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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 .

Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win; Banks prepare to settle with Brussels over forex cartel probe Standard

First Read   Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Do you have a nomination for the Public Representatives for NFA’s Board of Directors? NFA is now taking nominations. ~JJL CME Group has updated their most popular whitepaper with the latest data and an all-new section comparing Treasury futures to Treasury notes.~JJL The United Church of Christ’s United Church Fund has modernized their exclusionary screening process. They have kept exclusions of Coal and Tar Sands Oil, Tobacco and Nuclear Weapons. They have added Firearms, Private Prison Operators, Human Rights and Environmental Impact as considerations. Here is a video about it. ~JJL…

New Deutsche Boerse chief; Bank bond-rigging case; Americans don’t know why they buy Bitcoin Standard

First Read WILD Women Make Sound Investment Decisions; Women will have $22 trillion of investing wealth by 2020 By Sarah Rudolph – JLN Managing Editor Now that women actually have their own money, they – like men – need to know how to make it grow with savings and investments. Women are projected to have $22 trillion of the investing wealth by the year 2020 – they had better know what to do with it. Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD), which has become well known for its efforts in the advancement of women in the financial industry, brought together another…

US Treasury dealers accused of collusion; Bitcoin futures face safeguards; EEX acquires 100% of Powernext Standard

First Read FANG+ Puts the UMPH Back into the Markets and Exchange Competition By John Lothian – JLN Hallelujah! The magical power of innovation from exchange competition in Chicago is alive and well after a noticeable absence. The NYSE FANG+ index at ICE Futures US is the most innovative and timely new contract I have seen since the Cboe introduced the VIX. Besides the FANG+ contract, we have the expectation of the CME Group and Cboe slugging it out later this year with competing bitcoin futures offerings. Earlier this year we had the CME Group reclaim the Russell index complex…

Deutsche Boerse Said to Favor UniCredit’s Weimer for CEO; Junk Bond Sell-off; Virtu’s Viola warns of clearing house risk Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff ICE announced a number of management team promotions today, including: Charles A. Vice has been named vice chairman, with continued responsibility for ICE’s global technology, information security and operations. He was previously president and chief operating officer, and has been with ICE and its predecessor company for more than 23 years. Press release here.~SR Click here for yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter.~SD See the latest thought leadership piece from Steve Grob of Fidessa, titled “Loophole lunacy” HERE.~JJL Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 14, 2017~JJL It appears there has…

Spot Trading cuts headcount; Wall Street Fines Fall in Trump’s First Year; J.P. Morgan’s Mobile Payments Struggle Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Exchange Analytics has released a new Market Conduct Training Course.~JJL The World Gold Council reports that gold-backed ETF holdings increased by 3.3 in October to 2,347.6 tonnes. Europe led inflows, as investors added 11.2t of gold through funds; North America had outflows of 8t, reversing some September gains; funds in Asia gained 0.8t, but ETFs in other regions lost -0.7t in October. This is amid a year-on-year 9% drop in general demand for gold to 915 tonnes.~SR The CME’s Blu Putnam and Erik Norland have another piece out comparing the characteristics of…

Potential CAT Delay; Whistleblowers Blow Whistle on SEC Watchdog; EU ICO Warning Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff CME Group’s October Options Review included the fact that a record 57% of Natural Gas options (LN) traded electronically last month, with record electronic ADV of 64K contracts/day. Other highlights included record open interest in Treasury options, E-mini Russell 2000 Index options are gaining significant traction, relationship-based trading is expanding to all Ag options effective January 8, 2018, copper options continue to reach new records of open interest and Wednesday Weekly FX options are now trading!~JJL Asia Pacific Financial News for November 10, 2017.~JJL @JohnLothian has not tweeted more than 70,000 times.~JJL…

Regulators plan eleventh-hour change to Mifid share-trading rules; China to Give Foreigners Greater Access to Its Financial Sector Standard

First Read LaSalle Street Trading Tech Awards Event Reaches New Heights By John J. Lothian The LaSalle Street Trading Tech Awards event was a success last night with over 130 people in attendance to see six scouts honored with the Harlan Ten Pas Award and seven firms honored for participating in the Trading Tech 300 program in the last year. It was a successful networking event as people mixed and share stories of Scouting and the industry and talked about how to move the Trading Tech 300 program to the next level. With interest in the program from outside the…

Could the ‘Intellicator’ Spill the Market’s Secrets?; 2 Chinese investors drop out of bid for Chicago Stock Exchange Standard

First Read Hits & Takes This evening is the LaSalle Street Trading Tech Awards at the Chicago Board of Trade Building supporting the Pathway to Adventure Council of the Boy Scouts of America. John Hague of RSM and I are the co-chairs of the event. I would like to thank John for his leadership and also the management of the CBOT Building, Glenstar Properties, for helping make this event happen. This event is the reincarnation of the LaSalle Street Dinner Dance where the who’s who of the Chicago financial community would party under a circus tent in front of the…

Fangs futures arrive as exchange operator tries to cash in on tech rally; Bond trading desks seek data scientists to work alongside traders Standard

First Read Hits & Takes Our friends at the Chicago Federal Reserve have published a primer on Blockchain. “Blockchain and Financial Market Innovation” by Rebecca Lewis, John W. McPartland, and Rajeev Ranjan is available HERE.~JJL Bob Pisani of CNBC likes the ICE’s new NYSE Fang Plus Index, the futures of which launch today.~JJL MarketsMedia has announced their 2017 Women in Finance Award Winners, with many of our favorite people listed as winners.~JJL Hamish Purdey, Chief Executive of Intelliflotaking, is taking part in Centrepoint’s Sleep Out to give homeless young people a future. You can help support his efforts HERE.~JJL The…