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ETFs Create Stock Markets That Are Both Mindless and Too Expensive, Study Says; Equity derivatives no longer dominate derivatives trade; One Very Big Strike Against Active Management John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Healing wishes are in order for Cinnober Executive Chairman Nils-Robert Persson, who joined the club by undergoing knee replacement surgery. No word on whether he used a Nasdaq listed company’s joint hardware for the surgery. My presentation and panel for the Chicago Civic Federation at the Federal Reserve went well yesterday, though I could have been a lot sharper. The feedback was good, but my own grading was not high for my performance. I did learn a lot about government bankruptcy and the challenges faced by the City of Chicago and…