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John Lothian Newsletter: ICE beats CME to Trayport with $650m deal; Nasdaq in talks to buy Chi-X Canada for about $100 mln; End of ‘Too-Big-to-Fail’ Banking Era Endorsed by World Leaders John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Paris by John J. Lothian I love Paris. I just visited this great city twice this fall, and three times in the last 13 months. My heart goes out to the residents of Paris and those impacted by these barbaric acts. I am heartbroken at the loss of human life in these attacks. Of course the reaction has been to fight violence with violence in the form of air attacks against ISIS, who claimed responsibility. But violence begets violence. We also need to find a way to respond with love. Justice for those who are guilty, but only…

John Lothian Newsletter: ICE to boost default funds; U.K. Bans Ex-Rabobank Trader in First Individual Libor Penalty; Would-Be Financial Whiz Is Charged With Stealing From Investors John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Looking Up: RJO’s Gerry Corcoran Bullish On Managed Futures Jim Kharouf – JLN As CEO of one of the largest FCMs in the world, Gerry Corcoran of RJ O’Brien has diversified its services from futures execution and a clearing member firm to a host of other markets and businesses including managed futures. To him, the managed futures space has a lot of room to grow. JLN editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf sat down with Corcoran last week at the FIA Boca Conference to talk a bit about his views of the managed futures space. Q: What do you see in…

There is no Fear in Fear Itself Commentary,Financials

In compiling today’s newsletter, two themes stick out like sore thumbs. First, the world seems to be getting the message that current policy is having less and less impact, and the side effects of such policy may be worse than the disease itself. Meanwhile, asset prices keep lurching forward, and there is little to no fear in this market. Case in point: with each data release these days, the time at which the Federal Reserve may begin scaling back its bond-buying program gets pushed further and further down the line. While the previous excuse for the delay had been lingering…