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Deutsche Börse probe widens; DRW to Buy HFTer RGM; Trump’s business councils fall apart John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read No, Not the VIX – the VSTOXX Sarah Rudolph – JLN Even your dog has heard of the VIX, the Chicago Board Options Exchange‘s benchmark volatility index, but the VSTOXX, the benchmark for volatility in European stocks, is less of a household name in the U.S. Eurex has been trying to change that by adding more and more functionality to their VSTOXX products, starting out with spot prices and futures contracts on the index and then more recently moving into options on futures and ETNs. Yesterday, Eurex and Rival teamed up for a meetup in Chicago at a…

Tudor and Brevan Howard abandon Mifid; Bitcoin Surges Past $4,000 on Speed Breakthrough; Barclay CTA Index gains 0.64 per cent in July John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Former John Lothian News contributor Carlise Newman, who worked on the John Lothian Newsletter in the pre-MarketsWiki era, passed away late last year. Former Dow Jones reporter Howard Packowitz recently shared this news on Facebook. We were sorry to hear of her passing.~JJL If you haven’t watched Tom Sosnoff’s take on why passive investing is the worst thing to happen to investors, you can catch it in today’s featured video from our MarketsWiki Education event in Chicago this month.~JK FIA Expo will be in Chicago before you know it. October 17 to…

Alphabet Soup: The DAO, ETH, ICOs and the SEC Blog,Feature,Fintech,Mwiki,ReformWiki

By Jim Falvey Technology usually outpaces the law. It can take months, if not years, for legislators, regulators and courts to gain an understanding of technology and then to apply existing law to the new technology and/or create new laws for the technological developments. In the remarkable world of cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology (often referred to as “Blockchain”), we are seeing both occur. In May 2016, a virtual organization called The DAO, which stands for Decentralized Autonomous Organization, came onto the scene in the Ethereum world. For the uninitiated, the Ethereum Blockchain sponsors the second most significant virtual currency…

SEC’s Jay Clayton & China, Tom Ascher Speaks, Nasdaq and SIX Swiss Exchange Go Blockchain John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff John Hague of RSM has accepted the role of co-chairman of the LaSalle Trading Tech Awards of the Pathway to Adventure Council of the Boy Scouts of America. John Lothian is the other co-chair of the event. Hague replaces Matt Haraburda of XR Trading, who teamed with John Lothian last year to chair the event. The LaSalle Trading Tech Awards honor those firms who have participated in the Trading Tech 300 merit badge workshop program created by John Lothian and replaces the history LaSalle Street Dinner that had run for over 20…

Are we seeing the end of Wall Street and the beginning of a new one? Blog,Feature,Mwiki

Silicon Valley icon, investor and entrepreneur Vinod Khosla told an audience last week at the Commonwealth Club of California that technological disruption is coming to most of the top industries in the United States. And while he didn’t mention Wall Street, he could have. “Citibank won’t solve financial inclusion, Square will if anybody does it,” he said. “Volkswagen and GM won’t solve transportation. Whether it’s Waymo or somebody else who does it, it will be a technology driven, non-institutional, ‘let’s break the rules,’ radical kind of approach. This non-institutional way of doing things, though less predictable, is much more fun…

Ethereum Co-Founder Says Crypto Coin Market Is a Time-Bomb; Prosecutor offers to drop Deutsche Börse CEO insider trading probe; Singapore traders regain appetite for lunch John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits and Takes By JLN Staff Today is day two of the Chicago version of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity at the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Tech. We have the largest audience scheduled today for two sessions, one at 1 PM and another at 3 PM. We still have room for last minute additions as well. Our speakers include Richard Sandor, Bryan Durkin, Terry Savage, Joe Guinan, Amy Shelly and Jennifer Wilson at the first session. At session two we have Mehmet Yanilmaz, Julie Armstrong Menacho, Keith Petersen, Patrick Kenny, David Kelbaugh and Jay Feuerstein We…

The Solutions To All Your Post-Trade Problems Feature,Video,video

The post-trade clearing space is full of new entrants and innovation from incumbents. Firms are looking at everything from collateral management to new back office systems to finding new efficiencies to real-time reporting with current back office systems. John Lothian News spoke with six professionals at the FIA IDX 2017 conference in London earlier this month about solutions to key challenges in the post-trade space today. We first spoke with them about their key problem. JLN spoke with Clive Furness, managing director, Contango Markets, Collin Platt, co-founder, Dpactum, Jaki Walsh, chief product officer, Sernova, John Avery, director, client & industry…

The Problem With Post-Trade Is… Feature,Video,video

The post-trade clearing space is full of new entrants and innovation from incumbents. Firms are looking at everything from collateral management to new back office systems to finding new efficiencies to real-time reporting with current back office systems. John Lothian News spoke with six professionals at the FIA IDX 2017 conference in London earlier this month about the key problem they see in the post-trade space today. We followed it up with their solutions to that problem. JLN spoke with Clive Furness, managing director, Contango Markets, Collin Platt, co-founder, Dpactum, Jaki Walsh, chief product officer, Sernova, John Avery, director, client…

Cost of ‘Black Swan’ bet on falling markets hits pre-crisis low; The one cheap thing in financial markets today; You Don’t Know VIX: Wall Street’s Fear Gauge Is Now a Multibillion Dollar Market Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight You’re Invited to FOW-John Lothian News Trading Chicago on June 28th! Register here This one-day event at the Swissotel on June 28th is aimed largely at the end-users of the markets: commodity trading advisors, asset managers, hedge funds and proprietary traders. The conference will cover the issues that impact those firms directly – regulation, technology and market structure, with an underlying thread of trading in an age of uncertainty. All of this will be delivered in a variety of formats, from an Oxford-style debate on the Dodd-Frank Act’s repeal to TED-style talks to panel discussions. The event…