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A new generation of anti-Americans; SEC judges appointment violated Constitution John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff We have produced a promotional video for the Crypto Evolved event in New York on Wednesday at the New York Athletic Club. Trading Technologies’ Mike Unetich visited our offices to give the conference a plug. Please take a look and visit www.crypto-evolved.com for more details.~JJL FIA Operations Americas Division members are invited to enjoy food, drinks and an exciting game of baseball at the 18th Annual Summer Outing in Chicago. Join the Operations Americas Division for the Sox v. Yankees on 8/8. Get the details and register~JJL FIA Announces Fourth Annual Innovators Pavilion…

U.S. Launches Probe into Bitcoin Price Manipulation; Fed to consider Volcker Rule modification John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Word has it that Kraken is about to open an office in Chicago, following a move by Coinbase aimed at attracting institutional customers to their exchanges.~JK The tZERO and BOX Digital Markets deal announced Tuesday could completely disrupt the venture capital and capital raising space, Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com, the parent of tZERO, told me. More to come on that next week.~JK ALTSO’s Rocktoberfest London event is right around the corner – June 6.~SD A quick note on the Italian bond futures story yesterday, Italy Rout Wipes Five Billion Euros From Bond…

Big bank tech arms race; South Korea Detains Crypto Execs; Rival Fidessa acquisition bidders ION and SS&C John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Euronext celebrated the 40th anniversary of its options exchange in Amsterdam yesterday. In conjunction, they also celebrated Drumming Day, a centuries old tradition commemorating the bravery of an orphaned boy who saved Amsterdam’s stock exchange from the Spanish during the Eighty Years’ War.~JJL It’s not surprising that once volatility returns, the media starts to cover options markets more. As such, yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter was chock full of content, including background on the Greek general Thucydides, an IP spat, convexity, unprepared traders and a dig at David Einhorn’s confusion over why his fund…

This Is Where People Are Buying Bitcoin All Over the World; Who Wants to Be Bitcoin’s Watchdog? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Unsurprisingly, yesterday’s STAC panel on cryptocurrency, moderated by Bcause‘s Sean Ristau, looked to be the best attended. The lack of regulatory certainty is the biggest challenge in crypto, as no one is sure yet whether it is going to be considered a security or cash (SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has said “virtual currencies are unlike any commodity that the CFTC has dealt with in the past, and….pose challenges for the SEC as well.”) Clayton and CFTC Chairman Chris Giancarlo are scheduled to speak with the Senate on the matter next month. The CFTC…

Risk Premia Catches On; SKEW vs. VIX; Intel Chip Flaws and Options; BTC options Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Derivatives: Asset managers catch on to risk premia strategies Costas Mourselas – GlobalCapital Risk premia strategy, a form of passive investing, is gaining ground among asset managers as they turn to the product for a steady source of yield and a tool for hedging uncertain macroeconomic conditions. This type of investing relies on ideas — many of which are derived from academic papers — that have consistently delivered returns, and are expected to do so into the future. jlne.ws/2qn8xU7 *****SD: Just catching on, eh? Where ya been? SKEW Index Continues To Diverge From VIX Index Sean Emory –…

Inflationary VIX shock potential and other vol catalysts; Bitcoin pushback Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable as China urges calm Soyoung Kim, Heekyong Yang – Reuters Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war “an established fact”. /goo.gl/g6LF1Y ****SD: We’ve made it this far in the “year of low volatility.” This North Korea update and the below Palestinian story are two of the first things I see scanning my feeds this morning. The other story I saw? Bitcoin hits $16k. No words……

“Unwarranted” G-SIB reqs; Scared of the CAT; Vol comeback welcome Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight   Bitcoin rockets above $5,000 to all-time high Jemima Kelly – Reuters Bitcoin smashed through the $5,000 barrier for the first time on Thursday, jumping as much as 8 percent on the day as investors shrugged off the latest warnings on the risks of buying into the booming cryptocurrency market. jlne.ws/2yjA2jC ****SD: There will be plenty of crypto talk at FIA Expo next week, especially as exchanges progress with their nascent endeavors to launch crypto products. However, I still am not certain what percentage of people who talk about digital currencies/blockchain actually know what the heck makes…

CAT to boost cybersecurity threat?; FX markets stuck in low-volatility; Light trading volume in banks’ results Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Audit Trail Could Boost Cybersecurity Threat, Exchanges Say Benjamin Bain – Bloomberg CBOE’s Concannon sees little benefit gained for greater risk; SEC facing calls to delay CAT until security can be ensured Stock exchanges could become more exposed to cyberattacks through a trade database being built to help U.S. regulators police markets, industry executives said Tuesday. jlne.ws/2ygTyNx ****SD: Not to be lost in this ongoing discussion: SROs helped write the requirements for the CAT. FX Markets Are Stuck in Low-Volatility Quicksand With No Escape Dani Burger – Bloomberg Currency markets are trapped by low volatility and only a…

Building a Foundation – JB Mackenzie Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“Ask yourself if you’d be interested in an operations or compliance job. Because that gives you a foundation to help you excel.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, JB Mackenzie, director of futures and forex at TD Ameritrade, talks about the importance of understanding every detail about the technology influencing your industry of choice and how it can be a useful springboard for a successful career.   Mackenzie went to college in hopes of becoming a doctor, but after taking organic chemistry, he realized it wasn’t for him. He went into consulting in New…