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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff For those of our readers who celebrate Easter, I hope this Easter holiday brings your family health, happiness, and lots of love.~JJL Easter is the only time when you can put all your eggs in one basket and get away with it.~JJL We included a link to a WSJ infographic earlier in the week titled “10 Years After the Crisis.” It contained info regarding what has changed in the time since the financial crisis. Apparently, since it was published, a senior WSJ editor tried to take it offline because it contained facts that…

U.S. considering ‘material changes’ to ‘Volcker Rule’; Stock Bulls in Trump Country; Replacing Libor is harder in practice John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read The Man Who Molded Chicago’s Merc; Leo Melamed, chairman emeritus of CME Group, helped make his company the world’s largest manager of financial exchanges. Now he’s focusing on the development of Asian markets Jacob Bunge – WSJ In 1939, Leo Melamed learned about the power of financial markets in a bakery in Vilnius, Lithuania. He was 7 years old, trying to use Polish money to buy a loaf of bread. Though Lithuania’s government had deemed the two countries’ currencies equal in value, the baker informed Mr. Melamed that he’d need two Polish zlotys for a loaf that cost…

US blocks Chinese-led takeover of Chicago exchange; This Short Seller Pressed ‘Tweet.’ Then the FBI Showed Up; John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Thursday’s near half marathon (almost 13.1 hours), CryptoCon 2018 event by FinTank was a smashing success by all accounts with coverage of everything from initial coin offerings to crypto markets from several different vantage points – lawyers, traders, brokers and exchanges. Well done, FinTank. You will see more coverage from the event below and in the coming days.~JK Wednesday’s Technology Advisory Committee of the CFTC fell on Valentines Day, which was also Ash Wednesday. Each member of the TAC was given a cupcake at their seat. No one was brave enough to eat…

Chinese-backed bid for Chicago Stock Exchange hits a snag; Nasdaq seeks boost from bitcoin products; Clash Between Founder and Protégé Plunges Och-Ziff Into Crisis John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The FIA’s volume release today revealed global futures and options volumes in 2017 were flat, with 25.1 billion contracts traded. Options volumes were up 11 percent and futures volumes slipped 6.6 percent. The top exchange by volume was CME Group with 4 billion contracts traded, up 3.7 percent from 2016, followed by the National Stock Exchange of India with 2.4 billion contacts, up 16.3 percent and the Intercontinental Exchange with 2.1 billion contracts (futures and equity options), up 4.3 percent. ~JK John Lothian News revamped its MiFID II page in Marketswiki. The page…

Could the ‘Intellicator’ Spill the Market’s Secrets?; 2 Chinese investors drop out of bid for Chicago Stock Exchange John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes This evening is the LaSalle Street Trading Tech Awards at the Chicago Board of Trade Building supporting the Pathway to Adventure Council of the Boy Scouts of America. John Hague of RSM and I are the co-chairs of the event. I would like to thank John for his leadership and also the management of the CBOT Building, Glenstar Properties, for helping make this event happen. This event is the reincarnation of the LaSalle Street Dinner Dance where the who’s who of the Chicago financial community would party under a circus tent in front of the…

US brokers secure SEC relief to comply with Mifid research rules; Startup Exchange Cleared to Take on NYSE, Nasdaq for Stock Listings John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Cinnober has introduced subsidiary Minium to provide real-time post-trade technology and services to international investment banks. ~JJL FIA Global’s Simon Puleston Jones addressed the House of Lords EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee on the potential impacts of Brexit on the cleared derivatives industry. ~JJL Apologies – there was a problem with the link in yesterday’s Hits & Takes to the commentary by Jim Greco of TradingPlaces about Virtu and Bondpoint. Here is a new link, which has been double-tested for connectivity. Also, we have created a page for BondPoint on MarketsWiki. ~SR NFA:…

SEC Approves Chicago Stock Exchange’s ‘Speed Bump’ for Trading; Trading Firms Fear Mutiny on MiFID Passport Data John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN ICE has made the inaugural Fortune Future 50 list, their ranking of companies best positioned for breakout growth.~JJL The FIA Expo panel on the geography of fintech was a draw regarding which city is best – London, Frankfurt/Berlin, Chicago, Boston or New York. But noted places of envy were the fintech sandboxes in Ontario and London.~JK Quote of the day comes from Kyle Zasky, partner at the investment bank SennaHill Partners, who said large banking institutions are at risk of being disrupted by fintech start-ups if they do not embrace and invest in…

White House commits to ending Wall St tax loophole; SEC Chairman Froze Agency’s Approval of Chicago Stock Exchange Sale John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Today we have part one of a two part series titled “The CFTC and Fintech Innovation, Goals of LabCFTC” featuring an interview with CFTC Chief Innovation Officer Daniel Gorfine. ~JJL The FIA has asked me to moderate a panel at EXPO on customer protection. I said yes. ~JJL The FIA has put out a recommendation on market integrity, “FIA recommendations to streamline CFTC regulations and enhance market integrity.”~JJL SGX is offering a course titled “Secret Trading Techniques of a Proprietary Trading Firm Revealed (Course Preview).” I am not sure the secrets will…

Nasdaq Sues Rival Exchange, Alleging Stolen Tech Secrets; New Worry in ‘Repo’ John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read The Patent World By Jim Kharouf We’re back in court today. Nasdaq has filed suit against Miami International, the parent company of MIAX, the youngest of the US options exchange groups. On Friday, Nasdaq announced it had filed suit for patent infringement and stealing Nasdaq secret information by MIAX, which has hired a number of former Nasdaq and International Securities Exchange professionals. In Friday’s top story from Bloomberg, the Nasdaq suit claims that “MIAX instead relied on or piggybacked off of the Nasdaq trade secrets and other technical know-how acquired by former Nasdaq employees during their tenure at…