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John Lothian Newsletter: Bitcoin Is Officially a Commodity, According to U.S. Regulator; Former UK minister Hague to become ICE Futures Europe chairman; Finra Would Allow Brokers to Block Trades to Protect Seniors John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read T4Youth – October 22, 2015 The second annual Table Tennis Tech Tournament, T4Youth, is kicking off this fall and you and your company are invited! Chicagoland technology companies will be competing to stake their claim as the #1 tech table tennis team. Our goal is to unite Chicago tech professionals around a common passion for table tennis in order to raise money and support future generations of technologists. Once again, all of the proceeds will be benefitting Chicago Tech Academy. jlne.ws/ZKRR6T ***DA: Last year, the team from DRW took first prize. Have a look at the “promo” video…

John Edge, RRVIG – Timing is Everything Financials,Interview,Options,Special Report,Tech / HFT,Video

“If you rang up a bank and said, ‘Look, I really understand blockchain, I understand bitcoin, I’ve been to these talks and I think it’s very interesting for OTC markets, because OTC markets don’t have a register of securities’ — there aren’t enough people doing this. There are more banks that want people and less people doing it.” To John Edge, managing partner at RRVIG, the current technological climate represents a chance for young people to jump into financial markets if they can demonstrate mastery of digital innovations, specifically blockchain, “which no one understands in any sense.” As the industry…

John Lothian Newsletter: The world should fear an emerging market rout; IMF delays China’s bid for global reserve currency status; Global tagging system proposed for derivatives trades John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Profiles: Blair Hull It’s not every day you hear one of the most successful traders and businessmen in the industry say he got his start as a card counter in blackjack. “My brother-in-law told me that he made money in Lake Tahoe, enough money to pay for his vacations,” he said. “I said “Well, if you do that consistently, you should be betting a lot more money and you wouldn’t have to be an accountant.” So Hull put his own money where his mouth was and took up the game of blackjack for five years learning probabilities and…

John Lothian Newsletter: CME Futures Draw More Currency Traders Than Ever Amid Bank Fines; Commodity indexing embraces new methods; Are Wall Street Interns the Latest Regulatory Target? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Paul-André Jacot; The Story of a Man, an Organization and a Conference I Will Go To Bürgenstock This Year In Honor of Paul-André By John J. Lothian Paul Meier, the longtime chairman and now honorary chairman of the Swiss Futures and Options Association, has written a tribute to his friend and SFOA colleague, the late Paul-André Jacot, who passed away last week. The tribute is about Paul-André, but it is also about the SFOA, its history and the Bürgenstock conference. While Paul Andre has left this world for the next, the Bürgenstock Conference still hangs on despite many…

John Lothian Newsletter: Norway’s sovereign wealth fund urges exchanges to adapt; The Irresistible China Trade That Keeps Burning Investors; Europe adopts rules to force OTC swaps clearing John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read MarketsWiki Education, Chicago 2015, Day ThreeDoug Ashburn – JLN Today is the day of our third and final session of this year’s intern education series in Chicago. Headlining today’s sold-out event, held at the recently-renovated event space at Trading Technologies, will be Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He will be followed by Phupinder Gill, CEO of our Global Premier Sponsor CME Group. Next comes veteran industry compliance executive Mary McDonnell, Chicago Stock Exchange CEO John Kerin, and the event concludes with CBOE business development head Andrew Lowenthal Not coincidentally, today is also the day we release the first of…

John Lothian Newsletter: SEC Set to Approve CEO Pay-Gap Disclosure Rule; An Exchange in Australia Woos Listings From China; China Hopes to Defy History of Market Bailouts John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read ++++ MarketsWiki Education Summer Intern Series – Day One By Sarah Rudolph, Managing Editor, JLN Our Chicago Summer Intern Series kicked off with a packed auditorium at IIT and five lively speakers, who all spoke about their passion for the trading industry. Scott Gordon, the CEO of Rosenthal Collins Group, was up first with some tips for interns on success and balance in work and life. These included checking out the view from 30,000 feet – looking beyond your particular job to know the major players, products, drivers and interactions in your industry; asking questions rather than knowing…

John Lothian Newsletter: China freezes Citadel unit’s account in war on stock speculation; Renewable energy sector runs the risk of overpowering market; Commodity Rout Spurs Worst Resource Currency Meltdown in 7 Years John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Video Killed the Radio Star: J2’s Esposito Stresses Importance of Digital Media JohnLothianNews.com “Video is king. Video is everywhere.” Joan Esposito, co-founder of the media consulting firm J2 Strategic Communications, said that more companies are putting CEOs and other key personnel in video for their websites, internal communications and external strategies. “That’s wonderful because it puts a human face and hopefully a passionate face on the company,” she said. “But if they make a video like that and they are dull or not energetic, or not passionate, or not clear, that’s not helping your company.” Watch the video…

John Lothian Newsletter: SunGard Is Said to Be in Sale Talks With Fidelity National Information; China watchdog extends pursuit of short sellers to HK, Singapore; China targets high-frequency traders in ‘spoofing’ probe John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read It’s a MAD MiFID II world now, and US firms should prepare By Erik Donelson, special contribution to John Lothian News Note: Erik has been working as a regulatory intern at John Lothian News since April 2015. On the last day of his internship, he attended an FIA event in Chicago – “What Every Market Participant Should Know about MiFID II.” Below are his thoughts and observations from the event. MiFID II enforcement is coming, and it’s going to affect all market participants, including those in the United States. As ESMA and the European Commission finalize the technical…

John Lothian News Special Report: Unchained: How Blockchain And Bitcoin Are Going Mainstream Special Report

Adam Honoré, CEO of the fintech consulting firm MarketsTech, keeps a stock certificate on his wall of a dot com bust called Broadvision. While it’s a painful reminder that he is a much better technologist than stock picker, that certificate is now emblematic of a new technology – blockchain – that could ultimately change the structure and infrastructure of financial markets. Blockchain technology, defined as a ledger of all Bitcoin transactions that have been executed, both threatens and offers a unique opportunity for the financial markets. Because blockchain technology is able to hold critical information on the ownership of a…