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Deutsche Boerse says about 20 banks join its clearing programme; Goldman Sachs has struck a deal with Bloomberg to help its stock trading business; CME says bitcoin futures coming this year, but date not set John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff My former employer from my First American Discount days back in the 1980s, William Mallers, Jr., opined on a recent email exchange he had with me about bitcoin on the Coindesk website. Bill has traded bitcoin since 2013 and is a big supporter of the crypto-currency. ~JJL NFA was named among the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in 2017. ~JJL The market cap of all companies listed on HKEX’s #HK markets hit $33.5 trillion today, setting a new all-time record. ~JJL HKEX is sponsoring “Realising the China Opportunity”…

Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win; Banks prepare to settle with Brussels over forex cartel probe John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read   Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Do you have a nomination for the Public Representatives for NFA’s Board of Directors? NFA is now taking nominations. ~JJL CME Group has updated their most popular whitepaper with the latest data and an all-new section comparing Treasury futures to Treasury notes.~JJL The United Church of Christ’s United Church Fund has modernized their exclusionary screening process. They have kept exclusions of Coal and Tar Sands Oil, Tobacco and Nuclear Weapons. They have added Firearms, Private Prison Operators, Human Rights and Environmental Impact as considerations. Here is a video about it. ~JJL…

Automation in FX markets; Giancarlo warns EU to stay off clearing turf; Rolet’s awkward departure John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read ABN AMRO Loves Fidessa By John Lothian – JLN The romance between ABN AMRO Clearing (ACC) and Fidessa is a strategic and growth-oriented one and the relationship is driven by James Fairweather. James Fairweather is the global head of execution services at ACC . He is driving this installation and rollout of Fidessa’s systems at ACC. ABN AMRO Clearing is hoping to expand beyond active traders into services for corporate clients and even prime broker services, and Fairweather said Fidessa’s platform is the right fit for the job. “The breadth of technology was better with Fidessa,” Fairweather said…

Rolet’s LSE Exit Gets Complicated; Saudi Purge; Paradise Papers John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff CME is pleased to sponsor the Women in Listed Derivatives Annual Symposium in Chicago. This year’s symposium will feature Holly Glowaty, co-founder of K + H Connection, a Fintech partnership company, followed by a panel of distinguished financial advisors taking an in depth look at “Women and Personal Investing.” The panelist are:  Carolyn Leonard, CEO and Co-Founder of Dymynd (moderator) Patricia DeChant, Vice President at CIBC Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management Mary DiChristafano, Graystone Consulting/Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management Julie Shechtman, Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management KhloÈ Karova, Owner…

CME Launching Bitcoin Futures; Hensarling Leaving Congress; Euronext Renews LCH Deal John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Are you on the right side of Bitcoin history? By John Lothian of JLN Shortly after JLN was published yesterday the news broke that the CME Group would be listing bitcoin futures in the fourth quarter of the year, joining the Cboe in such an offering. The price of bitcoin surged to new highs. Why did the price go up? Because a new group of suckers,…errr, new traders would be reached with this news and want to buy bitcoin. Why would they want to buy it? Because it is going up, of course. Greed. Why are the CME…

Clearinghouses Push Back Against Worries Over Their Size; Two Sigma rapidly rises to top of quant hedge fund world John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Bad news for Deutsche Boerse as the judge in the insider trading case against Carsten Kengeter declined to approve a settlement that was submitted by prosecutors. As reported by the FT, the case is crippling Deutsche Boerse at this time. It’s pretty hard to execute a strategy if you don’t know whether the CEO will remain. Nonetheless, Eurex has been posting some strong numbers in its interest rates complex this year. Brexit could open up more clearing opportunities for the exchange. Potential moves in other regions, say Asia, could open up some…

CBOE Holdings Becomes Cboe Global Markets; Clearing Stress Tests; SGX Chicago Office John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Welcome to Deep Dive, our new show that features in depth conversations with key professionals in the industry. Our first two shows include key professionals from Trading Technologies. Today, Brian Mehta, chief marketing officer, is joined by Doug Moneison, partner in Hyde Park Angels, along with Jim Kharouf, who hosts the show. The first episode delves into the topic of where the industry is going to get the next generation of talent, what we have to offer and the rise of new firms that aim to attract new traders. You can watch the show in…

Cohn Says Clearinghouses Could Create New Systemic Problem; EU and US agree to accept each other’s derivatives rules John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Jenny Knott stepped down as CEO of NEX Optimisation. FIA is hiring two people for its communications department: a director of communications working with senior management to develop, implement and coordinate our overall press and public relations strategy and thought leadership; and a director of editorial services managing member and industry communications, the production of editorial content and the delivery of that content to multiple audiences across multiple channels. More information is available HERE.~JJL Registration is now open for CMC’s annual State of the Industry Conference in Miami Beach — January 28-30, 2018~JJL Asia Pacific…

“Unwarranted” G-SIB reqs; Scared of the CAT; Vol comeback welcome Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight   Bitcoin rockets above $5,000 to all-time high Jemima Kelly – Reuters Bitcoin smashed through the $5,000 barrier for the first time on Thursday, jumping as much as 8 percent on the day as investors shrugged off the latest warnings on the risks of buying into the booming cryptocurrency market. jlne.ws/2yjA2jC ****SD: There will be plenty of crypto talk at FIA Expo next week, especially as exchanges progress with their nascent endeavors to launch crypto products. However, I still am not certain what percentage of people who talk about digital currencies/blockchain actually know what the heck makes…