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Innovation Is the Only Cure for Fragmentation; Deutsche Börse Reveals Three ‘Pillars’ of Its Pervasive Blockchain Integration; Index Funds Still Beat ‘Active’ Portfolio Management John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Cold as ICE: Sprecher asks UK, How much do you love me? In the battle for financial markets in Europe, exchanges would like some more communication about why they should stay in the UK. By Jim Kharouf To hear one exchange leader tell it, UK markets could use a little more love. At the 10th annual FIA IDX conference on Tuesday, ICE Chairman and CEO Jeff Sprecher said UK regulators have not communicated with ICE much about how they could work together and keep ICE Europe’s operations more firmly in London. In the wake of Brexit and the…

Intercontinental Exchange Announces Agreement to Acquire Global Research Index Platform from Bank of America Merrill Lynch; HKEX Announces Senior Appointments; This Blockchain Bubble Might Be a Good Thing John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Getting Animated About Trading Chicago JLN If you haven’t signed up for the FOW-JLN conference Trading Chicago on June 28th, it is a solid program worth checking out. Speakers this year include the Streetwise Professor Craig Pirrong, Leslie Sutphen and Gary DeWaal debating Dodd-Frank, Fidessa’s Steve Grob, Chris Hehmeyer and Joshua Yang talking about our markets in an age of populism with Carl Gilmore. Other notables include Jay Feuerstein of Budo Group, Richard Mackey of Rosenthal Global Securities and Tim Gits of Eurex and Chris Anderson of Itiviti talking about opportunities in the red hot interest rate markets….

A Step Backward in Financial Regulation; ‘Spotify Rule’ Would Help New York Stock Exchange Woo Unicorns; Bank of Canada says it won’t use blockchain for interbank payment system John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Time to Close the Asset Class Ban Loophole; Corzine and his ilk Should be Banned Across All Asset Classes By John J. Lothian With the recent news that former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine is attempting to make a comeback at age 70 as a hedge fund manager, it became clear there is a hole in our regulatory system that needs to be fixed. Corzine is banned for life by the CFTC from trading futures, yet he can operate in the securities and FX worlds managing other people’s money. It is time to clean up the regulatory loophole…

U.S. derivatives regulator splits with White House over budget; Blockchain consortium raises record $100m; Fidelity’s Abby Johnson Urges Resolution to Blockchain Barriers John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read New York, NY By John J. Lothian Jim Kharouf and I just returned from a two and a half day trip to New York to see clients and prospects and work on our July 11 & 12 MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity event in New York. This was a very productive trip, but what struck me the most about it was how polite and courteous all the people I came into contact with, aside from those mentioned above, were. New York seems to be in a good place and tenor. We are excited to bring MarketsWiki Education to…

Government enforcers take aim at compliance officers; Euronext to acquire FastMatch and expand into global FX markets; KCG Said to Eliminate 10% of Staff, Shut Two Offices in Asia John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Ride For Beth Jan Bart de Boer, Chief Commercial Officer ABN AMRO Clearing We are raising money to fund research to help the daughter of our European Chief Commercial Officer, James Egan. James Egan is a very well known and respected person in the Futures industry in Europe. His daughter Beth has an incredibly rare autoimmune disease, ‘Scleroderma.’ We are raising money to fund a scientific investigation at Great Ormond Street (UK) hospital (where she is treated) to try and learn more about the disease and how it can be treated in the long term. We are looking…

HKEX and LME Announce New LME Chief Executive and Leadership Structure; Deutsche Bank Is First Bank Busted for Breaking Volcker Rule; Deutsche Boerse Boss Admits Mistakes in Failed LSE Deal John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian David Setters is turning 60 this weekend and of course some friends are gathering to celebrate this happy occasion. What they are also doing is giving gifts of donations to support MND research, the disease that is afflicting David. Would you help David celebrate birthday with a gift to the MND Association? David and his friends have raised £47,725.50 to date through various activities and fundraisers. How about we help David get that amount to £60K? Congratulations to Matt Chamberlain on being named CEO of the London Metal Exchange. I can…

Paxos using blockchain to fix problems in capital intensive businesses Feature,Video,video

Charles Cascarilla, CEO of the fintech company Paxos, says the current way of dealing with back and middle office post-trade processes is too manpower-intensive and is hindering businesses. He believes blockchain is the solution to some of the problems affecting capital-intensive businesses. Since the financial crisis, exchanges have eliminated 10 percent of costs out of the front office but only five percent out of the back and middle office, because firms are using old technology, Cascarilla said. Enter blockchain, a distributed ledger that lets everyone use a shared books and records system, getting rid of the need for different firms…

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…

NYSE Arca Suffers Glitch During Closing Auction; High-Frequency Traders Fall on Hard Times; Threat or Opportunity? Blythe Masters Talks Blockchain Jobs Impact John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian This morning we present the first of our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity videos from Stockholm. Peter Fredriksson of Baymarkets is the first up with a story about Stockholm. My phone experienced a series of text messages yesterday as NYSE Arca Equities had electronic trading problems late in the day. Here is the System Status page with the details on the problem. It was ten years ago when I went to the FIA Boca Raton conference with an idea: MarketsWiki. It was there I pitched various firms about the idea. I…