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The Man Who Triggered a $10 Billion Commodity Collapse Finally Speaks; Big Ag Firms Face New Threat John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Bailey Kessing of Trillium is the focus of today’s video from our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in New York. I believe Bailey is the youngest person we have had as a speaker at our MWE programs. Bailey was also the 2018 winner of the women’s longest drive contest at FIA Boca, which is a first for us too.~JJL One of the highlights of The Voice of Blockchain event next week will be a presentation from Brittany Kaiser, the whistleblower who helped expose the abuse of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica. The…

Binary options are dead; Heat wave slowing markets; LCH’s record first half John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Sunday members of the JLN team head to New York for the summer’s first sessions of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity. On Monday we are at Thomson Reuters in Times Square for one session. On Wednesday we are at Nasdaq for two sessions. The details of the events and sign up information is available HERE. Don’t forget to sign up your interns or send your college age children. On Tuesday, Nasdaq is hosting two sessions of Trading Tech 300 and Nasdaq’s Allan Schoenberg will be teaching a merit badge workshop on the Public…

Sweeping Overhaul of Bank Rules Clears U.S. House John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter


First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff A follow up to our top read article yesterday: A story in the Mid Sussex Times on the death of HSBC’s Cian Burke reported that he died after a collision with a tractor near Splayne’s Green in the UK, while riding with his son Tom and a friend.~JK The Executives Club of Chicago event “Bitcoin Boom: Defining Chicago’s role in the Cryptocurrency Market event” on Tuesday featured Sunil Cutinho, president of CME Clearing, who said blockchain will not be the clearing disruptor some believe. He said real time settlement on the blockchain may…

Why Germans Are Getting Fed Up with America John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Notes from Consensus 2018 – Day 2 Chuck Mackie – John Lothian News As expected, Day 2 of Coindesk‘s Consensus conference lacked some of the energy and fireworks of the first day but it did manage to defy what seems to be a law of nature: fewer people in attendance at the second day of an industry event when compared to the first. In this case, Coindesk announced that total registration ticked up to over 8,500 and it was definitely harder to fight the lines for lunch on the second day compared to the first. Somehow I survived….

CFTC Official Urges SEC to Clarify Ether’s Status John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter


First Read Notes from Day One at Consensus Chuck Mackie – JLN If you had any doubts about the swelling surge of interest in cryptoassets, you only had to try and check in to Coindesk’s Consensus conference in midtown Manhattan around mid-morning on Monday. The line snaked its way back and forth through the 2nd floor lobby, down the escalator and out of the front door of the hotel, and it took up to two-and-a-half hours for the reported 7,700 attendees to check in for the event. Consensus began four years ago with 500 true believers in attendance, grew to…

VIX Faces Probes With Controversial Auction at Issue John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter


First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Congratulations to OIC’s Mary Savoie and the OCC/OIC team that organized this year’s Options Industry Conference. The venue was great, the weather nice and the execution of the conference was terrific.~JJL No one wanted to sponsor a porta potty for the OIC beach cabana party yesterday. Something about bad branding. I suggested OCC should have sponsored them. After all, OCC is where our liquidity is pooled.~JJL We forgot to unlock the video interview with WFE’s Nandini Sukumar. The video is now unlocked and available for viewing. Our apologies, but shame on all of…

Why Profiting From Wall Street Fear is No Longer Easy for Cboe John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Crypto Regulation Is Just Getting Started Jim Kharouf – JLN One thing is certain about regulation of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets. We’re in the earliest of stages. And we’re caught between industry participants clamoring for clarity and regulators taking varied and measured approaches. It’s an awkward time for this market as new ideas and uses for initial coin offerings range from the next great financial payment system on blockchain to the world’s first blockchain toothbrush that lets you mine coins by brushing your teeth. Last month, the Institute For Financial Markets hosted its second Smart Regulation Roundtable…

Milk Is Risky Business. Got Futures? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff CME Group reported its E-mini S&P 500 futures average daily volume rose 17 percent in April to 2.4 million contracts, E-mini Nasdaq future rose 107 percent to 490,000 contracts and E-mini Dow futures rose 82 percent to 261,000 contracts. It also reported record open interest in copper options, Fed Fund futures and 18 record OI days for soybean futures.~JK Quartz is holding a free event in London on June 5, “Cryptocurrency’s Journey into Mainstream Culture.” The event will be at The Relay Building, 1st Floor,114 Whitechapel High Street, London.~JJL The London Stock Exchange…

A Goldman Trading Desk That Once Had 500 People Is Down to Three John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The Wall Street Journal’s Did Chicago Exchanges Muscle a Rival Out of Town? A Jury May Soon Decide yesterday was the most read story of the year on JLN. Names to remember not included in the story are: Rudolf Ferscha, Michael McErlean, Andreas Preuss, Harris Brumfield and Satish Nandapurkar.~JK NFA is seeking an Analyst of Financial Analysis and Surveillance for NFA’s New York Compliance Department. The Analyst is responsible for supporting NFA’s regulatory programs through financial surveillance of Members, with an emphasis on the managed funds sector, investigations and Member services.~JJL Information on…