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Hedge Fund Managers Don’t Always Beat the Market, but They Still Make Billions; EU-managed control of euro clearing is not viable; AllianceBernstein Is Selling Bond-Trading Software John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read The Event Of The Summer: JLN & FOW Present Trading Chicago For the first time in John J. Lothian & Co.’s history, we are partnering with FOW (Global Investor Group) to host our first Trading Chicago event on June 28th. This one-day event is aimed largely at the end-users of the markets: commodity trading advisors, asset managers, hedge funds and proprietary traders. The conference will cover the issues that impact those firms directly – regulation, technology and market structure, with an underlying thread of trading in an age of uncertainty. Of course, there is always uncertainty and this…

Dismantling Dodd-Frank May Have to Wait; How the Euro Could Break Up—or Be Saved; UK’s May defeated as lawmakers demand power to reject final Brexit terms John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read More power to ’em: Nodal acquired by EEX Spencer Doar – JLN The UK doesn’t want ICE to have Trayport. The LSE/Deutsche Boerse deal looks dead in the water. But in one neck of the exchange woods ó power ó all parties appear happy. Last Friday, the energy exchange EEX (part of the Deutsche Boerse empire) agreed to buy the U.S. based Nodal Exchange in an all-share deal, instantly turning the franchise global. /goo.gl/CxWwSC **JK: Our interview with Paul Cusenza about Nodal and EEX. ++++ Playing With No Reserves Sean Brown – YCharts Working at a startup or…

Now Even the Fed’s Worried That Stock Volatility Is Too Low; Growth in U.S. Listed Options Volumes Hinges on Sustained Market Volatility in 2017; Only ‘Blind Faith’ Could Cause Me to Be Long This Market Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian William “Bill” Hagerty, Jr., former chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade and one of the industry’s great gentlemen, has passed away at the age of 87. Bill was the head of what was once the longest tenured member firm of the CBOT, Hagerty Grain, and was a customer of mine when I was a broker. From that relationship I had the opportunity to get to know Bill and came to respect him greatly. When I ran for the NFA Board of Directors back in the early 2000s as an…

Volatility slump defies election shock; Independent US oil producers increase hedges for 2017; Profiles in Uncertainty – Election Night Lesson in Market Dynamics Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight How we talk Jim Kharouf – JLN My column yesterday, What Just Happened about the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States struck a chord with readers. We received more reader feedback on this column than we have in some time, some negative, some supportive. Here are a few. “Thanks for this insightful OpEd. You articulated so many feelings I’m still trying to process.” And this: Wow, what an ignorant, cheap shot to smear nearly 60 million Americans that way. Deplorables, right? As a life-long New Yorker, I’ve watched Trump in action…

Nobel Laureate – Buffett’s WMDs Help Society; How air pollution on Wall Street might actually be bringing down the stock market; Commodity traders must go digital or face extinction – report Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces JLN Staff The CME reported third quarter earnings this morning and a couple of items were worth noting. CME is making progress in its ongoing efforts to attract Asian customers. CME CEO Phupinder Gill told analysts that the region has been a strong contributor to CME’s metals and energy product groups. Volume in its natural gas options out of Asia rose 104 percent, and in metals, volumes from the region were up 44 percent. The other item worth mentioning is that the daily options volumes on CME’s Globex platform hit an all-time high in…

An Options Contract That’s Not for the Faint of Heart; Why A Resilient Risk Management and Internal Control Infrastructure Matters; “Election Certainty” Not Showing Up In SPX Options Market Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Last Chance to Sign Up For London MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Event By John J. Lothian On Friday the registration for the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity event in London will close. You can still sign up your interns, newer employees or anyone interested here. The event is FREE and not to be missed. We have a great line-up of speakers, though we have a couple of changes to announce. Paul Christensen and Jeremy Grant had to step aside as conflicts came up. The FT’s Phillip Stafford has agreed to step in for Mr. Grant. We…

JLN Financials: Fed’s Janet Yellen, in Testimony, Counsels Patience on Interest Rate Increase; ECB Denies It Plotted to Burn Greece Bondholders in 2012; Germany Sells Five-Year Debt at a Negative Yield Financials,Newsletter

First Impressions Building Bricks: T-Bricks Could Be New Cornerstone For ORC JohnLothianNews.com Jonas Hansbo and his team left ORC in 2006 to focus on his own brand of trading and financial technology with a startup called T-Bricks. But Hansbo and his colleagues were brought back to the mothership in January when when ORC purchased T-Bricks. Now, Hansbo said the two firms will bring their respective strengths together. “ORC has been evolving since we left it, and very much focused on reinventing their electronic trading platform for connectivity and electronic execution,” Hansbo said. “So what we thought would be a very…

JLN Financials: Italy’s Problem Is Europe’s Problem; Life after Pimco: how bond manager Seidner beat his old boss Gross; Banks Retreat From Market That Keeps Cash Flowing Financials,Newsletter

First Impressions The Euro: German or Italian? Today’s lead story sums up the age-old question – what is the euro and what does it stand for? Getting a solid answer is critical to determining the direction of the common currency. The Wall Street Journal’s Simon Nixon asks, “will the euro be a strong currency underpinned by credible rules and self-reliant states with any burden-sharing subject to strict conditions and pooling of sovereignty? Or will it be a weak currency, reliant on periodic episodes of devaluation and inflation to restore competitiveness and sustained by fiscal transfers whether introduced formally or by…

JLN Options: A Tale of Two Volatility Indexes Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories A Tale of Two Volatility IndexesBrendan Conway, Barron’sYou have the luxury of ignoring the proliferation of volatility indexes, the marketing of which has mushroomed since the financial crisis. Or you can watch them for unusual discrepancies, like Nikolaj Gammeltoft and Cecile Vannucci of Bloomberg News do this morning.http://jlne.ws/11Nyvct S&P 500 looks to end tantalizing March without breaking its closing highTom Bemis, MarketWatchMarch began with a lion’s roar for U.S. equities, but unless the the S&P 500  can get its mojo back in the next 36 hours, the broad market index looks likely to head out of the month…