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John Lothian Newsletter: Singapore Exchange in talks to buy Baltic Exchange; CFTC Chief Rejects Calls to Set Aside Trading Caps; Citadel in new attack on IEX application Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces: Can Bill Herder Play Tennis In a Kilt? And much more: position limits and our next guest editors Jim Kharouf and Doug Ashburn, JLN THE KIDS With FIA Boca right around the corner it is time to get serious – this is about tennis and kilts. While tennis skirts have been around for some time, kilts have been around much, much, much longer (see Braveheart, where a Scotsman is played by an Australio-American). This year, the Futures For Kids kilt challenge has been taken up by Bill Herder, a wee man who may be the…

John Lothian Newsletter: National Stock Exchange relaunches, aims to shake up U.S. industry; ASX eyes ‘blockchain’ for risk management of market trades; OPEC Sees Demand for Its Crude Oil Falling for Rest of Decade John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read MF Global Advocate Koutoulas At Center Of Controversy Again By Mark Melin – Value Walk Until recently, the derivatives industry was most often ignored, overlooked and dismissed as too complex or arcane to warrant attention in the mainstream. For many who worked deep in the industry, this was just fine. They didn’t seek the limelight or public acclaim. But scandals such as the $1.6 billion disappearance of funds in the MF Global case and a stunning if oddball fraud and suicide attempt at Peregrine Financial Group (PFG) put the industry and its regulators into the limelight. Now that…

John Lothian: Spoofing Went Mainstream in 2015; Deutsche Bank Tally of Suspect Russia Trades at $10 Billion; SEC Appeals Process on the Slow Track John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Strength In Smaller Numbers Jim Kharouf – John Lothian News President & Editor-in-Chief Back in the mid- to late 1990s, I used to head up the most read edition of the year for Futures Magazine, called the Top 40 Brokers issue. We highlighted the Top 40 Futures Commission Merchants by assets held in customer accounts, also known as required segregated funds, along with other metrics reported to the CFTC With the number of FCMs whittled down to 54 today, the former Futures, now Modern Trader, just published a Top 30 article Top 30 Brokers: Mean, lean and ready…

John Lothian Newsletter: Nasdaq to Acquire Chi-X Canada; Carbon Markets Are Making a Slow, But Steady, Comeback; Citadel makes third appeal to SEC over IEX application to become exchange John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read 36 Years Later By John J. Lothian Yesterday the star quarterback during my early college years at Purdue visited my office. Mark Herrmann, now working for the University in a fundraising role, visited the offices of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. to learn about my career and story. Herrmann, like me,  is also a graduate of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue. Of course, his post collegiate career started in the National Football League, where he played quarterback for 12 years after being drafted by the Denver Broncos. Herrmann was dealt to the Indianapolis Colts in…

John Lothian Newsletter: Nasdaq to Acquire Chi-X Canada; Carbon Markets Are Making a Slow, But Steady, Comeback; Citadel makes third appeal to SEC over IEX application to become exchange John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read 36 Years Later By John J. Lothian Yesterday the star quarterback during my early college years at Purdue visited my office. Mark Herrmann, now working for the University in a fundraising role, visited the offices of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. to learn about my career and story. Herrmann, like me,  is also a graduate of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue. Of course, his post collegiate career started in the National Football League, where he played quarterback for 12 years after being drafted by the Denver Broncos. Herrmann was dealt to the Indianapolis Colts in…

John Lothian Newsletter: Why Morning Is the Worst Time to Trade Stocks; Psychological scars fuel investor jitters over Fed rates; 3Red set for ‘spoofing’ legal battle John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read All Smalls and Mediums: Richard Sandor Looks To Transform The Small and Mid-Tier Bank Sector (Part 2) JohnLothianNews.com Over the past 40 years, Richard Sandor has created some of the most successful products in financial markets, from interest rate futures to greenhouse gas derivatives. Now he’s shifted his attention to small and mid-sized banks with a new exchange platform that could transform the way in which those Main Street institutions lend, borrow and set interest rates for themselves. Sandor spoke with John Lothian News about his new venture, the American Financial Exchange, and the future for his latest…

John Lothian Newsletter: Euronext nominates Santander’s Boujnah as new CEO; CBOE, Northern Trust and Sandor team on new financial exchange; Citadel pushes into European swaps market John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Rockin Out for Kids A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO) held its pre-Chicago Rocktoberfest event last night at Subterranean to raise money for kids who need prosthetic limbs or surgeries in developing countries. Ray McKenzie and Jen Justice rocked out a great cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Badlands.” McKenzie’s band and several other notable industry pros will be playing at ALTSO’s big events in New York and Chicago next month. ALTSO’s 12th Annual Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest will be held in New York at Capital on October 15 and Rocktoberfest in Chicago will be held on October 22. Tickets for…

John Lothian Newsletter: China freezes Citadel unit’s account in war on stock speculation; Renewable energy sector runs the risk of overpowering market; Commodity Rout Spurs Worst Resource Currency Meltdown in 7 Years John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Video Killed the Radio Star: J2’s Esposito Stresses Importance of Digital Media JohnLothianNews.com “Video is king. Video is everywhere.” Joan Esposito, co-founder of the media consulting firm J2 Strategic Communications, said that more companies are putting CEOs and other key personnel in video for their websites, internal communications and external strategies. “That’s wonderful because it puts a human face and hopefully a passionate face on the company,” she said. “But if they make a video like that and they are dull or not energetic, or not passionate, or not clear, that’s not helping your company.” Watch the video…

John Lothian Newsletter: ‘Groundhog Day’ Sets Tone for Assault on Europe’s Futures Giants; irtu IPO Tests Perceptions of High-Speed Trading; Ben Bernanke Will Work With Citadel, a Hedge Fund, as an Adviser John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Best of Both Worlds: Fidessa’s Steve Grob on Keeping Tech Costs Low JohnLothianNews.com With rapid changes in the financial industry, firms are challenged to keep their technology robust and resilient while at the same time being secure and compliant, says Steve Grob, director of group strategy for Fidessa. He spoke with John Lothian News at the FIA Boca conference about this technology balance as well as what companies like Fidessa are doing to address IT costs. Watch the video » ++++ Eurex Exchange co-sponsors University of Chicago Midwest Trading Competition Eurex On 11 April 2015 Eurex Exchange has…