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Investors seek more protection; Hong Kong attracting bearish options; Volatility of cryptocurrencies Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Investors seek more protection against risk of a Wall St plunge; A gauge that tracks hedging against a fall in US stocks is near a record level Joe Rennison and Nicole Bullock – Financial Times Investors are stepping up efforts to insure their portfolios against a sharp drop in US stocks, as fears intensify that Donald Trump will struggle to deliver an economic stimulus package that has helped propel the market to record levels this year. /goo.gl/JqUedw ****SD: A CBOE SKEW index story. For more, check out Matt Moran’s blog from last Friday – Demand for Disaster Protection…

Wall Street’s Cowboy Traders Find New Riches In Bitcoin And Cryptocurrencies John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff From today’s report The Highs and Lows of Spoofing the Market convicted market spoofer Michael Coscia‘s “order-to-fill ratio (the average size of his total orders divided by the average size of orders he filled) was 1.6 percent. The ratio for other traders ranged between 91 percent and 264 percent.”~JK HKEX is closed today due to a big storm, or what some call Typhoon Signal No. 10.~JJL John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. has joined the International Commodity Derivatives Association, formerly known as the Swiss Futures & Options Association or SFOA, as a…

Tokyo Stock Exchange takes aim at Japan’s corporate ghosts; U.S. Default? Unlikely, But Bond Traders Are Taking No Chances; Deutsche Börse CEO Looks to Cut Deal John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes Our video today from MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Chicago 2017 features NFA President and CEO Tom Sexton.~JJL There is a signup form on the Upcoming Events page of the MarketsWikiEducation.com site for college students to sign up for our MarketsWiki Education Recruiting event on the afternoon of October 16 at the CBOE.~JJL Spencer Doar, Mike Forrester and John Lothian will be in Washington, DC from September 12 to 15 for the Securities Traders Association annual regulatory conference.~JJL Today we have a blog from Jim Falvey about cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology. See it below.~SR…

Tudor and Brevan Howard abandon Mifid; Bitcoin Surges Past $4,000 on Speed Breakthrough; Barclay CTA Index gains 0.64 per cent in July John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Former John Lothian News contributor Carlise Newman, who worked on the John Lothian Newsletter in the pre-MarketsWiki era, passed away late last year. Former Dow Jones reporter Howard Packowitz recently shared this news on Facebook. We were sorry to hear of her passing.~JJL If you haven’t watched Tom Sosnoff’s take on why passive investing is the worst thing to happen to investors, you can catch it in today’s featured video from our MarketsWiki Education event in Chicago this month.~JK FIA Expo will be in Chicago before you know it. October 17 to…

Indexers Push Back Against Wall Street; Virtu Is Said to Explore Sale of Fixed Income Unit BondPoint; Fledgling quant funds seek to disrupt Wall Street John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff John Lothian News and John Lothian Productions are teaming up for a value-laden offer to become a sponsor of MarketsWiki at the Friend level. A Friend Level sponsorship is normally $2000 and a 2-3 minute production video can cost from $2000 to $3500, depending on the inputs. For $3000 we will give you both a Friend Level sponsorship of MarketsWiki with 25 pages with your logo and banners on them and a 2 to 3 minute production video. If you are interested, please contact John Lothian.~JJL Do you like table tennis? Ping…

Intercontinental Exchange Announces Agreement to Acquire Global Research Index Platform from Bank of America Merrill Lynch; HKEX Announces Senior Appointments; This Blockchain Bubble Might Be a Good Thing John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Getting Animated About Trading Chicago JLN If you haven’t signed up for the FOW-JLN conference Trading Chicago on June 28th, it is a solid program worth checking out. Speakers this year include the Streetwise Professor Craig Pirrong, Leslie Sutphen and Gary DeWaal debating Dodd-Frank, Fidessa’s Steve Grob, Chris Hehmeyer and Joshua Yang talking about our markets in an age of populism with Carl Gilmore. Other notables include Jay Feuerstein of Budo Group, Richard Mackey of Rosenthal Global Securities and Tim Gits of Eurex and Chris Anderson of Itiviti talking about opportunities in the red hot interest rate markets….

What is Blockchain? Blog

What Blockchain Is and Is Not One of the most frequent topics we are reading and hearing about these days is blockchain technology. The articles run the gamut on how it will affect the financial industry, but very few articles explore what it really is and is not, and how it works. To many, blockchain is a magic box where things are recorded or registered, and that is supposed to help…maybe…somehow, something in the transaction process. The first step is distinguishing between Bitcoin and blockchain. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that uses blockchain technology to work. It is not uncommon to…

John Lothian News Special Report: Unchained: How Blockchain And Bitcoin Are Going Mainstream Special Report

Adam Honoré, CEO of the fintech consulting firm MarketsTech, keeps a stock certificate on his wall of a dot com bust called Broadvision. While it’s a painful reminder that he is a much better technologist than stock picker, that certificate is now emblematic of a new technology – blockchain – that could ultimately change the structure and infrastructure of financial markets. Blockchain technology, defined as a ledger of all Bitcoin transactions that have been executed, both threatens and offers a unique opportunity for the financial markets. Because blockchain technology is able to hold critical information on the ownership of a…

John Lothian Newsletter: BATS exchange offers plan to boost volume in thinly traded stocks; Hong Kong Poised to Top Japan as World’s No. 3 Stock Market; CFTC Defers LME’s Application, Cites Warehouse Delays John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Why most millennials don’t invest in the stock market By Jillian Berman The kids are scared of the stock market. Just 26% of people under 30 are investing in stocks, according to a survey published Thursday by Bankrate.com, a personal finance site. That’s compared with 58% of people between the ages of 50 and 64. jlne.ws/1EgeZeA ***** This is an issue I have been concerned about since the financial crisis hit. I know how the Great Depression impact the psychology of an entire generation, turning many into hoarders. ++++ Mike Bloomberg is formally knighted by UK By David…