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John Lothian News Top Stories of 2011 Blog,Environmental/Energy,Financials,Managed Futures,Metals,Options,Regulation,Tech / HFT

John Lothian

We’ve created a list of the five most influential stories of 2011 for each of our newsletters, as well as from MarketsReformWiki, to help define what was a very eventful year across almost every market and industry sector. The year was punctuated by one major story inside another. The bankruptcy of MF Global, which requires its own top five list, became tied to another top story, the European sovereign debt crisis sequel – Greece and Italy. Of course, the downgrade of U.S. debt in August and assorted European states raised the ire of politicians and regulators who called for more…

Setting Things Straight Commentary,Regulation

John Lothian

I was amused by Senator Bernie Sanders disclosing confidential information about market participants of the 2008 energy market. Even though this information was confidential and restricted by criminal law from being disclosed by anyone at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, there were no rules against Congressional disclosure. Right or wrong, Senator Sanders found a legal loophole and used it. If you underestimated your political risk, that is your fault. We are in a time of increased political risk. In this newsletter, we have long focused on non-price oriented risks. That includes political risk. Headline grabbing political risk is the…

Needing a Bigger Boat Commentary,Tech / HFT

John Lothian

NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Boerse decided they needed a bigger boat.  NASDAQ OMX decided they needed a bigger boat.  ICE is building a bigger ICE boat one deal at a time.  Lots of firms every day decide  they need to get bigger in order to meet the challenges in front of them. On Friday, as I was returning from Brussels from a day of meetings introducing MarketsReformWiki, the line from the movie Jaws popped into my head.  “We need a bigger boat.”  I had seen the shark, the European market regulatory reform shark jump out of the water and it…

The ICE-man cometh Commentary

Jim Kharouf

(The first time something like this happened John was away. This time, John is away on a trip. This goes to show that the world turns, even when John is away or as I see it, it turns more meaningfully when Jon Matte and I are running the newsletter.) I doubled checked with ICE to make sure this wasn’t some kind of elaborate Jeff Sprecher April Fools joke. If this bid from ICE and Nasdaq for NYSE Euronext succeeds, ICE could pull off the biggest deal and perhaps one of the best deals in exchange history. ICE’s portion would mean…