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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 .

Bond Investors Are Worried About Bond Market Liquidity; Saudi Arabia signs major markets upgrade with Nasdaq Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The “Putting on my broker hat about bitcoin” commentary by John Lothian had 1778 views on LinkedIn since it was published Friday. ~JJL The @JohnLothian twitter handle had 46,664 organic impressions on Friday. ~JJL The story by John Lothian, “FANG+ Puts the UMPH Back into the Markets and Exchange Competition” had 16,605 impressions on Twitter so far and is @JohnLothian’s top tweet of the last month. ~JJL CME Group is offering a webinar on “The ABC’s of Spread Trading with Futures” on Tuesday, December 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT….

CFTC Opens Way to Bitcoin Futures; More Bitcoin; Brexit May Leave Banks on the Hook for Impossible Contracts Standard

First Read Putting on My Broker Hat About Bitcoin By John J. Lothian, JLN Everyone is asking about bitcoin. A journalist called and asked to interview me. A magazine called and asked me to write something. A brokerage firm chief risk manager called to ask me my opinion about bitcoin and bitcoin futures. Two weeks ago, a former employer I have not seen in 10 years called me out in Coindesk.com for my bitcoin qualms. At the dinner table my son Robby opened up about owning not just bitcoin, but bitcoin cash, ether and monero. This is a full-fledged mania….

Nasdaq Plans To Launch Bitcoin Futures; Irish Stock Exchange sold to Euronext; Bitcoin roller coaster Standard

First Read Hits & Takes In a presentation for Risk Management Monitor, John Fennell, OCC’s executive vice president and chief risk officer, discusses how a risk culture audit can help companies identify challenges in corporate behavior and helps them reorient how they think about today’s increasingly complex risk landscape. You can read the article here.~SR Whether you think the crypto space is a bit-con or legitimate, it was disconcerting to see this article on Bitcoin.com yesterday – How to Buy Bitcoin When You’re Underage.~SD Yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter can be found here.~SD Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News…

LSE’s Rolet quits; Regulators look to shine more light on Treasury market; City closes ranks over Rolet Standard

First Read Jim Kharouf Resigns as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.; Will Continue Work with Company in Freelance Role Jim Kharouf is stepping down as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. at the end of the year after having assumed the role on January 1, 2017. Kharouf is leaving the company as an employee, but will continue to work with John Lothian News and John Lothian Productions as an independent contributor. He will also be exploring his own bespoke initiatives, including in the Fintech sector. Despite accomplishing much during his tenure at the company and…

Bitcoin’s Trading Star is DRW’s Cumberland Mining; Itiviti and ULLINK announce tie-up; BoE chief on LSE row Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff DRW’s cryptocurrency division is called Cumberland Mining & Materials LLC., named after the Grateful Dead song “Cumberland Blues,” about a hardworking miner, according to today’s Wall Street Journal story. ~JK Fun fact: In the first three quarters of 2017, $2.774 trillion of MSCI Index-based futures and options traded globally. That’s nearly 50 percent more than the first three quarters of 2016.~SD Care to express your views on cryptocurrencies without trading them? Apparently, you can buy ugly crypto holiday sweaters now (and yes, the checkout supports cryptocurrencies). Visual Capitalist has a cool infographic…

Index Providers Rule the World; Unknown traders gain influence in commodities; Beijing is Making Its Most Serious Effort Yet to Tackle Its Financial-System Issues Standard

First Read Hits & Takes The Canadian Annual Derivatives Conference is November 27-29 in Quebec City. Blythe Masters will be a keynote speaker.~JJL Seismic Foundry website is now live.~JJL OPEC’s next meeting is this Thursday. Bantix Technologies, the provider of the Quikstrike options analytics suite, has a blog laying out everything you need to know about the upcoming meeting.~SD Ever wonder when charts became such a standard part of news presentation? Priceonomics has a blog covering the origins of charts and graphs. Scottish political economist William Playfair is credited with creating the modern statistical chart in the late 1700s.~SD Nasdaq…

ICO regulation inconsistent as cryptocurrency bubble fears grow; CFTC Chief Works to Tweak, Not Decimate, Obama-Era Rules Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff To those who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, get outside and stretch your legs today, the deals for Black Friday can wait. ~JJL Chuck Mackie of Maven Wave has recapped the CME Group‘s GFLC in a blog post. ~JJL On Tuesday, November 28, the OCC’s Caroline Gillard is moderating a luncheon sponsored by FCS Chicago focusing on marketing to women. The lunch panel includes Jessica Titlebaum Darmoni, Jennifer Bennethum Burns and Allison Engel, and is the organization’s final luncheon topic for 2017. This will be the first time the FCS has hosted one of…

Warning Signs About Another Giant Bitcoin Exchange; Wealth Managers Are Being Inundated With Calls About Bitcoin Standard

First Read Why ISPs Are About To Spoil Your Thanksgiving Dinners Food For Thought on Net Neutrality Repeal By Jeff Bergstrom, JLN Yesterday it was announced the F.C.C. plans a net neutrality repeal. This is not a particularly new story. The telecoms have been working towards this for years. But now it seems they are about to achieve their goal and that is not a good thing unless you are a major investor in telecom stocks. It is a truism that the last thing anyone should talk about over Thanksgiving dinner is politics. We all have that crazy uncle who…

Deutsche Boerse says about 20 banks join its clearing programme; Goldman Sachs has struck a deal with Bloomberg to help its stock trading business; CME says bitcoin futures coming this year, but date not set Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff My former employer from my First American Discount days back in the 1980s, William Mallers, Jr., opined on a recent email exchange he had with me about bitcoin on the Coindesk website. Bill has traded bitcoin since 2013 and is a big supporter of the crypto-currency. ~JJL NFA was named among the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in 2017. ~JJL The market cap of all companies listed on HKEX’s #HK markets hit $33.5 trillion today, setting a new all-time record. ~JJL HKEX is sponsoring “Realising the China Opportunity”…