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The John Lothian Newsletter provides news and commentary about the global exchange traded derivatives, securities, environmental and related OTC markets. The daily email intelligence briefing and companion blog are edited by and .

The Fed Unwinds; BTS Launches BTS Spark Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The Giving Tree This is a different type of giving tree, so hang with me. There are a number of announcements to be made today. If you had not seen the information about the visitation for Les Rosenthal, here it is: Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd. Skokie IL 60077, today, September 19, between 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice. There are a number of charities listed. In recent days prior to the sad news, JLN…

Global debt understated by $13 trillion – BIS; Exchanges concerned about CAT hacking risk Standard

First Read Hits & Takes Leslie Rosenthal, former CBOT Chairman and co-founder of RCG, has passed away. Details are below. Our condolences to the family, friends and associates of this great man on his passing. ~JJL If you would care to share a reflection on Les Rosenthal’s life and contributions to the futures industry, please email me at mailto:johnlothian@johnlothian.com.~JJL Reflections on the life of Robert Wilmouth can be found HERE. We still welcome contributions of reflections for Mr. Wilmouth as well.~JJL Over the last three weeks, the September-December E-mini Russell 2000 calendar spread traded 1 million times. Current open interest…

CME Group to Exit OTC Credit Clearing Business; Robots Are No Match for the Human Bond Trader Standard

First Read Robert K. Wilmouth Passes Away; Remembered as Respected Industry Leader and Colleague By John J. Lothian Robert K. Wilmouth, the founding National Futures Association president and CEO, passed away yesterday, the NFA said. Wilmouth served as head of the newly formed NFA from 1982 to 2003. He was succeeded by Dan Roth, who recently retired from the role and was replaced by Tom Sexton Wilmouth also served as the president of the Chicago Board of Trade for about five years. He was brought in by then exchange chairman William D. Hagerty, Jr. Wilmouth’s futures industry career was preceded…

Deutsche Borse agrees to pay EUR10.5m over CEO insider trading probe Standard

First Read Hits & Takes Students who want to learn about the financial services field are invited to join us at our October 16th MarketsWiki Education Intern Recruiting Event Chicago, where financial services professionals will deliver informative presentations about careers, trends and opportunities in our global markets. This event also includes a new job fair for student internships in 2018. ~JB Overall precious metals volumes at CME Group are up 49 percent through August over last year.~JK BlockexMarketsMarkets, a “digital asset creation, issuance and trading platform,” is open for trading.~JK ++++ Intercontinental Exchange Announces Volume Record in MSCI Index Futures…

Jamie Dimon Slams Bitcoin as a ‘Fraud’; Barchart Launches High-Performance Cryptocurrency Feed Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff To assist the Tampa community during this time of need, DTCC is donating $5,000 to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, which has established The Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund in partnership with several local organizations, and an additional $5,000 to the American Red Cross. They also continue to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which now stands at nearly $40,000 thanks to the generosity of their employees, DTCC’s corporate donation of $5,000 and their company match scheme. ~JJL If any NFA Members located in Houston, Florida or…

US companies transformed into 800lb gorilla in bond market; Voice Brokers Beware: New MiFID Rules… Standard

First Read Hits & Takes Markets Media Group is pleased to present its 3rd Annual Markets Choice Awards: Women in Finance event, which will kick off Markets Media Week on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Women in Finance Are Back!. ~JK Chicago Tech Rocks returns September 28, 2017 at the Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark Street. Started in 2016, CTR is unique rock & roll fundraiser. Its sole aim is to DRIVE AWARENESS and RAISE MONEY in support of select non-profit schools and project-based learning programs that are helping prepare a new and diverse generation of technology talent. ~JJL If you…

London Retains Crown Top Financial Center; China to Ban Bitcoin Exchanges, Allow OTC; Miami’s Financial Center Submerges Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff A quieter commemoration of 9/11 is scheduled for today, the WSJ reports.~JJL Rumi Morales has left the CME as head of CME Ventures. Additionally, Sandra Ro left the CME in July. She was head of digitization at the CME Group. Both were speakers at previous MarketsWiki Education events.~JJL Of notable financial hubs mentioned in Z/Yen’s annual Global Financial Centres Index 22 report, Chicago ranked 24th, down 17 spots from 7th last year, behind cities such as: Toronto, Sydney, Beijing, Montreal, Geneva, Vancouver and Osaka.~JK MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity attendee Catherine Orfanos…

ICE to ‘Go West’ with Chicago-to-Tokyo network; Tulip Fever: There’s a Digital Token for That Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Kevin Wolf, formerly of ViableMkts and Eris Exchange, is now U.S. head of FICC at Euronext. ~JJL Jim Gorman, formerly of Modern Market Initiative and BATS, is now director of Media Relations and Internal Communications at Mizuho Americas. ~JJL Xavier Rolet of LSE has written a piece for the FT titled “Europe’s debt bias chokes small business and job creation.” ~JJL Marketing guru David Kelbaugh is the featured speaker today from this summer’s Chicago sessions of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity.~JJL The CME Group’s Emini Russell 2000 futures had volume of 120,559…

CFTC Charges Monex With $290 Million Precious-Metals Fraud; Stanley Fischer has unexpectedly resigned Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Rostin Behnam has been sworn in as a CFTC Commissioner.~JJL Julie Menacho Armstrong is the featured speaker today from our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in Chicago from July.~JJL Sept.13, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Chicago, CFX Markets is hosting – From Financial Advisor to Modern Day Hero – a thought-provoking panel discussion on alternative investing and technology’s evolving role in elevating the financial advisor-client relationship.~JK First, Harvey and energy — now, Irma and OJ. The Florida orange industry employs 45k people and contributes $8.6m to state coffers. Hopefully, the…