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CFTC’s Massad Recaps 2016 Standard

Chairman says Reg AT is next big item on the list to finish before yearend. The futures industry’s regulator had several initiatives in 2016 but the top items were tackling the issue of cybersecurity, margin and the upcoming finalization of automated trading rules. On cybersecurity, the CFTC adopted rules for the exchanges, clearing houses, trading platforms and trade repositories that require more testing of platforms and systems to make them more secure. “That’s probably the biggest single threat to financial stability in our markets today,” said Timothy Massad, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, who spoke with John Lothian…

A Tangled Web: Exploring The Explosive U.S. Growth Of Options On Futures Standard

Options on futures volumes have been on the rise since the financial crisis. To explore the reasons for the trend, John Lothian News spoke with a variety of industry participants over the course of the summer.  The cause of the increasing volumes is an amalgam of larger trends in the financial industry, and the effects are a bright spot in an overall dark landscape.   Click here to view the article.         

Kevin Wolf, Eris Exchange – Market Structure Change Presents Commercial Opportunity Standard

“When I worked at Lehman, periodically people would tell me that I looked like Dick Fuld, and I thought that was pretty cool, especially when I was rising up in the ranks. I don’t find that amusing anymore.” The fall of Lehman Brothers ushered in a period of regulatory change, with one of the goals being to trim the use of OTC swaps and instead have more centrally cleared products. Given the huge size of that market – at the end of 2014 there was $400 trillion notional outstanding – this regulatory shift presented an opportunity. That’s where Eris Exchange…

Justin Schack, Rosenblatt Securities – Making Modern Market Structure Standard

“The whole point of Reg NMS was to deal with the 10 years of change that had already happened — that of course made things even more complex. And there are things about Regulation NMS that we’re dealing with today that some people find problematic. But it is not a new thing and it’s just another block in what I like to call the Jenga tower of market structure.” It always pays to have an understanding of history, especially when mass media latches onto a storyline and refuses to let go. In the wake of the financial crisis, one of…

The Voice: Green Key Technologies Is Turning Your Brokerage Voice Into Valuable Data; CEO Christensen Says Voice Brokerage Is Far From Dead, And The Conversations Gleaned Could Be Transformational For Firms Standard

In today’s financial markets, the conversation is most often about electronic trading, high frequency trading, complex orders via algorithms and so forth. Yet, for the $492 trillion global OTC derivatives markets as well as block and listed markets, firms still conduct business over the phone, person-to-person, a practice which is now availing itself to new technology in compelling ways. Paul Christensen, who started as CEO of Green Key Technologies in March, told John Lothian News that phone transactions for certain markets is “a much higher quality way of communicating.” As such, technology firms are seeking ways to harness the value…

John Lothian: U.S. Stock Exchanges to Overhaul Process for Reopening Trading After Halt; Virtu Never Loses (Well, Almost Never); Will LME consolidate or fragment London’s bullion market? Standard

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian This morning we are running the video interview we did with David Lehman of the CME Group about the Live Cattle contract changes the CME is proposing. Pending CFTC approval, the new delivery specs will go into effect later this month. We are also releasing the video from Walt Lukken’s MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity presentation in Chicago from July. He gave not one, but two great mini-presentations – the first half as an introduction to the industry and the current state, and the second half as a few career tips…

John Lothian: Whistleblowers Are Poised to Collect $100 Million; UK government bonds turn negative in historic rally; London Metal Exchange earnings drop as activity declines Standard

First Read MarketsWiki Education Video Update Yesterday we started on Day 2 of our MarketsWiki Education series from Chicago, and we started off with a bang. The usually low-key Jeff Levoff, partner at DRW gave a rousing and thoughtful presentation on the company’s philosophy, the role of proprietary traders and how that is changing. As this was a version of the talk he gives on college campuses across the nation, it was, shall we say, well received. Also, look below the video for a list of the presentations we have published thus far. We have a lot of fantastic presentations…

John Lothian: CFTC Announces Enhancements to Protect Customer Funds; London market to get new gold futures contracts; Bats Europe targets block trades ahead of Mifid II Standard

First Read Yes, Precious Doug Ashburn, JLN Sometimes the best ideas are worth waiting 139 years for. This morning the World Gold Council and the London Metal Exchange, together with a consortium of banks, announced a planned launch of LMEprecious, a new platform for spot, daily and monthly futures, options and calendar spread contracts for gold and silver, with platinum and palladium planned for down the road. This will mark the second attempt at a gold futures contract at the 139-year-old LME. The previous one, London Gold Futures Market, launched in 1982 and never really caught on. It was shuttered…

John Lothian: Trading Tech Accelerates Toward Speed of Light; PwC must face $1 billion MF Global malpractice lawsuit; Bitcoin Exchange to Spread Losses of Hack Standard

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Nick Notorangelo of Riskbone is a hero. He helped save a young man’s life last week after the 27-year old man had been shot in the neck during an apparent drug deal in the Lakeview neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. Here is the story. Nice work Nick! CME Group’s Trading Tech 300 merit badge program offering the law and technology merit badges was a big success. CME Group Chief Intellectual Property Counsel and merit badge instructor Matthew Kelly, and some associates, did a great job with the classes. It was a…