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Bitcoin-Futures Regulator Defends Oversight as Critics See Risks; DBOT ATS LLC Inc Announces the Official Launch of Blockchain-Powered Crowd Funding and Secondary Market John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The newest edition of CME’s Off the Chart’s Podcast covers Bitcoin: Supply Growth, Mining Difficulty and Prospects in 2018. In a nutshell, it’s getting harder to mine bitcoin as it reaches its cap, which means supply will grow by less than 5 percent. ~SD Yesterday’s JLN Options covered rising popularity of risk premia strategies, SKEW vs. VIX, bitcoin options potential, the Intel chip flaws and more. ~SD VIX traded in the 8 handle yesterday. When’s the last time that happened? Oh, yeah, Thanksgiving. ~SD The weather phenomenon hitting the east coast right…

Chinese Investor Buys Stake in Delaware Blockchain Exchange; Hong Kong and China regulators sign MOU on futures markets; John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff OCC’s David Prosperi likes to quote his former boss, Ronald Reagan, on Twitter with quotes from the Reagan Foundation Twitter account. Today’s quote is a good one: “The bedrock of our strength is America’s moral and spiritual character. Peace with freedom is the highest aspiration of the American people. We negotiate for peace. We sacrifice for it. We will never surrender for it.” -Ronald Reagan @ronaldreagan40~JJL Trillium has a 2017 trade surveillance enforcement recap out – it can be found in our lead section. This year’s 15 spoofing or layering enforcement actions are…

Frankfurt Winning Battle for Brexit Bankers; End of 47-Year Japan Rice Program; Smart beta funds pass $1tn John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Spencer Doar’s weekly JLN Options video feature, The Spread, continues to get better. This last week’s was a beut.~JJL Holy smokes. Get this: “The Legends Room, the world’s only blockchain based nightclub, rings in 2018 with two incredible nights of crypto fun. On Saturday, December 30th, the Legends Room presents Samantha Ronson and Saint Clair. On Sunday December 31st, the club will feature Post Malone and 21 Savage together.” I do not like this, Sam-I-am. But hey, it’s Vegas, right?~SD The JLN Team has cancelled their in the office meeting today, rescheduling for…

Blockchain to massively change commodities; Cboe’s Tilly predicts more consolidation; Chinese oil futures? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff We are rolling out the first of the videos from the MarketsWiki Education recruiting event held the Monday of EXPO week in Chicago. The first video features Cboe’s Ed Tilly.~JJL Recall the “broker fee wars” earlier in the year? Fidelity, TD, Schwab and a whole bunch of others started slashing commissions and fees, bringing much of the $7 per equity trade shops down to $5 a trade and some of the discount brokers even lower. Then there’s tastyworks’ $1 to open/free to close options trading setup. Well, unicorn-valued trading app Robinhood just…

Wall Street banks push back on launch of bitcoin futures; Traders Want to Know What Exchanges Earn From Market Data; Blockchain Scores Major Win as Aussie Exchange Plans Shift John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Wedbush’s margin policy for bitcoin trading found its way to my inbox. In order to trade the Cboe bitcoin futures, a trader must have a minimum equity of $10K in their account. For accounts under $1 million in total equity, the margins are two times the exchange minimums. For the CME’s bitcoin futures, the account size is $50K minimum and if less than $5 million, you get double exchange margins. ~JJL STA Chicago’s marketing material for the 92nd Annual Mid-Winter Meeting – held Jan 10 through 12 – is Game of Thrones themed. *tips cap*…

A New Exchange, a Different Asset Class and a Hearty Dose of Blockchain Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Fintech

Madison Ave gets a new solution for buying and selling digital advertising (Editor’s note: For background on NYIAX and the state of the advertising business, see JLN’s You Look Mahvelous Dahling: “Mad Men” Ready To Walk The Exchange Red Carpet With Nasdaq.) Want to see a proper use case for the ever-buzzworthy blockchain? Look no further than NYIAX, an exchange for guaranteed advertising contracts that runs on Nasdaq’s technology and deploys the blockchain to track trades, positions and, in the end, streamline reconciliation. On October 10, NYIAX’s product went live and the exchange continues to line up publishers and advertisers…

Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win; Banks prepare to settle with Brussels over forex cartel probe John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read   Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Do you have a nomination for the Public Representatives for NFA’s Board of Directors? NFA is now taking nominations. ~JJL CME Group has updated their most popular whitepaper with the latest data and an all-new section comparing Treasury futures to Treasury notes.~JJL The United Church of Christ’s United Church Fund has modernized their exclusionary screening process. They have kept exclusions of Coal and Tar Sands Oil, Tobacco and Nuclear Weapons. They have added Firearms, Private Prison Operators, Human Rights and Environmental Impact as considerations. Here is a video about it. ~JJL…

The Industry Discusses Cryptocurrencies and DLT, Part II Feature,Video,video

At the 33rd Annual FIA Futures and Options Expo in mid-October, John Lothian News spoke with a variety of industry participants about upcoming milestones and trends in financial markets. This sixth video in the series is the second to cover the booming cryptocurrency space and its technological underpinnings. In part two, Gary DeWaal, special counsel with Katten Muchin Rosenman, John Omahen, FIS’ head of product strategy, Anthony Tassone, founder of GreenKey Technologies and Carl Gilmore, president of Integritas Financial Consulting share their thoughts on the crypto space.  

The Industry Discusses Cryptocurrencies and DLT, Part I Feature,Video,video

At the 33rd Annual FIA Futures and Options Expo in mid-October, John Lothian News spoke with a variety of industry participants about upcoming milestones and trends in financial markets. This fifth video in the series is the first to cover the crazily popular cryptocurrency space and its technological underpinnings. In part one, Ed Tilly, chairman and CEO of Cboe, Drew Shields, Trading Technologies’ CTO, Thomas Flake, the co-founder and chief marketing officer of bcause, Kevin Darby, managing partner at Blue Trading Systems and Chris Hehmeyer, CEO of Hehmeyer Trading + Investments share their thoughts on the future of the crypto…