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Fed’s Dudley Warns on Dangerous ‘Speculative Mania’ Around Cryptocurrencies John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read FCMs Big And Small Suffer Major Losses On Latest Black Monday Jim Kharouf – JLN On February 5, the historic trading day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1,175 points and the S&P 500 plunged 113 points, many customers suffered significant losses which forced several futures commission merchants to cover those deficits. The severity of the losses on that day was reflected in major drops in FCM customer segregated funds, some to alarming levels. Among the biggest shocks was at RBC Capital Markets, which on February 5 posted a deficiency of funds in segregation of $1.13 billion….

Amazon is taking over the stock market, too; U.K. starts cryptocurrency inquiry; France clamps down on crypto John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff What do you call a computer that sings? Adele. H/T Alexa.~JJL LME is launching an Introduction to Physical Trading and Warehousing course in London this March.~JJL A tidbit from yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter – the CIO for the Hawaiian pension fund that got burned selling puts is no longer with the fund.~SD According to a study by Credit Suisse and the London Business School, rare books have a seven fold return since 1900. Meanwhile, classic cars have 242 fold returns. But how are my comic books doing?~SD Registration is now open for the…

Temenos and Fidessa forge banking software tie-up; Ex-CFTC Counsel Is Likely Pick for Dem Slot John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Correction/Clarification: A clarification on an item in Monday’s JLN: DRW Cumberland’s Bobby Cho said Cumberland’s proportion of crypto-to-crypto trades now represents about 25 percent of its trades, versus crypto-to-fiat trades, meaning that counterparties now increasingly want to trade bitcoin to ethereum (or some other crypto combination), whereas in the past it was predominantly bitcoin to dollar (or other fiat currency). The item could have been interpreted as crypto trades account for 25 percent of all DRW trading, which is inaccurate.~JK The CFTC collected $413 million in fines last year, which means an investment…

Temenos in advanced talks to buy Fidessa; Congress sets sights on cryptocurrency rules; Bitcoin surges John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff This Thursday in Chicago, the FIA will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting & Washington Update where Walt Lukken will mention CQG’s Pat Kenny at least three times during his remarks. That is just my prediction.~JJL This year’s FIA International Conference in Boca Raton, Florida will be the 43rd. The FIA Law and Compliance Division Conference on May 2 to 4 in Washington, DC will be its 40th.~JJL Trading Technologies’ annual Tennis Tournament benefiting Futures For Kids will be held on March 13th at FIA Boca. Sign up here.~JK Euronext is participating in the…

Market’s $3 Trillion Trauma; FCA and CFTC to collaborate on fintech innovation; Euronext Plans More Acquisitions John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Welcome to Presidents’ Day in the U.S. This is the day when U.S. Presidents have historically taken the day off from Twitter. Just kidding. But it is the day we are not going to publish JLN Options and the JLN staff gets the rest of the day off. Have a great day!~JJL Last week’s CryptoCon 2018 produced some interesting insights into the cryptocurrency space. DRW Cumberland’s Bobby Cho and Jim Radecki revealed just how large that operation is today, with crypto trades representing about 25 percent of DRW’s trades on 30 different currencies…

ICO Rules and Regs: Initial Coin Offerings Under Regulatory Spotlight Blog,Feature,Fintech

So you want to launch an initial coin offering? Better buckle up and lawyer up. At the FinTank CryptoCon event in Chicago on Thursday, two attorneys addressed the complexity and pitfalls that come with launching an ICO. Barbara Jones, an attorney with GreenbergTrauig, said there continues to be some ambiguity over regulation of ICOs. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has said numerous times that he has not seen a token from an ICO that is not a security. Meanwhile, Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Chris Giancarlo is considering tokens as commodities, and has said the commission will pursue any cases involving…

Cboe says Vix products not to blame; Credit Suisse liquidates vol fund; The market is not the economy John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Electronic Interest Rate options ADV reached a record 1.43 million in January, including a single-day record on January 18th in which 1.3 million Eurodollar options traded on CME Globex, surpassing the daily pit volume.~JJL SGX FX futures volume hit a new record of $65 billion in January with ADV of $3 billion.~JK In light of all the VIX ETP drama, which was covered in yesterday’s Options newsletter, check out our blog post Vol-cano Erupts – How’s Seth Golden Doing? It was a response to the seeming surprise amongst pundits about how volatility products…

Bitcoin tumble; CurveGlobal readies fixed income push; Market rout; Robo-advisers crash John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff ICE’s NYSE FANG+ futures had record volumes on Friday last week with 7,884 contracts trading. That was one of three new record trading days last week, and average daily volume for the week was 3,278.~JJL Yesterday was the biggest one-day move for the VIX in percentage terms, up 115.6 percent.~SD Mark your compliance calendar for May 11! That’s the date on which compliance with new FinCEN Anti-Money Laundering rules (published May 11, 2016) is required. Courtesy of our friends at Exchange Analytics, who offer an AML course and more.~JJL CurveGlobal raised another £20…

Finance chiefs warn on Big Tech; Trading venues buzzing; China to stamp out cryptocurrency trading John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Richard Sandor has a new book coming out, “Electronic Trading & Blockchain: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” The book tells the story of his experience leading the first project to design and establish an electronic trading platform and for-profit exchange when he taught at Berkeley in the late 1960s. Included in the book are chapters from leaders in digital assets, including Don Wilson and Don Tapscott. Doc Sandor gives Jim Kharouf and I a tip of the hat in the book as we are mentioned as leading figures in the financial press covering the…