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Young CEO Reshapes 140-Year-Old Metals Exchange; ICE Completes Trayport Deal w/ TMX; America’s Inequality Is Sending the Dow Soaring John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Georgetown McDonough School of Business offers a new fintech class. John Jacobs, executive director of the school’s Center for Financial Markets and Policy, will teach the course along with Perianne Boring, founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce.~JJL The 2018 World Inequality Report is out. Spoiler alert – income inequality is increasing in “nearly all world regions in recent decades, but at different speeds.” Lots of graphics to parse through. The charts comparing Western Europe’s top 1% vs the U.S.’s top 1% on page 8 are pretty stunning.~SD CME Group has…

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…

JLN Managed Futures: Redemptions Continued In March, Q1 Flows Negative; 4 cyber security keys for CTAs; Commodity Hedge Funds Are Hot Again Managed Futures,Newsletter

Observations/Commentary BlackRock Capital Market Assumptions BlackRock Institutional The BlackRock Investment Institute publishes capital market assumptions every quarter. We cover two time horizons: long-term equilibrium capital markets assumptions that can be used as key inputs for strategic asset allocation, and five-year assumptions that take into account how we think current economic and market conditions will play out in the medium term. bit.ly/1QFzP8e ***DA: This graph was sent along to us last week. Given the tepid forecast for traditional assets, perhaps alternatives deserve a greater look. 180 Years of Market Drawdowns by Ben Carlson – A Wealth of Common Sense “We tend…

JLN Managed Futures: SEC Launches Examination of Alternative Mutual Funds; Managed Futures Endure a Tough July; Use of alternative investments rising among the affluent Managed Futures,Newsletter

Observations/Commentary MarketsWiki Education Series Videos, First Installment Beginning today, John Lothian News is rolling out the videos from our recent summer intern education series. We begin with a talk from IIT professor Ben Van Vliet, who has written several books on high frequency trading systems and market structure. He has tremendous insight into what makes HFT firms tick, and how the organizational structure of these firms has migrated as the markets mature. Please check out the 13 minute mini-lecture, and feel free to pass it along to anyone who may be interested. Then scroll down for today’s top news from…