double digit percentage losses right across the board. The sell-off started in Asia and accelerated when European traders entered the fray, as talk continued to circulate that South Korea was preparing a cryptocurrency ban. Bitcoin and Ethereum prices fell sharply last week after…

Filings reveal DRW’s climb into top rank of trading firms; BlackRock’s Message: Contribute to Society, or Risk Losing Our Support; Euromoney’s RISI unit raided by EU antitrust authorities Standard

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The CBOE is holding its press lunch today in Chicago. It is the Chicago financial press’s opportunity to ask tough questions to the CBOE management team. My money’s on the first question being about bitcoin.~JJL A few names mentioned in Bloomberg’s Bitcoin Frenzy Helps Crypto Hedge Funds Reap 1,100% Gains include: Lee Robinson, who co-founded the Altana Digital Currency Fund along with Alistair Milne; Cedric Jeanson of BitSpread Group; Manuel Anguita of Silver 8 Partners; and Daniel Masters, co-founder of Global Advisors Bitcoin Investment Fund. As always, can they keep it going?~JK Hong…

Kraken Bitcoin Exchange Reopens After Two Anxious Days; Scores injured as Indonesia stock exchange building lobby floor collapses; One corner of the stock market sees even crazier trading than bitcoin Standard

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Welcome to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States, a holiday honoring the life of the slain civil rights leader, minister and peace-maker. ~JJL The most recent article found on a Google search for black executives on Wall Street was a Bloomberg story from July 27, 2017 that said the percentage of senior black executives and managers fell over the past five years. Black executives at JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs accounted for no more than 2.6 percent of top positions at the three banks. ~JK From Business Insider’s piece…