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Spot Trading Closes; EU Fintech Regulatory Roadmap; EU probes UK derivatives tax treatment John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Renato Mariotti for Illinois Attorney General; A Former Prosecutor and Current JLN Reader Is The Best Choice For Illinois AG John Lothian – JLN Democratic Attorney General candidate Renato Mariotti stopped by the John Lothian News offices in the Chicago Board of Trade Building on Tuesday, March 6 for a sit down video interview. He has been a John Lothian Newsletter reader since 2012, and he used the market and industry knowledge he gained from reading the newsletter to bolster his success as a federal prosecutor. Mariotti is a former prosecutor in the US Attorney’s office in Illinois…

Bitcoin and Blockchain: A WILD Opportunity Blog,Commentary,Feature,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Tech / HFT

Bitcoin is not at the dizzying high it was back in December, but interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain is still strong. The world of crypto and distributed ledger technology keeps expanding, with CME and Cboe now trading bitcoin futures, companies getting into initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency meetups forming, and the list of cryptocurrencies getting longer every week. Women In Listed Derivatives (WILD) and Morgan Lewis jointly hosted a panel on the future of blockchain and cryptocurrencies Tuesday evening to a packed house. The main takeaway on cryptocurrency from the panel was that, although crypto is a new and very speculative…

U.S. considering ‘material changes’ to ‘Volcker Rule’; Stock Bulls in Trump Country; Replacing Libor is harder in practice John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read The Man Who Molded Chicago’s Merc; Leo Melamed, chairman emeritus of CME Group, helped make his company the world’s largest manager of financial exchanges. Now he’s focusing on the development of Asian markets Jacob Bunge – WSJ In 1939, Leo Melamed learned about the power of financial markets in a bakery in Vilnius, Lithuania. He was 7 years old, trying to use Polish money to buy a loaf of bread. Though Lithuania’s government had deemed the two countries’ currencies equal in value, the baker informed Mr. Melamed that he’d need two Polish zlotys for a loaf that cost…

Amazon is taking over the stock market, too; U.K. starts cryptocurrency inquiry; France clamps down on crypto John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff What do you call a computer that sings? Adele. H/T Alexa.~JJL LME is launching an Introduction to Physical Trading and Warehousing course in London this March.~JJL A tidbit from yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter – the CIO for the Hawaiian pension fund that got burned selling puts is no longer with the fund.~SD According to a study by Credit Suisse and the London Business School, rare books have a seven fold return since 1900. Meanwhile, classic cars have 242 fold returns. But how are my comic books doing?~SD Registration is now open for the…

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

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…