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NYSE in Talks to Buy Chicago Stock Exchange John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff For those of our readers who celebrate Easter, I hope this Easter holiday brings your family health, happiness, and lots of love.~JJL Easter is the only time when you can put all your eggs in one basket and get away with it.~JJL We included a link to a WSJ infographic earlier in the week titled “10 Years After the Crisis.” It contained info regarding what has changed in the time since the financial crisis. Apparently, since it was published, a senior WSJ editor tried to take it offline because it contained facts that…

CME Group Seals Deal to Buy U.K.’s NEX for $5.4 Billion John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series dates are set for Chicago and New York. This is the 6th year of the series that began in 2013 in Chicago. The New York events will again be held at Nasdaq at the Marketsite in Times Square. Nasdaq will again be an event sponsor. The Chicago series will be held on July 30, 31 and August 2. The first two days will be at the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Tech. The last day will be in the offices of Trading Technologies. Both IT…

Intercontinental Exchange Announces Marketing and Communications Leadership as Kelly Loeffler Prepares to Depart John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Chris White and Viable Markets have invited me to participate in their Crypto Evolved – The Innovator’s Conference. The conference will look at “As Wall Street Meets Silicon Valley, Who Will Dominate the New Crypto Currency Frontier?” The conference will be held on June 27 at the New York Athletic Club.~JJL Kelly Loeffler is leaving her role as head of communications for ICE – did you know she is co-owner of Atlanta’s WNBA team, the Dream? ~SD A big thank you to Kelly Loeffler for her service to ICE and the industry. I…

What the World’s Governments Are Saying About Cryptocurrencies John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff A young man from my church is going to graduate from college in May and is looking to embark on the beginning of his career in finance. He eventually wants to work in the hedge fund area. I told him there are many paths to get there. He is an outstanding young man, an Eagle Scout from a good family and already dresses like he could be a London banker. He is the founder and president of his college’s investment club and finance director for a consulting company and his college fraternity. If…

Bank of America ‘systematically’ misled clients about stock trades John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Robby Lothian is home from the hospital and doing well. Thank you for the notes and prayers.~JJL My three nephews collaborated on a music video in support of the March For Our Lives movement. Here is Andrew Lothian’s “Good Guy with a Gun” music video.~JJL Our first video from the FIA International Conference in Boca Raton, FL is with Garry Jones, the former CEO of NYSE LIFFE and the LME. Jones is now done with his garden leave and looking for his next challenges. We picked his brain about Brexit, bitcoin and China….

CME Considers Bidding for Michael Spencer’s NEX Group John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Wednesday night I was about to head home when I ran into a friend outside the Bar Luna at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. He told me about a rumor the CME was going to buy NEX and some other details about potential counter-bids or the sale of parts of NEX that CME may not want. That news caused me to stay at the bar until 1 PM in search of other sources, but I found none. I did find sources yesterday who confirmed the CME was having an emergency board meeting,…

What’s the Biggest Trade on the New York Stock Exchange? The Last One John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff CFTC Chairman Chris Giancarlo opened his speech to the FIA International Conference in Boca Raton by honoring Leo Melamed and his contributions to the industry upon which all market participants benefit. Leo is the giant “upon whose shoulders we all stand,” Giancarlo said, noting Leo had announced his retirement from the CME Group’s board. It was a classy display from the popular CFTC Chairman. Kudos Mr. Chairman!~JJL During the lunch at the FIA Conference, before the presentation by the journalist and author Walter Isaacson, a tribute video was shown honoring Mike Dawley, who…

Ten Years After the Bear Stearns Bailout, Nobody Thinks It Would Happen Again John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Stephen Hawking the physicist who reshaped cosmology has died (via Bloomberg) at the age of 76. HERE is the WSJ’s story too.~JJL Boca Bits: The Singapore Exchange (SGX) saw record FX trading in 2017, with notional value in FX futures of $952 billion since their launch in November 2013, as well as record trading in iron ore of 16 million contracts. It was the first exchange in Asia to offer MSCI Emerging Market futures, and in 2018 SGX plans to complete its suite of MSCI index derivatives to offer investors the ability to…

Central Banks Urged to Study Digital Currency Risks and Rewards John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Boca Bits: Today we announced in a Special Report to the readers of this newsletter that John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. has begun work on a microwiki site named CryptoMarketsWiki.com. Click HERE to see the release.~JJL Jessica Titlebaum Darmoni, founder of The Title Connection and co-founder of WILD, was on Anthony Crudele’s Futures Radio Show recently. Here is the link to LISTEN.~JJL Seismic Foundry closed its second investment on Monday with a regulation technology start-up called Enforcd, which provides a regulatory database for institutions. The platform includes news, analysis and statistics that…