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Chicago firms gear up for MiFID II; EU exchanges clash with customers over fees; South Korea Considers Closing Bitcoin Exchanges John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff This is the second to last edition of the John Lothian Newsletter for 2017. Tomorrow we will publish JLN, but not JLN Options or JLN Asia Pacific News.~JJL Eurex‘s trading calendar for the new year can be found HERE.~JJL There were a couple of commodity related explosions this week. First, a Libyan crude oil pipeline was blown up by suspected terrorists, helping move prices. It is believed it will take a week to get the pipeline back online. Then there was an explosion at an Argentinian grain terminal owned by COFCO that killed…

Rolet’s LSE Exit Gets Complicated; Saudi Purge; Paradise Papers John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff CME is pleased to sponsor the Women in Listed Derivatives Annual Symposium in Chicago. This year’s symposium will feature Holly Glowaty, co-founder of K + H Connection, a Fintech partnership company, followed by a panel of distinguished financial advisors taking an in depth look at “Women and Personal Investing.” The panelist are:  Carolyn Leonard, CEO and Co-Founder of Dymynd (moderator) Patricia DeChant, Vice President at CIBC Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management Mary DiChristafano, Graystone Consulting/Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management Julie Shechtman, Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management KhloÈ Karova, Owner…

Record Assets Continue To Pour In To ETFs Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight OCC Cleared Contract Volume Down Nine Percent in September OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that cleared contract volume in September was 335,867,813 contracts, down nine percent from September 2016 volume of 367,641,787 contracts. OCC’s year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume is up three percent from 2016 with 17,038,958 contracts in 2017. jlne.ws/2fLfXfi Lead Stories Record Assets Continue To Pour In To ETFs Drew Voros – Nasdaq For the month of September, $28.2 billion flowed into U.S.-listed ETFs during the month, according to the latest data from FactSet. That follows inflows of…

SEC nomination; Trouble for fastest traders; The death of stocks has been exaggerated John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Our friends at Deutsche Boerse Group have produced a video posted to Youtube titled “Brexit explained in simple terms”~JJL Do you know BOAT Services? The Cinnober subsidiary just received FCA approval to publish your firm’s post-trade reports – it’s a MIFID II thing. BOAT Services has more than 350 customers.~JK Retired FIA President John Damgard is today’s featured speaker from this summer’s MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in Chicago.~JJL The Realization Group and Software AG is hosting the second in a series of roundtable discussions on Digital Excellence in Banking and…

Ex-Trader Linked to Deutsche Bank Is Aiding U.S. Spoof Probe; The Bloody Fight for ETF Scraps Is About to Get Even Worse; Quant Manager of $6 Billion Backs Stocks Hidden From Front Pages John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Newest Criminal Spoofing Case Features Coordinated Spoofing and Front Running Renato Mariotti, Thompson Coburn LLP On last Thursday, June 1st, the Justice Department entered into a plea agreement with a trader named David Liew, publicly revealing the existence of the third-ever criminal spoofing case, which had been filed under seal on January 3rd. In the plea agreement, Liew admitted that from December 2009 to February 2012 he conspired with other precious metal traders to engage in spoofing on hundreds of occasions and to commit fraud by misleading other market participants via his spoof trades. Liew’s former bank is…

CFTC Leaves Shaping Position Limits Rule to Trump Administration; US plan to curb commodity speculators in doubt; Rapid rise of the ETFs sparks growing pains John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Challenging the Status Quo: Cinnober Aims To Break Into The Back Office Clearing Space By Jim Kharouf – JLN There was a time when many thought there wasn’t really much of a market for full clearinghouse solutions with real time clearing and risk management. But in 2007 and 2008, Cinnober successfully pushed into the space and carved out a nice niche for itself, especially as the global financial crisis illustrated the intense need for such solutions. Now, the company is pushing into the established space of back office clearing for clearing member banks and brokers. That space is…

High-frequency traders discredit Japanese stock market narratives; Deutsche Boerse expects EU statement of objections to London Stock Exchange merger in second week of December; Virtu calls on US regulator to examine risks of ETFs John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Happy Thanksgiving John Lothian News Team Just a quick note to say Happy Thanksgiving to all. It’s a great time to sit down with friends and family and reflect on the things we are grateful for. We are especially grateful for all of you, our readers, sponsors, friends and family. We are thankful for all of you. We wish you a safe and happy holiday. We’ll be back on Friday. ++++ The Commodities Disruptor by Chris Outcalt – Galvinize It was 3 a.m., and the warm Kenyan air smelled of jet fuel. Julie Lerner had just completed a…

What investors misunderstand about the politics of rage; CFTC set to tweak rules for automated trading; Wall Street Bonuses to Decline John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read A Big Deal in Chicago, U.S. and the World By John J. Lothian and Jim Kharouf – JLN Tomorrow is election day in the United States. It’s almost hard to write the first word of our country’s name because we are hardly united these days – divided over everything from political idealism, immigration, terrorism, globalization, capitalism to the many other isms and phobias that threaten what we stand for as a country, and arguably THE standard bearer for democracy. And yet, here we stand on the eve of the election faced with a choice to make between two…

John Lothian Newsletter: ETFs to play main role in the next crisis; A big political battle over Dodd-Frank financial reforms is coming in 2016; Here is what a trader learned from putting together his bank’s most profitable trade ever John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read ++++ ‘Star Wars’ Poised to Set Mark for Fastest Film to $1 Billion Christopher Palmeri – Bloomberg Christmas Day sales bring worldwide total to $890.3 million Hitting mark would topple record set by `Jurassic World’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was poised to pass $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales this weekend and become the first picture to reach that mark so quickly. bloom.bg/1QRC66i ***** I saw the movie last night. My soul was not stolen, per my son Robby’s concern. It was good, but I was disappointed actually. Too predictable but you knew I was going to…