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Bitcoin options exchange raises $11.4 million in funding; Bill Brodsky – A Towering Figure in Options; Commodity Traders Have a Really Big Problem Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight It’s all in the follow through Jim Kharouf, JLN This week, we are continuing our rollout of video interviews from the Options Industry Conference. Today we feature Gina McFadden, the first woman to receive the esteemed Joseph W. Sullivan Options Industry Achievement Award for her decades of education work at the Options Industry Council. We’ve also posted engaging interviews with industry leaders, Steve Crutchfield, head of market structure with CTC in Liquidity Providers Unduly Penalized By Capital Rules: CTC’s Crutchfield and got a state of the options industry review from Henry Schwartz, president of Trade Alert, The…

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Blockchain But Were Afraid to Ask – Johan Toll, Nasdaq MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“Instead of having the financial economy we see today with a lot of intermediaries, local custodians and global banks, this could all be replaced by a peer-to-peer community. It’s a massive revolution that probably will happen to our financial industry.” Nasdaq’s Johan Toll became a blockchain expert almost by accident. In April of 2014 he sent an article about blockchain from a Swedish technology magazine around to his business unit, saying, “I think this is something interesting we should start looking into.” A couple of weeks later someone from sales called him and said he had a client who was…

New Force on Wall Street – The ‘Family Office’; The Past and the Future; Corporate Insiders Haven’t Been This Uninterested in Buying Stocks Since Reagan John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read CME Group CEO Terry Duffy on Business and Interest Rates Under the Trump Administration JohnLothianNews.com With a new administration in place and a more optimistic outlook from the market community, CME Group is well positioned to succeed, according to CEO Terry Duffy. Whereas global regulatory efforts have served as a headwind for the industry since the financial crisis, now the United States is benefiting from the perception that the new administration’s stance on regulation will serve as an tailwind. There is much left to be determined, certainly, but even the shift to no new regulation as opposed to…

FXCM Inc to Be Renamed ‘Global Brokerage Inc’ Following US Upheaval; Fannie, Freddie shares dive after U.S. appeals court ruling; LSE and D Börse set to offer more concessions to secure merger John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Take Our Survey – Again By Jim Kharouf, JLN Editor-in-Chief & CEO Sometimes these things happen. The link we provided yesterday only allowed one person to take the survey. We know there are more than one of you willing and able to take it. Here’s the link. Please take a few minutes to help us out about what you like and what you don’t like about our publications and websites. The questions are supposed to be fun, funny and for us, enlightening. It’s also a great place to leave us comments and suggestions for future content and services….

BoE told to firm up oversight of clearing and other support; Biggest banks each set to be hit with $200m trading rule costs; Smaller companies fear threat from new financial regulation John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read New CEO, Updated Offices By John J. Lothian, Executive Chairman Today is the first day in the reign of Jim Kharouf as king….err… CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. He takes command in our newly updated offices in the CBOT Building, which are not quite done yet. Friday we learned we had an unresolved heating and air conditioning situation that needed to be resolved. We will begin to move in the office this afternoon and hope the work is done by tomorrow. In the new game of thrones, Jim will now sit on the iron hot…

CME Group bids for LSE’s French clearing business; The Royal Mint and CME Group to Launch Royal Mint Gold; Joint Deutsche Bundesbank and Deutsche Borse blockchain prototype John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Smile When You Buy Just Like You Do When You Give By John J. Lothian Today is GivingTuesday. I can only suspect this new holiday was created to give some balance to Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping extravaganzas. Today we are supposed to pause from our excessive consumerism and give something back to worthy charities. Thanks to our friends at Amazon, you can turn every day into GivingTuesday through the Amazon Smile program (smile.amazon.com). When you buy items from Amazon, and click on the Smile URL, you can select a charity to which Amazon will give .05…

SEC approves vast surveillance system for stock market; Debate intensifies over ETFs’ impact on markets; Energy Traders Said to Be Probed in U.K. Over Spark Spoofing John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Cathy Lyall, Minnamurra Consulting – 30 Years of Change MarketsWikiEducation.com Cathy Lyall’s first day in the markets was 1987’s Black Monday. She had planned on going into foreign affairs but snagged a job as a futures broker the Thursday before the crash from her boyfriend, a cash bond broker. She also signed her first mortgage in London the Friday before Lehman Brothers collapsed. Life events when synced with world events yield perspective. In the period between her first day on the job and her first mortgage, Lyall, currently director of Minnamurra Consulting, noticed a shift in the industry’s…

Market change doesn’t have to be violent to hurt; U.S. Said to Probe Tullett, BGC, TFS-ICAP Over FX Options; Buy Side Looks to Fill Market-Making Vacuum Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces Last call. Our MarketsWiki Education series in London will be held on Monday. Do you know any interns, students, or young professionals who would benefit from hearing about our industry from the likes of Scott O’Malia, Guy Simpkin, Steve Woodyatt, Steve Grob, Rob Russell, Andrew Gibbins, Cathy Lyall and more? It’s not too late to send them our way. Register http://bit.ly/1XxdC46. Hosted at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 25 Basinghall St, London EC2V 5HA, there are three 90 minute sessions: from 10:00 to 11:30, 13:00 to 14:30 and 15:00 to 16:30….

John Lothian Newsletter: Deutsche Börse CEO braced for regulatory scrutiny over LSE deal; Ex-Citi Trader’s Bitcoin Exchange Skirts Currency Curbs; Lessons From a Bank Heist John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Education is Everything: MarketsWiki Education, Chicago 2016John Lothian – John Lothian NewsThere are lots of ways to get an education. One of the questions we ask in our John Lothian Profiles videos is “What did the markets teach you the hard way?” Getting taught the hard way is certainly one way to learn. But so is learning from the experiences of others. Learning from others is at the heart of the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series. We wanted the young people looking at our industry to hear from some of the people who helped build it into…