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Ready to Follow Through – Chris Concannon, Cboe Feature,Mwiki,Video,video

CBOE and Bats officially became Cboe Global Markets in 2017, which meant much of the year was spent laying the foundations for further integration. Of course, there was also the under-the-radar launch of a crypto futures product, too. In this video from JLN’s annual series with industry leaders, Chris Concannon, Cboe’s President and COO, talks about complex order book functionality, the future of a crypto ecosystem at Cboe, how Cboe prepared for more technology migrations on its exchanges and more.

What the World’s Governments Are Saying About Cryptocurrencies John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff A young man from my church is going to graduate from college in May and is looking to embark on the beginning of his career in finance. He eventually wants to work in the hedge fund area. I told him there are many paths to get there. He is an outstanding young man, an Eagle Scout from a good family and already dresses like he could be a London banker. He is the founder and president of his college’s investment club and finance director for a consulting company and his college fraternity. If…

Bear Stearns Meltdown Wreck; Decision time for Michael Spencer; Deductive Reasoning or Insider Trading? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Potential CME-NEX Deal Is Full of History, Dilemma, Risk and Reward John J. Lothian – JLN For many years, the Chicago Board of Trade had cash treasuries envy, wanting to add the trading of cash treasury bonds and notes to its offerings. For many years, the CME has had cash currency trading envy. Both exchanges, now part of the CME Group, have tried to compete in cash Treasury and FX through various collaborations and initiatives. None of them succeeded. Chicago Board Brokerage and FXMarketSpace are long gone, but the desire to add treasuries and cash FX trading has…

Central Banks Urged to Study Digital Currency Risks and Rewards John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Boca Bits: Today we announced in a Special Report to the readers of this newsletter that John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. has begun work on a microwiki site named CryptoMarketsWiki.com. Click HERE to see the release.~JJL Jessica Titlebaum Darmoni, founder of The Title Connection and co-founder of WILD, was on Anthony Crudele’s Futures Radio Show recently. Here is the link to LISTEN.~JJL Seismic Foundry closed its second investment on Monday with a regulation technology start-up called Enforcd, which provides a regulatory database for institutions. The platform includes news, analysis and statistics that…

Bitcoin-Futures Regulator Clears Employees to Trade Crypto Coins John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff It is with sadness I report the passing of Betty Bergstrom, mother of my wife, Cheryl Lothian and of my brother-in-law and JJLCO CIO, Jeff Bergstrom. She died Saturday in Chicago at the age of 86. Betty was a natural leader, an elected official, non-profit executive and advocate for women and children. Here is the obituary we are submitting to the newspapers in Chicago and Phoenix.~JJL Do you know what Vermeg is? The firm just bought Lombard Risk and is expanding its footprint. We have a new page up on the company in…

Deutsche Boerse ends Asia expansion plans; NYSE, Nasdaq Fighting to Keep Grip on Market Close; Hodgkinson leaving Euronext John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff John Lothian News will be bringing our video team to Boca for the FIA International Conference in March. We will again be shooting our exchange and industry leader video series. If you have some suggestions for topical subjects or persons to interview, email me.~JJL Yesterday we issued a Special Report for the Trading Technologies and GDAX/Coinbase news and Jim Kharouf shot a short video to introduce the story he wrote. I did a short Twitter live piece as an experiment to promote the Special Report. It went fine, except my tie was not…

Man vs. Machine in Battle for a Better Stock Index; Strategy of ADM approach to Bunge; DTCC’s Vision For U.S. Equity Market Structure John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff SGX reported that the Emerging Markets Asia Index jumped 40 percent in 2017, surpassing the 20 percent rise in the MSCI World Index. SGX’s MSCI Taiwan Index rose 14 percent. ~JK Part 2 of CME Group’s five-part Webinar Series “Inside Eurodollar, US Treasury and Fed Fund Futures Markets” takes place this Wednesday, Jan 24. The topic is the practical application of U.S. Treasury futures. You can go here to register.~SR HKEX set a new turnover record in futures and options today, with a day session record of 1,779,740 contracts and whole day total…

S&P 500 Rallies With the VIX; Credit Suisse Predicts Volatility Range; Arcane Oil Options Indicator Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight You Can’t Rain On Our Parade: Cboe’s Big 2017 Includes Bitcoin Futures. Can It Overcome Regulatory, Margin and Volatility Headwinds? Jim Kharouf – John Lothian News To hear Cboe Global Markets Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly tell it, his exchange group is firing on all cylinders and adding new ones to the engine. The exchange boasts the top US equity options market and has a lock on volatility products with the VIX futures and options and related exchange traded products. Cboe now has the top pan-European equity market and the second ranked US stock market, as well…

Strong 2017 Options Volumes; FX Options Traders Get Wake-Up Call; Cryptocurrencies Steal Volatility Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Editor’s Note: In light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will not be a JLN Options newsletter on Monday. US Options Volumes Strong in 2017 Despite Record Low Volatility Tabb Options Liquidity Matrix US equity options volumes in 2017 increased 3.1% over 2016 totals, reaching 4.19 billion contracts, the third-highest annual total in the past 10 years. 2017’s volume was surpassed only by the record-setting 4.56 billion contracts in 2011 and 4.27 billion contracts in 2014. The volume growth in 2017 is indicative of clients’ increasing use of equity options to manage risk as well as the…