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Senate votes to confirm slate of three CFTC commissioners; Bats fires up debate over NYSE and Nasdaq closing auctions; LSE’s New Brexit Plan to Protect London Financial-Hub Status John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed Chris Giancarlo as Chairman, Quintenz and Behnam as Commissioners.~JJL The latest in Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News for August 3, 2017 is available here Trade Alert President Henry Schwartz‘s talk is today’s video from MarketsWiki Education. The other videos we have released so far are Everyone Can’t Be the Best from former NYSE Euronext CEO Duncan Niederauer, The Concept of Basis from Gregg Doud, president of the Commodity Markets Council, and The State of Today’s Markets: Issues and Opportunities from Tabb Group founder…

Chicago’s Newest Trading Floor Will Be Staffed by Humans; NYSE on Track to Lose More ETF Listings; Big asset managers struggle to meet Mifid II deadline John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff BOX gets SEC approval for a trading floor, the CBOE picks the Winklevoss twins for bitcoin futures and earnings news from ICE and LSEG is among today’s top headlines. ICE and LSEG came out with earnings today. Check it out in Exchange News. ~JJL I like context. Morgan Housel has a blog – An Honest Business News Update – with a lovely reminder humanity is more than the sum of what gets the publicity. ~SD We have added a Hello Bar to the bottom of the MarketsWiki Education website] and to the…

Goldman Sachs Finds Itself in Unusual Spot – Last Place in Trading; Banks May Need $50 Billion New Capital After Brexit; Bitcoin’s Civil War – What You Need to Know John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff On October 16, John Lothian News will be holding a one day intern recruiting event and a session of MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity series at the CBOE. The purpose of the event, timed to occur the Monday of FIA Expo week, is to attract college students to hear from industry leaders and have them talk to participating firms about internship opportunities. Interns will be able to drop off resumes, interact with firms recruiting teams and even shoot a one minute video interview that will be shared with participating firms. They will…

JPMorgan develops robot to execute high-speed trades; London Metal Exchange – what’s next for the new lord of the ring?; The Great Corn Clash Is Coming as U.S., Brazil Farmers Face Off John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Today we share with you the remembrances of several industry colleagues of the late Magnus Bˆcker on his life and the impact it had on them and our markets. We hear from Craig Donohue of OCC, Sutat Chew and Michael Syn of SGX, Adena Friedman of Nasdaq, Walt Lukken of the FIA, Nandini Sukumar of WFE, Phupinder Gill (formerly of CME Group), Nils-Robert Persson of Cinnober and Terry Duffy of the CME Group.~JJL Jim Kharouf is on a well-deserved vacation this week with his family. John Lothian has returned from Boy Scout…

Commodities Are Good for Traders, Bad for Investors; Trading Technologies appeals another Patent Board decision involving Interactive Brokers, TradeStation, IBFX; MarketAxess chooses Amsterdam as EU base after Brexit John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes We concluded our MarketsWiki Education series for the summer last week at Trading Technologies on Friday. Between three sessions in New York and four in Chicago over the previous two weeks, we had more than 500 attendees and 42 speakers from the industry. We will be posting videos of those presentations in the coming days. A thanks to all our sponsors for helping us make it happen – CME Group, CBOE, Nasdaq, IFM, Trading Technologies, IIT, Barchart, OCC, Thomson Reuters. ~JK Did you know “central counterparty clearing was invented in 1872 by the Minneapolis Grain…

Britain Hasn’t Been This Politically Risky in 40 Years; Machines Poised to Take Over 30% of Work at Banks, McKinsey Says; Insider trading probe into Deutsche Boerse CEO still open: prosecutor John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits and Takes By JLN Staff + Special Guest, Ray McKenzie Six years ago, we had the idea to bring A Leg To Stand On‘s Rocktoberfest to Chicago and the results have been astounding. We have now hosted five Rocktoberfests and, in the process, raised over $400,000 for A Leg To Stand On. We couldn’t be happier with how things have turned out. For those who don’t know, Rocktoberfest began in New York City 14 years ago as a group of music-loving members of the financial community came together to make music and raise funds for ALTSO, a…

Frankfurt Is the Big Winner in Battle for Brexit Bankers; Robotic Hogwash! Artificial Intelligence Will Not Take Over Wall Street; Wall Street Profits by Putting Investors in the Slow Lane John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Yesterday was a success for the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity at the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Tech in Chicago. We had six strong speakers who were appreciated by the audience of industry interns. Rick Cooper, a professor at IIT’s Stuart School of Business, talked about the importance of the markets for funding companies and ensuring fair prices, and how participants help the economy in general by driving out market inefficiencies. Tom Sexton, NFA CEO, said that without regulation from bodies such as his (and FINRA, and the CFTC, etc.)…

Special Report: How Brexit is set to hurt Europe’s financial systems; SEC’s Clayton Calls on Agency to Ease Disclosure Burdens on Public Companies; Fed Will Unwind the Balance Sheet at an Awkward Moment John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read MarketsWiki Education: Day Two in the City That Never Sleeps By Spencer Doar, JLN Associate Editor (& Comedian in Residence) What digs! Day two of our MarketsWiki Education series in the city so nice they named it twice was hosted by Thomson Reuters in their penthouse level Carnegie Hall Auditorium overlooking Times Square. Of course, the only way to get the Carnegie Hall Auditorium was via the “practice” elevator. There were a few speed bumps along the way, but that was mostly due to Elaine Wah, IEX’s head of market quality. (Kidding of course — Wah spoke about…

Clearing Firms Simulate Lehman-Like Default During Brexit Chaos; Lawmakers urge SEC to stop Chicago Stock Exchange’s China deal; NYSE Revamp Steps Up Threat to Speed-Fighting IEX Exchange John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian We have a couple of changes to our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in New York due to some last minute scheduling conflicts. Jennifer Nayar will be replaced by Brian Cassin, head of product and strategy for North America for Vela Technologies. Also, Louis Modano will be replacing Michael O’Rourke of Nasdaq. Modano is chief information security officer at Nasdaq. Last, Anna Irrera, a fintech correspondent of Reuters will represent Thomson Reuters at the event on Wednesday. We have closed registration for the Friday event at Trading Technologies next week…