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Bond Investors Are Worried About Bond Market Liquidity; Saudi Arabia signs major markets upgrade with Nasdaq John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The “Putting on my broker hat about bitcoin” commentary by John Lothian had 1778 views on LinkedIn since it was published Friday. ~JJL The @JohnLothian twitter handle had 46,664 organic impressions on Friday. ~JJL The story by John Lothian, “FANG+ Puts the UMPH Back into the Markets and Exchange Competition” had 16,605 impressions on Twitter so far and is @JohnLothian’s top tweet of the last month. ~JJL CME Group is offering a webinar on “The ABC’s of Spread Trading with Futures” on Tuesday, December 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT….

US Treasury dealers accused of collusion; Bitcoin futures face safeguards; EEX acquires 100% of Powernext John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read FANG+ Puts the UMPH Back into the Markets and Exchange Competition By John Lothian – JLN Hallelujah! The magical power of innovation from exchange competition in Chicago is alive and well after a noticeable absence. The NYSE FANG+ index at ICE Futures US is the most innovative and timely new contract I have seen since the Cboe introduced the VIX. Besides the FANG+ contract, we have the expectation of the CME Group and Cboe slugging it out later this year with competing bitcoin futures offerings. Earlier this year we had the CME Group reclaim the Russell index complex…

Fangs futures arrive as exchange operator tries to cash in on tech rally; Bond trading desks seek data scientists to work alongside traders John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Our friends at the Chicago Federal Reserve have published a primer on Blockchain. “Blockchain and Financial Market Innovation” by Rebecca Lewis, John W. McPartland, and Rajeev Ranjan is available HERE.~JJL Bob Pisani of CNBC likes the ICE’s new NYSE Fang Plus Index, the futures of which launch today.~JJL MarketsMedia has announced their 2017 Women in Finance Award Winners, with many of our favorite people listed as winners.~JJL Hamish Purdey, Chief Executive of Intelliflotaking, is taking part in Centrepoint’s Sleep Out to give homeless young people a future. You can help support his efforts HERE.~JJL The…

Top investors want Deutsche Börse chief to resign; ICE ramps up move on corporate bond market John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes It was a big day for ICE yesterday as they announced two acquisitions, BondPoint from Virtu and a stake in Euroclear from RBS. Here is a commentary written August 17 by Jim Greco of TradingPlaces about Virtu and the possibilities for BondPoint.~JJL Slides are available for download by STAC members on the STAC website. This is the Securities Technology Analysis Center, not Securities Traders Association of Chicago.~JJL Myron Scholes, Ph.D. will be speaking at the CFA Society of Chicago on November 17 at the Palmer House on “The Evolution of Asset Management: Risk Management.”~JJL LSE’s…

Record Assets Continue To Pour In To ETFs Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight OCC Cleared Contract Volume Down Nine Percent in September OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that cleared contract volume in September was 335,867,813 contracts, down nine percent from September 2016 volume of 367,641,787 contracts. OCC’s year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume is up three percent from 2016 with 17,038,958 contracts in 2017. jlne.ws/2fLfXfi Lead Stories Record Assets Continue To Pour In To ETFs Drew Voros – Nasdaq For the month of September, $28.2 billion flowed into U.S.-listed ETFs during the month, according to the latest data from FactSet. That follows inflows of…

The Fed Unwinds; BTS Launches BTS Spark John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The Giving Tree This is a different type of giving tree, so hang with me. There are a number of announcements to be made today. If you had not seen the information about the visitation for Les Rosenthal, here it is: Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd. Skokie IL 60077, today, September 19, between 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice. There are a number of charities listed. In recent days prior to the sad news, JLN…

US companies transformed into 800lb gorilla in bond market; Voice Brokers Beware: New MiFID Rules… John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Markets Media Group is pleased to present its 3rd Annual Markets Choice Awards: Women in Finance event, which will kick off Markets Media Week on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Women in Finance Are Back!. ~JK Chicago Tech Rocks returns September 28, 2017 at the Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark Street. Started in 2016, CTR is unique rock & roll fundraiser. Its sole aim is to DRIVE AWARENESS and RAISE MONEY in support of select non-profit schools and project-based learning programs that are helping prepare a new and diverse generation of technology talent. ~JJL If you…

LedgerX gets U.S. approval for derivatives on digital currencies; Wall Street’s Grip on Bond Trading Means a 1% Gain Takes 3 Years; Deutsche Bank Weighs Moving $350 Billion From U.K. to Frankfurt John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes We’ve heard the education, education, education mantra for many years now. Today’s JLN brings you some of the firms living up to that refrain – Magnetar, Divento, John Lothian News and Boy Scouts. How we teach the next generation of youngsters will define our industry in the coming years. ~JK One of the many cool things about JLN’s MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity summer education series is you never know exactly what any given person is going to talk about. Sometimes, the talks are so widely relevant and informative, it doesn’t matter if the audience…

Mystery Bond Trader Nets $10 Million on Treasury Strangle Gamble; Mystery trader’s massive bet on stock market going crazy by October; 2017 is a Record-Breaking Year for Both SKEW-Over-145 and VIX-Under-10 Values Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Is Canada’s ETF growth sustainable? Wealth Professional – Joe Rosengarten Canada’s ETF industry continues to break records. In June, Canadian ETFs attracted more than $3 billion in new money for the second straight month, but can that growth be sustained and what are some of the key drivers behind the record-breaking adoption in exchange traded funds? jlne.ws/2vSLuOW ****SD: On July 20, TSX announced it had hit 500 ETFs listed — 58 of those have options on MX. ADV in ETF options has been in the 40k-50k range for 2016/17. From 2009 to 2014 ADV was stuck under…