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Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – May 17, 2018 Standard

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SEC Tries to Scam ICO Investors to Show Them How Easy It Is Matt Robinson – Bloomberg Agency sets up a fake ICO to warn investors about the risks; Regulator has repeatedly warned investors of fraud in ICOs A hot new initial coin offering gives investors the chance of a lifetime to make money from sun-soaked beaches and crystal-clear waters. It also provides something even more valuable: advice on how to avoid getting ripped off by fraudulent ICOs. /jlne.ws/2InVoCL Devvio Blockchain First to Surpass Millions of Transactions per Second The Merkle Devvio, a pioneer in blockchain protocols (https://devv.io), today announced…

Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – May 16, 2018 Standard

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  Notes from Consensus 2018 – Day 2 By Chuck Mackie – JLN As expected, Day 2 of Coindesk’s Consensus conference lacked some of the energy and fireworks of the first day but it did manage to defy what seems to be a law of nature: fewer people in attendance at the second day of an industry event when compared to the first. In this case, Coindesk announced that total registration ticked up to over 8,500 and it was definitely harder to fight the lines for lunch on the second day compared to the first. Somehow I survived. Beyond that,…

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…

CME Adds to Interest Rate Arsenal with Eris Licensing Deal Standard

The CME Group just moved even closer to its goal of becoming a one-stop shop for all things related to interest rates. CME and Eris Exchange entered into an exclusive licensing agreement Thursday allowing CME to list Eris’s USD Interest Rate Swap Futures. Eris still retains the intellectual property underlying the contract. “This news for us is a really big deal for the adoption of the Eris product globally,” said Eris Exchange CEO Neal Brady. “It just clears away a whole host of obstacles in people further adopting the product.”   But more than just removing obstacles for Eris, the…

Potential CME-NEX Deal Is Full of History, Dilemma, Risk and Reward Standard

For many years, the Chicago Board of Trade had cash treasuries envy, wanting to add the trading of cash treasury bonds and notes to its offerings. For many years, the CME has had cash currency trading envy. Both exchanges, now part of the CME Group, have tried to compete in cash Treasury and FX through various collaborations and initiatives. None of them succeeded. Chicago Board Brokerage and FXMarketSpace are long gone, but the desire to add treasuries and cash FX trading has never disappeared. Now, if CME Group’s confirmed interest in NEX Group becomes a deal, it can add both…

Don’t Blink, The Markets Are Changing Right In Front of Your Eyes Standard

Eighteen Years Later, Another Inflection Point Eighteen years after the start of this newsletter, the markets and its participants face new challenges that make reading JLN today even more important, relevant and necessary to keep abreast of the latest disruptive challenges. Today we find ourselves at an inflection point in the markets, with a new generation of digital natives discovering whole new opportunities in the markets, billions of dollars pouring into potentially disintermediating fintech and intense global interest in all things fintech and crypto. Back in 2000, when this newsletter was first published, the markets were facing the move from…

As SEC Subpoenas to Tech Companies in Digital Tokens Market Increase, What Issuers Need to Know Standard

  The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) reportedly has revved up its focus and issued a significant number of subpoenas targeting technology companies in the digital token space, following on earlier pronouncements from the agency that it would expand its focus on ICOs and cryptocurrencies. The subpoena process is one of the primary weapons in the SEC’s enforcement arsenal, and ICO issuers will need to understand what they can expect over the next few weeks.  What is a subpoena? A subpoena is a formal request from the SEC staff for documents or testimony, which can be enforced with a court…

Call the Guinness Book – Trading Records at CME Continue Standard

In 2018, 40% of Eurodollar options trading, 84% of Treasury options trading on the screen  The hit parade continues over at CME Group. Its markets didn’t need a volatility spike to continue their volume and open interest trends, but CME got one anyway and benefitted, especially in the interest rate options complex. The exchange group already had record electronic daily activity in its interest rate options in January. On February 6, as market participants were still trying to wrap their heads around inflation concerns and a market selloff, CME Group saw 2.96 million interest rate options trade on Globex. The…

Blockbuster – CME looks to increase back month activity in ag futures Standard

Twenty years ago, block trading of agricultural commodity futures never would have seen the light of day. There was no way the locals in the pit would have let block trades in corn or wheat or any of the other ag products happen. They would have demanded a piece of the action. Markets sure don’t look like they did two decades ago, though, and on Monday, block trades – large, privately negotiated trades executed off the floor or electronic market but cleared by the exchange – were executed in hogs, Black Sea wheat and urea fertilizer. Tuesday saw some corn…