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A Grateful Scouter with a Big Silvery Beaver-Like Smile Blog,Giving News

I was informed late last night that I am to be recognized for my contributions to Scouting with a Silver Beaver Award on behalf of Pathway to Adventure Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Beaver Award recognizes “registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.” I am honored to be recognized for my work on behalf of the Scouts, but this award is as much about you, the readers of this newsletter, and my creative and persistent use of the goodwill that you have showered on me for my work here. I…

MarketsWiki Hits 100 Million Page View Mark Blog,Commentary

MarketsWiki crossed the 100 million page view mark yesterday. 100,000,000! Talk about big data! MarketsWiki is what transformed John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. into a real company with employees, culture and ambition. Before it launched, JJLCO was just me and a deal with Jim Kharouf on the Environmental Markets Newsletter. From the idea I shared at the FIA Boca Conference in 2007 sprung the platform that would allow JJLCO to utilize the goodwill it had built up and turn that into cash to build MarketsWiki, which now has more than 22,000 pages. Jon Matte was the first hire and…

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Compilation from John Lothian News Blog,Giving News

When John Lothian was nominated by colleague Doug Ashburn to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, he graciously accepted, then issued his challenge to the readership of the John Lothian Newsletter.  Here is an assortment of the videos we have received.

Weathering a Storm Blog,Tech / HFT

I had lunch with John Lothian and Doug Ashburn this last week. It was a nice day when got to Ceres so we sat outside. Soon after we ordered, our waitress rolled out the recently installed, maroon umbrellas to hide us from the impending rain clouds. The sky got darker and raindrops got heavier but John stubbornly did not want to move, so we sat outside and talked throughout the entire storm. We talked about the industry and how it had changed. It’s no secret that times have been tough. We’ve fallen down but picked ourselves up, brushed off the…

Doug Ashburn Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Blog,Giving News

On August 17, 2014, Doug Ashburn, vice president and editor-at-large at John Lothian News, accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued by his son Colin. He dedicated the challenge to friend and industry veteran David Setters who has been battling ALS (or Motor Neurone Disease as it is known in the U.K.). Ashburn challenged colleagues Jim Kharouf and John Lothian, who proceeded to challenge the readership of the John Lothian Newsletter and the entire derivatives sector.

HFT in the Crosshairs Commentary,Regulation,Tech / HFT

When Michael Lewis’ “Flash Boys” hit the bookshelves a couple weeks ago, it was as if a giant HFT target had been placed on the shooting range. Since then, the calls for HFT curbs, taxes, and other regulation have become increasingly shrill. While John Lothian News has been saying for years that the equity market structure is broken and in need of a fix, too much of the current narrative is based on misinformation and partial-truths, and its chief critics have consistently, if not willfully, misrepresented the facts. A new round of shots was fired this weekend, this time at…

Settling the LIBOR and FX Settlement Mess Commentary,Financials

Doug Ashburn

The rapidly expanding probe into foreign exchange manipulation has certainly given journalists, pundits and regulators something else about which to write, talk and consider rules. Near as I can tell, though, these financial benchmark foibles are, by and large, not so much about rooting out pervasive evils so much as moving the inner workings out of legacy structures and into the modern world. I like to compare it to the evolution of the settlement process in the listed world during my futures trading career. In the olden (and not so olden) days, daily settlement prices were decided by committees made…

John Lothian News Launches New Comprehensive News Website Blog

John Lothian News Launches New Comprehensive News Website JLN Announces JLN Financials; Sarah Rudolph Named Managing Editor of JLN John Lothian News (“JLN”) is pleased to announce the launch of an eponymous comprehensive news website, johnlothiannews.com. The new site will combine content from all previous JLN newsletter sites and MarketsWiki.tv into a single dynamic multimedia news portal, displaying all JLN original content, newsletters, commentaries, stories, videos and interviews. JLN is also pleased to announce the launch of JLN Financials, a new newsletter that will replace JLN Interest Rates, JLN Forex and parts of JLN Metals. JLN Financials coverage will include…

Five Minutes With Scot Warren Financials,Interview

Scot Warren

Scot Warren is senior managing director of equity index products and services at CME Group, a position he has held since February 2010. He is responsible for leading the company’s equity and equity index product lines, including new product launches such as the U.S. dollar-denominated Ibovespa futures contract, which is set to launch Oct. 22, 2012. Warren spoke with John Lothian News Editor-at-Large Doug Ashburn about the new Ibovespa contract, how it differs from the existing Brazilian real-based Ibovespa that trades at BM&FBOVESPA (“BVMF”), and how this product launch fits with current trends in market participation, capital and regulation, and…