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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…

Bitcoin and Blockchain: A WILD Opportunity Standard

Bitcoin is not at the dizzying high it was back in December, but interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain is still strong. The world of crypto and distributed ledger technology keeps expanding, with CME and Cboe now trading bitcoin futures, companies getting into initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency meetups forming, and the list of cryptocurrencies getting longer every week. Women In Listed Derivatives (WILD) and Morgan Lewis jointly hosted a panel on the future of blockchain and cryptocurrencies Tuesday evening to a packed house. The main takeaway on cryptocurrency from the panel was that, although crypto is a new and very speculative…

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…

Don’t Get the Munchees! A Lesson from the SEC Standard

The Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) has made good on its promise to pursue companies that engage in what it views as unregulated offerings of securities by way of initial coin offerings or “ICOs.” Specifically, the Commission recently pursued a company called “Munchee” that created an iPhone application for people to review restaurant meals. To fund the creation of its app, Munchee began an ICO seeking to raise $15 million and, in return, issue its token known as a “MUN.”  The company issued a white paper in connection with its ICO. In that document, Munchee indicated that…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 21, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories China to Shake Up Global Market With Yuan-Based Oil Futures Contract; Chinese traders, analysts expect start by early 2018 By Georgi Kantchev – WSJ China is preparing to launch its own yuan-based oil futures contract, a move set to shake up the 96 million barrel-per-day global crude market currently dominated by trading in London and New York. https://goo.gl/FMoxQ4 Cameron sold out more than China Bruno Maçães – The Royal Gazette When it was announced earlier this week that former British Prime Minister David Cameron had accepted a leadership role in a new $1 billion UK investment fund intended…

Seed CX Swaps Hemp For Cryptocurrencies Standard

Bittrex takes majority stake in Chicago fintech firm Seed CX. Bitcoin hit the derivatives mainstream, but what about its other crypto cohorts?   On Tuesday, it was announced that Bittrex, a U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange handling some $3 billion notional of transactions daily, took a majority stake in two-year-old Chicago fintech startup Seed CX for an undisclosed amount. Seed CX was originally launched with plans to trade industrial hemp derivatives on its CFTC-approved swap execution facility (SEF).   Now, Seed will apply its technology to spot and derivative crypto trading alongside corresponding settlement services for an institutional crowd. Notably, by using…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 20, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories Is Asia driving the Bitcoin craze? Karishma Vaswani – BBC But this, says Dexter Ng, is the workshop of the future. A self-professed cryptocurrency entrepreneur, he’s the chief technology officer of SG Mining – a business making and selling rigs. These are the powerful computers that solve complex mathematical problems in a process that earns their owners digital currencies such as Bitcoin. https://goo.gl/AaJZKt Smarter weapons needed to fight savvy financial criminals; With money laundering the fourth most common financial crime in Singapore, we need to step up collaboration DIVYA KHANGAROT – TNP Money laundering has existed for as…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 19, 2017 Standard

Lead Stories South Korean cryptocurrency exchange to file for bankruptcy after hacking Reuters Staff A South Korean cryptocurrency exchange said on Tuesday it is shutting down and is filing for bankruptcy after it was hacked for the second time this year, highlighting concerns about security as trade in bitcoin and other virtual currencies boom. https://goo.gl/mmcpy4 China issues new code of conduct to tame overseas investors; New guidelines set out 36 dos and don’ts to bring order to booming sector Frank Tang – South China Morning Post Beijing has imposed a 36-point code of conduct for the country’s private enterprises to…