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Tax Law Change Means All Cash Grain Traders Are Not Equal, Better Bids or No Blog,Commentary,Mwiki,Politics,Regulation & Enforcement

Grain market players who are not part of farmer-owned cooperatives are alarmed over the potential impact on grain market origination of the recent changes to the U.S. tax code. In what appears to be an unintended consequence of bad tax bill writing, cooperatives have been favored over other market players in the form of a tax benefit to farmers for selling their grain to cooperatives rather than to private grain companies. This change in the way physical grain moves through the system could make it more expensive for consumers, as cooperatives exercise what appears to be newly granted monopoly powers…

Why the Internet is Going on Strike Commentary,Tech / HFT

Jeff Bergstrom

As a media company dedicated to the financial sector, John J. Lothian & Company would not ordinarily comment on proposed legislation unrelated to the financial industry.  However, as a media company and one that is a particular fan of the First Amendment, we feel this issue is of import not only to us but to all our readers, as the potential effects of this proposed legislation will easily reach into all our lives and businesses. On January 18, a number of websites including Wikipedia, Reddit and BoingBoing will be going “dark” in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)…

MF Global News (12/8/11 AM) Blog,Regulation

The latest news on the MF Global bankruptcy and fallout, published in the John Lothian Newsletter (subscribe here) the morning of December 8, 2011. In the wake of the MF Global bankruptcy, John Lothian Newsletter has created a special section on JohnLothianNewsletter.com devoted to news, information and commentary. The section features archived news stories featured in the John Lothian Newsletter, analysis and breaking news. Check regularly for updates. See the MF Global news section here.

MF Global News (12/2/11 AM) Blog,Regulation

The latest news on the MF Global bankruptcy and fallout, published in the John Lothian Newsletter (subscribe here) the morning of December 2, 2011. In the wake of the MF Global bankruptcy, John Lothian Newsletter has created a special section on JohnLothianNewsletter.com devoted to news, information and commentary. The section features archived news stories featured in the John Lothian Newsletter, analysis and breaking news. Check regularly for updates. See the MF Global news section here.

Futures Seeing Blue Commentary,Regulation

Jim Kharouf

As regulators, exchanges and firms comb through the mess that is MF Global, its painfully clear that this industry needs some self-examination. One of the life bloods of the futures business has come from retail and individual traders who help pump in liquidity. One may argue that some, even much of that needed speculative liquidity is now being supplanted by the proprietary trading shops and other institutional players in this space. Nonetheless, MF Global’s spectacular fall has harmed the reputation of the futures industry and produced what every good broker tries to avoid – lousy and in some cases disastrous customer experiences….

Paying off the Debt Commentary

John Lothian

One of the sound bites that I hear, including from people like the caustic ex-patriot Jim Rogers, is that the US will never be able to pay off its debt. They never should pay it all off. It would be nice for them to be able to get back to the place where they are not creating more or as much debt, but first things first. The debt of the United States, backed by the taxing powers of the strongest economy in the world, is something that has been around since the start of the republic. It is something that…

Open Letter to Congress Regarding Speculation Commentary

John Lothian

When futures prices go up, they are advertising for selling. When prices go down, they are advertising for buying. With futures prices going up for crude oil and many other commodities, a truth has emerged in the cash markets that we have not grown our farming, drilling, mining or processing capacity to meet the increasing demand of a developing global economy. High commodity prices are sending an important message. We need to listen to that message and respond. We need to respond to higher prices with more selling. We need to find a way to meet the growing global demand…