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CryptoCon 2018 – Impressions Blog,Commentary,Feature,Fintech

You practically can’t walk down the street these days without bumping into a conference, seminar, or MeetUp about blockchain and cryptocurrencies as the bitcoin fever of 2017 has metastasized into a cottage industry bent on “figuring it out.” If the results from last week’s FinTank CryptoCon are any indication, the crypto industry is further along than you thought but still very much in its early stages. Aside from its name, which has to make any branding expert cringe, CryptoCon was excellent in terms of the quality of the speakers and breadth of material covered, not to mention strict adherence to…

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…

Highlights from the International Blockchain Conference Blog,Feature

The Innovation and Development Foundation (IDF) presented the International Blockchain Congress at mHub on February 9 and it was a bit like taking a train trip on Amtrak; it started late, got a little bit later at each stop along the way, and somehow still managed to be rewarding at the same time. The event highlighted how many exciting projects and developments are taking place with blockchain, the dynamic international community that is propelling progress, and just how hard it still is to separate the gold from pyrite at this point. Highlights from the conference included: Still struggling with blockchain…

No-Deal Brexit Could Cause Finance Chaos; ADM makes takeover approach to Bunge; Louis Dreyfus turns to blockchain John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff In case you missed it, the government shut down. The Senate has a noontime vote scheduled to reopen with three more weeks of funding. If you’re curious which states get hit the hardest by a federal shutdown, checkout the 2018 Government Shutdown Report. ~SD The CFTC’s Technology Advisory Committee Meeting set for Tuesday has been postponed due to the government shutdown. No new date has been determined. This shutdown my plans to attend the meeting in Washington, DC.~JJL Yes, some deals still use fax machines. The FT story today said the use of…

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

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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*…