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US financial regulators warn investors on bitcoin risks; Asian buyers spur bitcoin rise John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff A new survey from DTCC shows geopolitical risk as a top 5 concern of 69 percent of those surveyed – an all-time high. Plenty of other fun stats and infographics in there to digest.~SD Deutsche Boerse turned 25 years old. I believe I was once told that the average age of the people who started it was 28. ~JJL Have you seen the Chicago Blockchain Project?~JJL Yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter covered the lack of FX volatility, the potential for bitcoin options and the short vol trade.~SD The NFA staff coordinated the donation…

Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Fintech,Investing & Trading,JLN Subgroups

Aren’t people supposed be getting into holiday mode? Isn’t December supposed to be slow, with nothing but junior staff running around trying not to mess things up?  In the cryptocurrency space, that’s clearly not the case. The CFTC on Friday said CME Group and Cboe Global Markets were okay to launch their respective bitcoin futures products through the self-certification process. CME quickly announced it would launch bitcoin futures on December 18, and then on Monday morning, Cboe announced a December 10 launch date and free trading for the first month to help the contract gain traction. Cboe’s contract will trade…

New Deutsche Boerse chief; Bank bond-rigging case; Americans don’t know why they buy Bitcoin John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read WILD Women Make Sound Investment Decisions; Women will have $22 trillion of investing wealth by 2020 By Sarah Rudolph – JLN Managing Editor Now that women actually have their own money, they – like men – need to know how to make it grow with savings and investments. Women are projected to have $22 trillion of the investing wealth by the year 2020 – they had better know what to do with it. Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD), which has become well known for its efforts in the advancement of women in the financial industry, brought together another…

Futures for trucking; End of LME open outcry?; Nasdaq ETF “heist” John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Longtime COMEX member Irving Redel died peacefully at home surrounded by family on October 27, 2017 at the age of 94, according to the New York Times.~JJL The fall edition of Advantage Futures Inside Advantage is available HERE.~JJL Financial News published a list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Finance across the European financial services industry. ~JJL Notable women from the list include: Veronica Augustsson, CEO of Cinnober; Valerie Bannert-Thurner, global head of risk and surveillance solutions, Nasdaq; Diane CÙtÈ, chief risk officer, London Stock Exchange Group; Robyn Grew, chief administration…

VIX Bits: The Thermometer Isn’t Broken Blog,Commentary,Options

On the 30th anniversary of the ‘87 market crash last week, Cboe, in collaboration with ProShares, hosted a panel discussion “Current Dynamics of the VIX Market.” There was a lot to glean – from the applications of VIX ETPs to unique characteristics of VIX futures to general perceptions of volatility. Dominic Salvino, Group One’s VIX options specialist, had an analogy for the current low levels of VIX, comparing it to high February temperatures in Chicago. On February 18, the thermometer reached 70 degrees Fahrenheit, only the fourth time that’s happened since 1971. Is that weird? Yes. Is it worth noting?…

Deutsche Boerse Plans Revenue-Share Deal to Lure Brexit Clearing John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes EEX staff rode 2,505 km on their bikes at the https://goo.gl/JLiSj6 competition in Leipzig, saving 356 kg in CO2.~JK ICE has a message for you if you are a user of AOL Instant Messenger, which is be decommissioned on December 15.~JJL Kevin Gaskell writing on the London School of Economics and Political Science LSE Business Review has a good piece on leadership, “Leadership: The measurable impact of inspiring a sense of purpose.”~JJL It took almost seven years, but the job growth streak came to an end Friday (though it’s attributable to hurricanes).~SD FIA now provides…

Dark Trading Could Triple in Europe; SEC Defends CAT Plan After Hack; Regulatory ‘false choice; John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes A KISS Goodbye In case, you missed it, (and we did), the deadline for Project KISS from the CFTC ended on September 30th. If you want to see who said what about whatever can be improved on Dodd-Frank, all comment letters can be found here.. Among the names included on the KISSing contest were CME Group, which had a number of proposed rules it found problematic, including the Reg AT and position limits rule, not to mention liquidity resources which somehow do not count US Treasuries. Good reading, and only 37 pages for Christopher Kirkpatrick,…

Options Market Plugs Away; Market Unease; Millennials & Investing Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Save the Date for OIC 2018 OIC Mark your calendar for next year’s Options Industry Conference, which will be held May 2-4, 2018, at the picturesque Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, located just off the coast of Florida. /goo.gl/YEjt8M ++++++ OCC News August/September 2017 OCC In this issue: Q&A with OCC’s Chief Security Officer Mark Morrison, updates from Capitol Hill, advocacy and charitable endeavors. jlne.ws/2xniZwc ++++++ Business and Friendship Went Together For Leo Melamed, Bob Wilmouth and Leslie Rosenthal John Lothian – JLN Leo Melamed lost two good friends in the last few days in Bob Wilmouth…

Hedge funds and the gender imbalance; Probe into ‘maker taker’; The next quant meltdown John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes NEX Group yesterday led a session of Trading Tech 300, the merit badge workshop program created to help young people connect with the financial industry in Chicago. They took a group of Scouts around the financial district in a Geocaching exercise. Thank you to Tom Scanlan and the NEX crew for their service.~JJL Michael Kraines of Trading Technologies is our video subject today from the Chicago sessions of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity. Brian Quintenz has been sworn in as a commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.~JJL If you like funny infographics, check…