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Whoah, That was Fast; Cryptocurrencies Move a Step Closer to the Mainstream Standard

Observations & Insight VIX Bits Spencer Doar – JLN On the 30th anniversary of the ’87 market crash last week, Cboe, in collaboration with ProShares, hosted a panel discussion “Current Dynamics of the VIX Market.” There was a lot to glean – from the applications of VIX ETPs to unique characteristics of VIX futures to general perceptions of volatility. Dominic Salvino, Group One’s VIX options specialist, had one of the best analogies for the current low levels of VIX, comparing it to high February temperatures in Chicago. On February 18, the thermometer reached 70 degrees Fahrenheit, only the fourth time…

DRW leads high frequency trading charge into cryptocurrencies; EEX and CBEEX partner for carbon market development in China Standard

First Read Hits & Takes The European Energy Exchange is quietly turning into a global commodities market. Just months after buying the Nodal Exchange, the US power market, it signed a memorandum of understanding with the China Beijing Environment Exchange (CBEEX). MOUs are generally not much to talk about and this one may fall into the file with most of the others. But in the off chance it becomes a partnership, it could open the European and Chinese carbon markets to one another – creating a massive opportunity for traders looking for a burgeoning market to trade. China’s president Xi…

Exceed targets Cboe in trade secrets case; New options broker Matrix eyes China; Risk Alchemy Standard

Lead Stories Exceed Investments targets Cboe Options Exchange in trade secrets case Maria Nikolova – FinanceFeeds Exceed accuses Cboe Options Exchange of Fraudulent Inducement, Promissory Estoppel, Breach of Contract, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets, and violations of the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act. bit.ly/2yCxEV3 Derivatives broker Matrix eyes China’s options market Jack Ball – Global Investor Group Matrix in talks with ‘three or four’ Chinese exchanges for options listing – CEO New derivatives broker Matrix is targeting China’s nascent options market, one month after US electronic broker ITG took a minority share in the project. Speaking to FOW, chief executive officer…

SEC Approves Chicago Stock Exchange’s ‘Speed Bump’ for Trading; Trading Firms Fear Mutiny on MiFID Passport Data Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN ICE has made the inaugural Fortune Future 50 list, their ranking of companies best positioned for breakout growth.~JJL The FIA Expo panel on the geography of fintech was a draw regarding which city is best – London, Frankfurt/Berlin, Chicago, Boston or New York. But noted places of envy were the fintech sandboxes in Ontario and London.~JK Quote of the day comes from Kyle Zasky, partner at the investment bank SennaHill Partners, who said large banking institutions are at risk of being disrupted by fintech start-ups if they do not embrace and invest in…

Greed, for Lack of a Better Word, Is Taking a Big Hit Today; Federal Reserve’s Moves May Ignite Volatility Standard

Lead Stories Greed, for Lack of a Better Word, Is Taking a Big Hit Today Cormac Mullen – Bloomberg One of the best performing trades this year reversed course Thursday as stocks fell and volatility bounced back. The VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term exchange-traded note, ticker XIV, which lets investors bet on continued low volatility, fell as much as 4.5 percent Thursday, after closing at a record high the day before. jlne.ws/2xQUhkW Federal Reserve’s Moves May Ignite Volatility Wall Street Craves Goldman Sachs (GS) Predicts Bradley Keoun – TheStreet U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweets haven’t done it. North Korean leader…

LSE CEO to step down by end of 2018; SEC Names J.P. Morgan Executive as Top Regulator of Exchanges Standard

First Read Derivatives Industry Joins Forces to Launch Futuresfundamentals.org Education Resource CME Group Today at FIA Expo, the largest gathering of futures market participants in the world, futuresfundamentals.org was launched to provide information and curriculum for learners of all levels to understand the role that derivatives markets play in the global economy and our everyday lives. /goo.gl/SAjgAm ***** This is big news for the industry and holds great potential to help it tell its story to new potential customers and professionals. It could be a great growth driver for the years to come if done well.~JJL ++++ Hits & Takes…

Derivatives Industry Joins Forces to Launch Futuresfundamentals.org Education Resource Standard

Lead Stories Derivatives Industry Joins Forces to Launch Futuresfundamentals.org Education Resource CME Grouop Today at FIA Expo, the largest gathering of futures market participants in the world, futuresfundamentals.org was launched to provide information and curriculum for learners of all levels to understand the role that derivatives markets play in the global economy and our everyday lives. With initial support from the FIA, CME Group, NFA, the Institute for Financial Markets (IFM) and CME Group Foundation, futuresfundamentals.org will be a leading online resource for derivatives education, providing interactive tools, a trading simulator and curriculum for a wide variety of audiences. jlne.ws/2yx2I8A…

SEC to give MiFID reprieve; Big exchanges ask SEC to hold off on fee cap plan; Capital rules and clearing risks Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff FIA EXPO is opening in Chicago today after some opening parties last night. We look forward to a great week of conducting interviews in the Cinnober booth on the EXPO exhibit hall, attending the sessions and seeing too many readers and industry friends to be counted. Feel free to stop us and say hello if you see any of the JLN team.~JJL One year ago the Dow sat at 18,086. Yesterday, the index touched the 23,000 mark for the first time. Give it another 13,000 points and Kevin Hassett and James Glassman…

The World’s Largest Oil Hedge Is Complete; Cboe says bye bye to Bats brand Standard

Observations & Insight Deep Dive With JLN: How Can The Financial Industry Draw In The Next Generation Of Talent? JohnLothianNews.com John Lothian News’ CEO Jim Kharouf sat down with Brian Mehta, chief marketing officer at Trading Technologies, and Doug Monieson, partner at Hyde Park Angels, to talk about what will attract the next generation of traders and professionals into this space. From college outreach programs like TT CampusConnect to a variety of new education, training, competitions and platforms that open the world to new traders with new ideas, both see the financial markets as having much to offer. “Getting companies…