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John Lothian Newsletter: Nasdaq to Buy International Securities Exchange; Here’s Why Fintech Companies Are Opting to Stay Private; Why Citadel opposes IEX’s stock exchange application John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read The Curious (or Not So Curious) Case of Our Current Regulatory Environment Carl Gilmore, President, Integritas Financial Consulting In the old days on the exchange trading floors there used to be a saying – “No matter what you did the night before, you have to make the bell.” The clear implication being that a hangover was no excuse for not showing up and doing your job. In some ways the current regulatory environment is like a big hangover. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that after the credit crisis, MF Global, Peregrine, Lehman and Sentinel, etc. that the regulatory community…

JLN Managed Futures: CTA Launches Fall to Lowest Level Since 2006; R.J. O’Brien (UK) Limited Wins “Best FCM – Innovation” Award At CTA Intelligence European Services Awards 2015; Barclay CTA Index Down 0.78% in October; Global Equity Rally Challenges Trend Followers Managed Futures,Newsletter

Observations/Commentary Emerging Manager Forum Miami, Conference Update CTA Expo Don’t miss out on Emerging Manager Forum Miami 2015, December 10 at the Eden Roc Hotel! Registrations this year are still running ahead of registrations last year. We now have over 200 registered, including 80 registered as capital sources and 48 participating traders; nearly 50% of those attending are Hedge Funds. The registration trends that began last year seem to be continuing with substantial numbers from South Florida and many new names. The Conference Program is now available online. In it you will find an informative and engaging mix of speakers…

JLN Managed Futures: The Top 10 Managed Futures Performers of September; Carlyle-Owned Hedge-Fund Firm Hands Investors a Big IOU; Alternative funds are taking center stage Managed Futures,Newsletter

Observations/Commentary Emerging Manager Forum Miami, December 10, 2015 Emerging Manager Forum is a unique forum for money raisers and asset allocators to meet and discover fund managers and promote alternative investing. From dedicated presentations to opportunities for networking, Emerging Manager Forum provides a forum for allocators and fund managers to do business. ***DA: Have a look at the video we shot last month, and consider a trip to Miami next month. Katie Burgoon, Trading Technologies – Gone But Not Forgotten: How The Floor Trader Mentality Can Prepare Everyone For Success JohnLothianNews.com “You would never have met a floor trader who…

JLN Managed Futures: Commodity inflows fizzle after strong start in first quarter; Top US fund managers attack regulators; The Top 10 Managed Futures Performers of April Managed Futures,Newsletter

Observations/Commentary FinTech Chicago Gets Democratic JohnLothianNews.com Today’s financial technology dialog is often about a word you don’t usually associate with it – democracy – bringing software, data, reporting, testing and trading to the masses. And it’s not just one size for everyone – its customizable too. At the FinTech Exchange 2015 Chicago event, 13 firm executives spoke during its lightning round. So John Lothian News took the best of two hours of presentations and condensed into 3 minutes. Here’s how some of those firms are democratizing and customizing technology for all of us. Watch the video » Are CTAs Good…

OCC Lingo: SIFMU Stands For Clearinghouse Changes Interview,Options,Regulation,Video

The OCC was designated a systemically important financial market utility (SIFMU) in 2012. That has meant some big changes at the organization, along with challenges in risk management and credit and liquidity resources. John Lothian News spoke with John Fennell, executive vice president, financial risk management at the OCC, formerly the Options Clearing Corporation, about what the organization is doing to insure that it meets these and other regulatory obligations. “As a SIFMU, we need to make sure we have continuous access to liquidity sufficient to run the business,” he said, “So that even in a failure we can meet…

JLN Managed Futures: CTAs enjoy second strongest quarter since 2008; Why most millennials don’t invest in the stock market; Hedge fund machines cash in – again Managed Futures,Newsletter

Observations/Commentary New York – CTA Expo, April 29 CTA Expo CTAExpo New York is a one day conference, consisting of speakers and panels combined with extensive networking opportunities. Attendees can attend any of the presentations throughout the day or decide to talk and network with other industry professionals. In 2014 CTAExpo conferences in New York and Chicago again had capacity attendance while attendance at Emerging Manager Forum Miami was up almost 20% and had over 100 attendees from the Florida Alternative Investment Community. jlne.ws/WXbIGg NEW YORK 2015 – National Introducing Brokers Association Join fellow IBs, CTAs, CPOs, APs, regulatory officials…

JLN Managed Futures: Managed futures enjoy rare strong performance; Barclay CTA Index Gains 1.63% in August; Why managed futures aren’t getting the job done Blog,Managed Futures

Observations/Commentary Which Direxion for 40 Act Funds Jim Kharouf, John Lothian News The question for many in the managed futures industry at the CTA Expo in Chicago last month was where the next opportunity will come from. Several years now into the next big thing – managed futures mutual funds or 40 Act Funds – there is great hope and great potential for the product, depending on who you speak with. It could be the product that zaps the managed futures industry out of its doldrums and finally brings this sector into the mainstream investing circle in a big way….

JLN Managed Futures: Nine Reasons To Just Say No To Managed Futures; CTAs seize July’s choppy markets; CalPERS just struck fear in the hearts of venture capitalist everywhere Managed Futures,Newsletter

July proved to be good month for managed futures with a variety of measures showing growth for the month, while 2100 Xenon’s Managed Futures partnered with Russell. Long-term investing in managed futures got a boost from a new report by Forward Management, but a Forbes article offers nine reasons to “just say no.”