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JPMorgan develops robot to execute high-speed trades; London Metal Exchange – what’s next for the new lord of the ring?; The Great Corn Clash Is Coming as U.S., Brazil Farmers Face Off John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Today we share with you the remembrances of several industry colleagues of the late Magnus Bˆcker on his life and the impact it had on them and our markets. We hear from Craig Donohue of OCC, Sutat Chew and Michael Syn of SGX, Adena Friedman of Nasdaq, Walt Lukken of the FIA, Nandini Sukumar of WFE, Phupinder Gill (formerly of CME Group), Nils-Robert Persson of Cinnober and Terry Duffy of the CME Group.~JJL Jim Kharouf is on a well-deserved vacation this week with his family. John Lothian has returned from Boy Scout…

As Grain Prices Cool Down, Options Volume Heats Up Commentary,Options

When the USDA released its quarterly grain stocks numbers on June 30, corn and soybean markets took a nasty tumble that lasted several days and sent prices to their lowest levels since 2010. When the USDA released its world supply and demand report two weeks later, grain markets eroded further as acreage and yield predictions, combined with current carryover stocks, are pointing to a possible storage glut next year – a phenomenon not seen in the U.S. for a number of years. As corn and soybean prices retreat from the lofty levels of the past few years – corn down…

Five Minutes with Ryoichi Seki, SVP of Global Business Development at TOCOM Interview,Metals

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Last month exchange leaders and market participants from around the world travelled to Chicago for the FIA Expo. Ryoichi Seki, senior vice president, global business development at the Tokyo Commodity Exchange flew in from Japan and sat down with JLN Metals editor Sarah Rudolph to talk about TOCOM’s newest developments, strategies for growth, challenges to the metals industry, and regulatory changes in Japan. Q:  TOCOM announced that it would add a suite of agricultural products from the Tokyo Grain Exchange to its lineup and launch an agricultural market in February of 2013. Which products will you add when you take…