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NYSE Cuts Jobs at CHX; Trump Lost Investors’ Confidence; Alleged NYSE Scheme John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Correction from JLN yesterday. Renato Mariotti will be speaking at MarketsWiki Education on Thursday, not Monday as scheduled. Bill Weldon was moved to Monday and Jessica Darmoni will speak on Tuesday.~JJL Today’s MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity event will again be at the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Tech on West Adams in Chicago, starting at 3:00 p.m. CT. Here is our list of speakers: *John Tornatore – Cboe Global Markets *Mike Phillips – VSEC LLC *Jessica Darmoni – The Title Connection *Melinda Schramm – The NIBA *Don Ross – CODA Markets…

The Markets Will Stop a Trade War; Nasdaq’s Crypto Policing Meeting; Forest Fires John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff We have three changes for the upcoming MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in Chicago. Renato Mariotti was called to Atlanta by CNN on Monday, so he will not be speaking on Thursday, August 2. We have moved Bill Weldon from Tuesday to Monday to fill Renato’s space and moved Jessica Darmoni from Thursday to Tuesday to fill Bill’s vacated spot. There is always some last minute change. ~JJL Priceonomics posted a blog about which companies in the S&P 500 generated the most revenue per employee (RPE) in 2017. 13 of the top…

Derivatives trader carousel continues; Vol begs volume in June Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – Playing Ketchup – 7/19 JohnLothianNews.com As there was no installment of “The Spread” last week, we added a brief lightning round to the end of this week’s options news recap. This week’s episode also features celebrity appearances by Mr. Bill and the Kool-Aid Man. Watch the video and see the stories referenced here » ++++ TGIF Miscellany Spencer Doar – JLN According to Tabb’s Options Liquidity Matrix, the year-to-date volumes of all five U.S. options franchises (Nasdaq, NYSE, Cboe, MIAX and BOX) are beating 2017 volumes. HKEX’s USD/CNH Options hit a record high with…

Texas Heat Record; Wall St. Unprepared for Libor’s Absence; Trump’s Trade Tweets John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Are your interns signed up for MarketsWiki Education in Chicago on July 30, 31 and August 2? This don’t miss series still has some room for more. Sign up at www.marketswikieducation.com.~JJL With the large number of stories out there about artificial intelligence taking over (see yesterday’s piece in The Trade) – it’s fitting to relink to a JLN video from earlier this year – Myths and Misconceptions Surrounding Artificial Intelligence. Basically, saying “artificial intelligence” doesn’t always mean the super complicated thing you think it means. The video features Inderdeep Singh of CME Group,…

Goldman’s Next Step For Post-Blankfein Era; Buy-side voluntary clearing John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Since I will not be at the final day of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity on August 2, the JLN team will take turns introducing the speakers that day. Sarah Rudolph, Spencer Doar, Jeff Bergstrom and summer intern Robby Lothian will take turns. I will be in a hospital bed recovering from hip replacement surgery.~JJL For the first time in over 10 years, I will not be attending Boy Scout summer camp. My hip to be replaced the next week is too much to handle while living in a tent for a week.~JJL…

It’s WAR! Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight TGI (Tariff) Friday SD – JLN Round 1 of the official tariff tiff began last night. How are you feeling? While foot traffic has diminished in downtown Chicago this week as vacations take their toll on active headcount and the usual “summer quiet” stories making the rounds, I don’t feel lulled (other than the dearth of options specific news). The “lack of lull” feeling isn’t totally out of place. Daily notional turnover on U.S. NMS exchanges in June was $350.1 billion compared with a summer norm of <$300 billion. (July has been slower thus far.) “China this,…

Wall Street wants more female traders; EU emerging as new markets sheriff John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff A number of CME disciplinary notices hit the wire yesterday, most pertaining to violations of Rule 575.A. (Disruptive Practices Prohibited). One individual, another individual and a brokerage were penalized for spoofing-related activity (entering and canceling orders to get a fill on the other side or to determine depth of book). Another notice was for misreporting block trades. Lastly, there was a fine assessed to JPMorgan for a nat gas position limit violation. ~SD Eurex held a technology and regulatory update in Chicago yesterday. The room was full during the trading engine updates, less…

Donald Trump has shaken my faith that markets will remain free John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The Eurex US lawsuit against the CBOT/CME Group is still an open question, according to sources at IDX. I thought it was a done deal and the CME won, but that may have been a little premature as we await a final written ruling.~JJL Among the many interesting pitches from the innovators’ session at IDX was Ascent Technologies’ CEO Brian Clark, who said its reg tech platform was able to update a new ruleset change by the FCA in 2.5 minutes, a process the regulator said takes them 18 hours.~JK Brian Lynch, CEO…

Tax Law Change Means All Cash Grain Traders Are Not Equal, Better Bids or No Blog,Commentary,Mwiki,Politics,Regulation & Enforcement

Grain market players who are not part of farmer-owned cooperatives are alarmed over the potential impact on grain market origination of the recent changes to the U.S. tax code. In what appears to be an unintended consequence of bad tax bill writing, cooperatives have been favored over other market players in the form of a tax benefit to farmers for selling their grain to cooperatives rather than to private grain companies. This change in the way physical grain moves through the system could make it more expensive for consumers, as cooperatives exercise what appears to be newly granted monopoly powers…