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Lone Democrat on U.S. Swaps Regulator to Leave Before Term Ends; CFTC Democratic Commissioner Sharon Bowen To Step Down; Brussels in late effort to tighten rules limiting off-exchange trading John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian CFTC Commissioner Sharon Bowen has had enough. Or more accurately, she can do the math and her best move is to step aside and let the Washington political process proceed. Congress likes to send up paired nominees for confirmation to the CFTC, but we need two Republicans and one Democrat confirmed to get to the full five-member CFTC. By stepping down, Bowen sets up the ability of Congress to send up a pair of Democrats to go with the pair of Republicans. Hats off to Bowen for her work on the…

Trump to nominate ex-NYSE Euronext VP Dawn DeBerry Stump to CFTC; The Riddle of the Wall Street Brain Drain; Derivatives Industry Sends Warning to EU on Brexit Clearing Move John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian This week will see the JLN team back together, though Sarah Rudolph is taking a couple of days off. Jim Kharouf and Mike Forrester returned safely from London after attending IDX. During the week and at the conference, the JLN team shot 24 video interviews covering exchanges, technology and regulation. Those interviews will be rolled out starting this week. I am back from the woods and caves of Kentucky where we had a perfect week of weather while exploring Mammoth Cave and surrounding attractions. I am proud to report my daughter…

Cold as ICE: Sprecher asks UK, How much do you love me? Feature

In the battle for financial markets in Europe, exchanges would like some more communication about why they should stay in the UK. To hear one exchange leader tell it, UK markets could use a little more love. At the 10th annual FIA IDX conference on Tuesday, ICE Chairman and CEO Jeff Sprecher said UK regulators have not communicated with ICE much about how they could work together and keep ICE Europe’s operations more firmly in London.  In the wake of Brexit and the upcoming MiFID II rules in January, not to mention the ongoing questions about equivalent financial regulations after…

Newest Criminal Spoofing Case Features Coordinated Spoofing and Front Running Blog,Commentary,Feature

The following is a guest post by Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor and partner at Thompson Coburn LLP.   On last Thursday, June 1st, the Justice Department entered into a plea agreement with a trader named David Liew, publicly revealing the existence of the third-ever criminal spoofing case, which had been filed under seal on January 3rd. In the plea agreement, Liew admitted that from December 2009 to February 2012 he conspired with other precious metal traders to engage in spoofing on hundreds of occasions and to commit fraud by misleading other market participants via his spoof trades.  Liew’s…

Correction: NFA and FINRA Do Recognize Other Regulator’s Bans Americas,Blog,Commentary,Investing & Trading,Mwiki,Regulation,Regulation & Enforcement

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It turns out that the NFA and FINRA do jointly recognize the bans of other regulators already. In the specific case I mentioned, that of Jon Corzine, he would register if necessary with the SEC. Whether the SEC will recognize the ban of another regulator is a question I am still awaiting an answer. There is a loophole that was expanded by Dodd-Frank that allows hedge funds with less than $150 million to not have to register with the SEC. Tom Sexton of the NFA responded to my inquiry by saying: With regard to your column last week, you should…

Deutsche Börse investors take aim at chief over failed LSE deal; CFTC looks to modernise with FinTech plan; John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read CBOE Celebrates Exit of Long-tenured Employees at Chicago Gala By John J. Lothian The CBOE held a gala event at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago last night to celebrate the long and successful careers of several key employees whose tenure dated back to the nascent years of the exchange. Among those honored were Ed Provost, Philip Slocum, Thomas Knorring, Gerald O’Connell, Thomas Brady, Debra Peters and former chairman and CEO Bill Brodsky. Over 200 years of experience in the world’s first and leading options exchange will retire or move on with the CBOE closed…

White House Nominates Former House Aide for Republican CFTC Vacancy; CME Group Announces Record Open Interest of 125.7 Million Contracts; Global alert to prepare for fresh cyber attacks John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read How Do You Save the Capital Markets? Kennedy Looks to Lead Market Revamp By Jim Kharouf, JLN Nasdaq’s Kevin Kennedy is my new hero. The senior vice president and head of equity options, on stage at the Options Industry Conference last week, spoke about taking the lead on a new initiative to change the existing financial and regulatory structure for financial markets. And he urged the other exchange executives from the other four major options markets to join him. In today’s political environment, it takes courage for someone to stand up and say they want to fix the…

White House Weighs Renominating Ex-House Aide to CFTC; Russell 2000 Index Futures and Options to Return to CME Group July 10; Big US banks defy calls they should be broken up John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Good Friday By John J. Lothian Many markets are closed today for the Good Friday holiday. This was not always the case. I spent many a Good Friday in my day working my trading desk for markets that were open. Yesterday I learned something about the word “Eucharist” when a customer of the Jewish faith wished me “Happy Thanksgiving.” Eucharist in Greek means Thanksgiving. My minister shared this definition during our church’s Maundy Thursday service. Many years ago, when I was on the board of deacons of the church I grew up in, we used to recreate the…

Empty Seats at Regulators Hold Back Trump Bid to Undo Dodd-Frank; Clearing houses see record volume as new rules boost activity; ETFs Are the New Bond Kings John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read End of a Series Today concludes our annual Exchange Leaders Series from FIA Boca, with an interview with Matt Chamberlain, interim CEO at the LME. In all, the series included eight different exchange executives who sat down to speak with us at the conference last month. If you haven’t seen them, they are all included below. Each has their own way of summing up 2016 and what is happening at their respective markets in 2017. The FinTech Exchange conference tickets went fast yesterday. Thanks to all who played. The conference is in Chicago on April 27. Tickets, just…