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Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 4, 2017 Asia/Pacific,Banks, Brokers & Managed Funds,Blog,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Fintech,Investing & Trading,JLN Subgroups,Politics,Regions

Lead Stories Asia To Stay World’s Fastest-Growing Region Through 2030; Asia should remain the world’s economic heavyweight for another 10 years. By Anthony Fensom – The Diplomat The global economy is continuing its gradual recovery from the financial crisis, with the latest data pointing to a broad-based pickup. However, longer term Asia is seen maintaining its position as the fastest-growing region, with China and India leading the charge. https://goo.gl/ezD1pP China Likely to Overtake U.S. as Largest Importer Within 5 Years; Shift to a more consumer-focused economy causing the change, CICC researchers say Bloomberg News From iron ore to baby formula,…

Derivatives traders forced to provide $27bn collateral post-Brexit; CFTC – ‘too-big-to-fail’ clearinghouses resilient to shocks; House Foe of Dodd-Frank Says Overhaul Will Face Test in Senate John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Step Right Up By John J. Lothian Last Thursday I had the honor of co-chairing the LaSalle Trading Tech Awards for the Pathway to Adventure Council of Boy Scouts of America with XR Trading President Matt Haraburda. This year’s program was different. We did not have a “Committee” for the event, but a “Task Force.” Our task includes not just the event, but to put on three weeks of merit badge workshops this summer in Chicago. We want to hold five straight days in June, July and August of STEM focused merit badge workshops in the offices of…

John Lothian Newsletter: NYSE Proposes Changes, as It Braces for More Volatility; Intercontinental Exchange launches U.S. Treasury index family; BOJ stuns markets with surprise move to negative interest rates John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Time to Get Out the Checkbook By John J. Lothian The New York Times editorial board has added some media influence to the debate about whether to tax transactions on Wall Street. With many of the major leading candidates for President espousing anti-Wall Street notions, it is time for Wall Street to get their checkbooks out and beat back this anti-market nonsense. However, it might not work as well this time. A President Donald Trump would not be beholden to Wall Street like other candidates. And a President Bernie Sanders would bring a lack of appreciation for Wall…

JLN Financials: Singapore Exchange to Start Bond-Trading Platform by mid-2015; Bundesbank warns corporate debt becoming overpriced; Radical cures for unusual economic ills Financials,Newsletter

First Impressions Donnie Roberts, Thinkorswim – Traversing Seismic Shifts JohnLothianNews.com “The biggest shift in this world is to a knowledge-based environment. You guys can fuel that.” Donnie Roberts of Thinkorswim discusses how we all go through event shifts during our careers. Beginning with his start at Thinkorswim Group Inc., a small Chicago-based options brokerage firm, Roberts discusses how the firm was acquired by TD Ameritrade and his transition of working in a small office environment to the expectations of a larger firm. Roberts also acknowledges the importance of education and how it is an essential factor to the future participants…

JLN Financials: Home prices up more than expected: S&P/Case-Shiller; CME to launch repo futures through BNY Mellon agreement; EU bond yields smash records on QE hopes Financials,Newsletter

First Impressions It’s Time Jim Kharouf, Editor-in-Chief, John Lothian News It’s time for the derivatives industry to innovate again. The last several years have been focused on redefining, resizing and revising the industry’s structure and rules. Now with much of that set, it’s time for some real product innovation. There are many areas in which innovation can be extended and explored but for the purposes of this column, it’s in the contract space. An argument could be made that the last great product innovation in the derivatives industry was the CBOE Volatility Index futures, an index that was launched 10…

John Lothian Newsletter: Chilton Seeks End-User Enforcement Delay for CFTC’s Swaps Rules; Bank of Japan Launches Easing Campaign; Flash crash explanation questioned John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton wants to hold off on punishing swap end-user errors until all the rules are complete and understood. After much shuffling and considering, the Bank of Japan unveils an aggressive new course of action to hopefully improve the nation’s economy. After almost three years, one of the few generally accepted causes for the flash crash comes into question in a new independent study.

Five Minutes with Jeffrey M. Christian (October 2012) Interview,Metals

Jeffrey M. Christian

Also see: Five Minutes with Jeffrey M. Christian (April 2012) Jeffrey M. Christian is the managing director and founder of CPM Group, which offers commodities research, consulting, asset management and investment banking services. He is well known for his research and analysis of copper, gold, and other commodities and writes and speaks extensively about precious metals as well as world economic conditions. He sat down with JLN Metals editor Sarah Rudolph in his New York offices recently to talk about the outlook for gold demand, the effects of recent central bank actions, the jewelry markets in China and India, and…