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John Lothian Newsletter: Discount Retailer Overstock Has New Target: Upending Wall Street; Goldman Sachs throws support behind IEX exchange application; European Dark Pools Expand in Face of Rules Limiting Their Use John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Chicago Board Options Exchange: Back to the Futures Spencer Doar – JLN Yesterday was the CBOE‘s annual press luncheon — a chance to hear from the horse’s mouth what has been going on in the stable. The key takeaway from CEO Edward Tilly and President/COO Edward Provost was the development of their next generation trade engine, CBOE Vector. Vector has been in the works for two years and and is ready to be rolled out, beginning in Q3 of 2016 for products listed on the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE). The current system, CBOEdirect, traces its roots back to…

STAC Tackles Volatility, Social Media and Blockchain Blog

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The Security Traders Association of Chicago holds its Midwinter Meeting this week at the Hilton, bringing in industry participants from a variety of warmer climes than Chicago. Day one covered such seemingly disparate issues as volatility and volatility products, social media for traders, and Bitcoin/Blockchain technology.   Some highlights from the panel called “Volatility: Shaken Up with New Products and Less Risk”, moderated by the CBOE’s Matt Moran, included: If you look at skew worldwide, it is highest in the U.S.  One reason for this, according to Joe Aiken from Malachite Capital Management, is that most S&P option activity is…

Sweet 16: The Tops for 2016 Special Report

At last fall’s FIA Expo Chicago, John Lothian News partnered with Cinnober Financial Technology to  bring you industry conversations, where we conduct short interviews with industry participants on the important topics facing the financial markets. The 2015 theme is “Sweet 16: The Tops For 2016.” What technology, regulation, exchange or macroeconomic issue or trend will be most important to our industry next year? We will take the 16 best ideas and thoughts and package them in a John Lothian News video series. Here is what our participants had to say: Part 1 – Exchanges: Exchange leaders will be dealing with…

John Lothian Newsletter: Nasdaq claims to break ground with blockchain-based share sale; Divergence Between Fed, Other Central Banks to Test Global Economy; Biggest Investors Say Beware the Bond Market as Fed Raises Rates John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Happy New Year from John Lothian News By JLN Staff Happy New Year to all our readers of John Lothian News! It has been a banner year for JLN that has seen us expand our education efforts, publish 95 news and education videos, publish several Special Reports and travel to South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East to help expand our reach. MarketsWiki saw 16 million page views during 2015, over 1.3 million page views per month. MarketsReformWiki has had over 10 million page views since it was launched in 2011. We have been to events in…

John Lothian Newsletter: National Stock Exchange relaunches, aims to shake up U.S. industry; ASX eyes ‘blockchain’ for risk management of market trades; OPEC Sees Demand for Its Crude Oil Falling for Rest of Decade John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read MF Global Advocate Koutoulas At Center Of Controversy Again By Mark Melin – Value Walk Until recently, the derivatives industry was most often ignored, overlooked and dismissed as too complex or arcane to warrant attention in the mainstream. For many who worked deep in the industry, this was just fine. They didn’t seek the limelight or public acclaim. But scandals such as the $1.6 billion disappearance of funds in the MF Global case and a stunning if oddball fraud and suicide attempt at Peregrine Financial Group (PFG) put the industry and its regulators into the limelight. Now that…

Sweet 16: The Tops For 2016 – Technology Interview,Special Report,Tech / HFT,Video

Technology is the lifeblood of the financial markets. As we look ahead in our Sweet 16 series at 2016, here are four ideas from Matthew Rees, Hazem Dawani, Adam Honore and Matt Hughes – about where we are headed with new technology.

John Lothian Newsletter: BATS Exchange to Try Again at an I.P.O.; Confident and clear, Yellen says rate path will be well signaled; IBM, JP Morgan, and Others Build a New Blockchain For Business John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read A Marginal Victory – for the Time Being Doug Ashburn – JLN Yesterday, a U.S. Government entity took a giant step that will have far-reaching effects on the global financial ecosystem. Oh, yeah, and the Fed raised interest rates for the first time in 10 years. While most eyes in the financial world were glued to the talking heads blathering about the rate hike, I was watching the CFTC as it approved two rulemakings – a proposed rule that would require exchanges, clearing houses, swap execution facilities and data repositories to conduct specific cybersecurity tests. It also issued…

Sandra Ro, CME Group – Financial Services Disruption: the Rise of Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech / HFT,Video

“There is this big debate as to whether bitcoin is a currency or a commodity. I would argue that it is its own category.” Sandra Ro is a veteran in the world of bitcoin and blockchain, which simply means that she has been following the cryptocurrency and its underlying technology for over two years. In this MarketsWiki Education talk, Ro takes us through the nascent world of digital currencies, from the volatility of bitcoin, to the rise of blockchain technology and massive investments being made by venture capitalists, banks and other strategic investors. According to Ro, the next few decades…

John Lothian Newsletter: Algo traders, regulators and the age of the ‘Wall Street’ second; SEC charges Scottish trader for Twitter fraud; CME Group seeks legal views on first U.S. spoofing conviction John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Representatives from FIA affiliates sign official documents to merge into a single organization. Photo Credit: John Rizzo Congratulations FIA, and Other Bits & Pieces from FIA Expo 2015 JLN Staff Congratulations are in order, on a couple of fronts. First, upon the signing yesterday that officially merges FIA Americas, FIA Europe (the former FOA) and FIA Asia. Check out the above photo to see some of the people who made it happen – Paul Davies, FIA Asia Chairman; Steve Sparke, FIA Europe Chairman; Walt Lukken, FIA President and CEO; Gerald Corcoran, FIA Chairman; Michael Dawley, FIA Global Chairman;…