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London loses oil futures listings as Mifid bites; Wall Street Is Claiming Tax-Cut Bounty; South Korea plans to ban cryptocurrency trading John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read A Grateful Scouter with a Big Silvery Beaver-Like Smile By John Lothian I was informed late last night that I am to be recognized for my contributions to Scouting with a Silver Beaver Award on behalf of Pathway to Adventure Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Beaver Award recognizes “registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.” I am honored to be recognized for my work on behalf of the Scouts, but this award is as much about you, the readers of this newsletter, and my creative and persistent use…

Deutsche Boerse Said to Favor UniCredit’s Weimer for CEO; Junk Bond Sell-off; Virtu’s Viola warns of clearing house risk John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff ICE announced a number of management team promotions today, including: Charles A. Vice has been named vice chairman, with continued responsibility for ICE’s global technology, information security and operations. He was previously president and chief operating officer, and has been with ICE and its predecessor company for more than 23 years. Press release here.~SR Click here for yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter.~SD See the latest thought leadership piece from Steve Grob of Fidessa, titled “Loophole lunacy” HERE.~JJL Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 14, 2017~JJL It appears there has…

London’s biggest clearing house open to more EU oversight; Exchanges stranglehold on data costs stifling market activity; Deutsche Boerse says open to index and data business deals John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Have you checked out the lineup for Trading Chicago? JLN The FOW-JLN conference Trading Chicago is on June 28th — less than three weeks from now. Is it on your calendar yet? Check out the lineup. Speakers this year include the Streetwise Professor Craig Pirrong, Leslie Sutphen and Gary DeWaal debating Dodd-Frank, Fidessa’s Steve Grob, Chris Hehmeyer and Joshua Yang talking about our markets in an age of populism with Carl Gilmore. Other notables include Jay Feuerstein of Budo Group, Richard Mackey of Rosenthal Global Securities and Tim Gits of Eurex and Chris Anderson of Itiviti talking about…

Staff for Florida regulators recommend continued gas hedging despite nearly $7 billion in losses; Reinventing the (Algo) Wheel; These Winning Positions Could Turn Into Market Migraines Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight When it comes to web searches, more options than expected Spencer Doar – JLN When compiling the options newsletter, we check a variety of search terms, feeds and websites to get a picture of the day’s activity. Given the ambiguity of “options” as a search term (even with added modifiers), searches invariably pull in results that have no relation to options in a derivatives sense. And that isn’t the the only instance of disparate search yields. You might be familiar with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, or OCC, which can be slightly confusing in…

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…

Hunting for Dirty Deeds in the $34 Trillion U.S. Futures Market; Clearing houses saddled with ‘too-big-to-fail’ tag; ASX’s blockchain may mean job losses John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Odds & Ends Jim Kharouf, JLN A busy day around Chicago yesterday. FIA held its Washington update lunch, where FIA President and CEO Walt Lukken told the audience that the pendulum on regulation is shifting back. He is hopeful that the new administration will adopt its recommendations for: smart regulation, open access to global markets and a focus on innovation from regulators. How this all comes about is still to be determined. We will have more from Walt soon on all three topics. Later in the day, I checked out the new trading platform from TastyTrade at the…

Sweet 16: The Tops for 2016 Special Report

At last fall’s FIA Expo Chicago, John Lothian News partnered with Cinnober Financial Technology to  bring you industry conversations, where we conduct short interviews with industry participants on the important topics facing the financial markets. The 2015 theme is “Sweet 16: The Tops For 2016.” What technology, regulation, exchange or macroeconomic issue or trend will be most important to our industry next year? We will take the 16 best ideas and thoughts and package them in a John Lothian News video series. Here is what our participants had to say: Part 1 – Exchanges: Exchange leaders will be dealing with…

John Lothian Newsletter: OCC owners want dibs on half the pie; Jon Corzine Considers Launching Hedge Fund; Clearing houses hit back at European plans John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Dodd-Frank in Action: Swap Dealer Risk Management Reviews Doug Ashburn – JLN The first few years after the signing of the Dodd-Frank Act, the the narrative was all about the future – how an estimated 400 rulemakings would be implemented and how participants would be affected. The future is here, as financial entities begin grappling with the new regulations. One such newly-implemented rule requires swap dealers, major swap participants (SD/MSPs) and futures commission merchants (FCMs) to undergo risk management program reviews. If you are keeping score at home, the SD/MSP reviews are required under CFTC Reg. 23.600 and…

Changing of the guard: Mike Cahill talks about new CEO post at OCC, and how things aren’t really changing Interview,Options

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Changing of the guard: Mike Cahill talks about new CEO post at OCC, and how things aren’t really changing Yesterday, Mike Cahill was named as the next CEO of the OCC, (formerly Options Clearing Corporation. The move marks a historical changing of the guard at OCC.  Cahill, currently president and COO at OCC, will take the post on January 1, 2014 and succeeds Wayne Luthringshausen, who has held the chairman and CEO posts for 40 years and is retiring at year end. The executive chairman’s position will be separated from the CEO post, and a search is still ongoing for…