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US companies transformed into 800lb gorilla in bond market; Voice Brokers Beware: New MiFID Rules… John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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…

VIX creator Bob Whaley: investors don’t grasp Wall Street ‘fear gauge’; Swedroe: Embracing The Downside Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories VIX creator Bob Whaley: investors don’t grasp Wall Street ‘fear gauge’ Graham Rapier – Business Insider Business Insider recently spoke with Bob Whaley, the Vanderbilt University finance professor who created the wildly popular index. Whaley, 64, said he had been pleasantly surprised by the attention his index had received since its launch almost three decades ago. Here’s what he had to say: jlne.ws/2wVmutF Swedroe: Embracing The Downside Larry Swedroe – ETF.com It has long been known that investors have asymmetric preferences when it comes to bearing downside risk versus participating in the upside. The term “loss aversion” refers…

NYSE Wants Delay on End-of-Day Co. Announcements; T+2 Settlement; Banks join forces to create digital currency John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Today’s featured speaker from the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in Chicago is Michael Patak of TopstepTrader.~JJL The very last page of Deutsche Boerse‘s 425th anniversary pamphlet covering its chronology from 1585-2010 simply says “Part 2 of this booklet will be published in the year 2435.” Who says the Germans don’t have a sense of humor? ~SD Did you know that Megan Morgan of Eurex created a charity named “One Refugee Child” to help give out strollers to refugees on their migration?~JJL If you would like to see a man hold a Starbucks coffee…

Yossi Beinart, Former CEO of Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Dies at 61 John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Condolences to the family, friends and former colleagues of Yossi Beinart, who passed away late Wednesday at the age of 61. He stood down as CEO of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange due to illness. We knew Yossi from his days as the CEO of NADEX in Chicago. He will be missed.~JJL Most small and emerging hedge fund managers in the new AIMA/GPP Emerging Manager Survey 2017 from the Alternative Investment Management Association said they intend to add to their staff headcount in the next three years, with 84 percent planning to…

Wall Street’s Cowboy Traders Find New Riches In Bitcoin And Cryptocurrencies John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff From today’s report The Highs and Lows of Spoofing the Market convicted market spoofer Michael Coscia‘s “order-to-fill ratio (the average size of his total orders divided by the average size of orders he filled) was 1.6 percent. The ratio for other traders ranged between 91 percent and 264 percent.”~JK HKEX is closed today due to a big storm, or what some call Typhoon Signal No. 10.~JJL John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. has joined the International Commodity Derivatives Association, formerly known as the Swiss Futures & Options Association or SFOA, as a…

Thesys Technologies vs. Goliath; OIC Outreach to Advisers; Vol bets and the VIX Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Thesys vs. Goliath: That’s One Big CAT Spencer Doar – JLN FINRA, FIS, Cinnober, Thomson Reuters – what do they have in common? They are just a few of the 30 bidders who lost out on developing the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) to Thesys Technologies LLC, a subsidiary of the proprietary trading firm Tradeworx, founded in 2009. To develop and implement the CAT, Thesys partnered with IBM (which was a bidder on its own, too), as well Rosenblatt Securities and law firm Latham & Watkins. “You had some big tech companies that really understand tech but maybe…

Deutsche Börse probe widens; DRW to Buy HFTer RGM; Trump’s business councils fall apart John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read No, Not the VIX – the VSTOXX Sarah Rudolph – JLN Even your dog has heard of the VIX, the Chicago Board Options Exchange‘s benchmark volatility index, but the VSTOXX, the benchmark for volatility in European stocks, is less of a household name in the U.S. Eurex has been trying to change that by adding more and more functionality to their VSTOXX products, starting out with spot prices and futures contracts on the index and then more recently moving into options on futures and ETNs. Yesterday, Eurex and Rival teamed up for a meetup in Chicago at a…

Hedge funds and the gender imbalance; Probe into ‘maker taker’; The next quant meltdown John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes NEX Group yesterday led a session of Trading Tech 300, the merit badge workshop program created to help young people connect with the financial industry in Chicago. They took a group of Scouts around the financial district in a Geocaching exercise. Thank you to Tom Scanlan and the NEX crew for their service.~JJL Michael Kraines of Trading Technologies is our video subject today from the Chicago sessions of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity. Brian Quintenz has been sworn in as a commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.~JJL If you like funny infographics, check…

Tudor and Brevan Howard abandon Mifid; Bitcoin Surges Past $4,000 on Speed Breakthrough; Barclay CTA Index gains 0.64 per cent in July John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Former John Lothian News contributor Carlise Newman, who worked on the John Lothian Newsletter in the pre-MarketsWiki era, passed away late last year. Former Dow Jones reporter Howard Packowitz recently shared this news on Facebook. We were sorry to hear of her passing.~JJL If you haven’t watched Tom Sosnoff’s take on why passive investing is the worst thing to happen to investors, you can catch it in today’s featured video from our MarketsWiki Education event in Chicago this month.~JK FIA Expo will be in Chicago before you know it. October 17 to…