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Hedge Funds Facing U.S. Criminal Probe Over Bond Valuations; Deutsche Börse expands its offer for start-ups; The Volcker Rule: How Trump’s New Regulator May Unleash Big Banks John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Options Industry Conference Update: Congress Continues To Push For Avoiding Unintended Consequences in Tax and Dodd-Frank reforms By Jim Kharouf and Jeff Bergstrom, JLN The 35th Annual Options Industry Conference kicked off on Wednesday with a major focus on Washington, especially on a host of new proposals on tax and Dodd-Frank reforms. The conference, hosted by Intercontinental Exchange’s NYSE in Scottsdale, Arizona, led with an interview with Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY 23rd District) who outlined initiatives to address tax reform in 2017. Reed told OCC’s Executive Chairman and CEO Craig Donohue that the tax reform may have enough…

Chicago retains role as capital of derivatives industry; Fintech Firm Could Help Unravel Mysteries Behind Flash Crashes; Who Cares About the Fed? Not the World’s Biggest Bond Fund John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Philip Stafford, Financial Times – “The Most Valuable Commodity I Know of is Information” MarketsWikiEducation.com “A market without information doesn’t trade, doesn’t move anywhere. It’s illiquid. Nothing happens and everybody goes away — [that’s] the last thing anyone wants. So information ends up being the most critical thing of all.” Philip Stafford of the Financial Times is both an insider and an outsider in the financial world. He does not make markets, code risk management software or hawk new share offerings to prospective clients. On the other hand, he speaks with people from all corners of the the…