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CFTC Opens Way to Bitcoin Futures; More Bitcoin; Brexit May Leave Banks on the Hook for Impossible Contracts John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Putting on My Broker Hat About Bitcoin By John J. Lothian, JLN Everyone is asking about bitcoin. A journalist called and asked to interview me. A magazine called and asked me to write something. A brokerage firm chief risk manager called to ask me my opinion about bitcoin and bitcoin futures. Two weeks ago, a former employer I have not seen in 10 years called me out in Coindesk.com for my bitcoin qualms. At the dinner table my son Robby opened up about owning not just bitcoin, but bitcoin cash, ether and monero. This is a full-fledged mania….

NYSE Wants Delay on End-of-Day Co. Announcements; T+2 Settlement; Banks join forces to create digital currency John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Today’s featured speaker from the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in Chicago is Michael Patak of TopstepTrader.~JJL The very last page of Deutsche Boerse‘s 425th anniversary pamphlet covering its chronology from 1585-2010 simply says “Part 2 of this booklet will be published in the year 2435.” Who says the Germans don’t have a sense of humor? ~SD Did you know that Megan Morgan of Eurex created a charity named “One Refugee Child” to help give out strollers to refugees on their migration?~JJL If you would like to see a man hold a Starbucks coffee…

John Lothian Newsletter: Deutsche Börse takes step nearer Singapore clearing house; Big fund managers form new dark pool equity trading venue; Swiss franc fallout claims more casualties John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Focused: What The Industry Knows About Transparency (Part 2) JohnLothianNews.com Back in November, the industry gathered for the annual FIA Expo event in Chicago. There, John Lothian News used an exhibitor booth (Thanks Cinnober!) as its studio to ask industry participants key questions about transparency issues in today’s markets. Part 2: What solution would you suggest in order to improve transparency in the markets today? Watch the video » ++++ China funds become new force in global commodity trade By Henry Sanderson in London and Lucy Hornby in Beijing, FT China’s Shanghai Chaos investment fund is named after…