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Run Gary Run Standard

It has been almost two years since Gary Gensler left the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as perhaps its most talked about, debated and in some circles, despised chairman. To some, his unrelenting drive to pound home rules established by the Dodd-Frank Act was considered a declaration of war against the derivatives industry. To his supporters, his determination was lauded, and he was considered one of the guys who was ready to stand up to Wall Street and LaSalle Street all in the name of Main Street. Now Gensler has grabbed attention this week at the FIA Expo in Chicago. On…

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…