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  Notes from Consensus 2018 – Day 2 By Chuck Mackie – JLN As expected, Day 2 of Coindesk’s Consensus conference lacked some of the energy and fireworks of the first day but it did manage to defy what seems to be a law of nature: fewer people in attendance at the second day of an industry event when compared to the first. In this case, Coindesk announced that total registration ticked up to over 8,500 and it was definitely harder to fight the lines for lunch on the second day compared to the first. Somehow I survived. Beyond that,…

Vol-targeting a bad scapegoat; Trafigura moving hedging ops; Facebook fears Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – The (Out)Take from FIA Boca JohnLothianNews.com After much travel and a spell of ill health, we can confidently say The Spread is back in action. Our “weekly” options news recap will be much more of a weekly affair now. (Flu season is pretty much over, right?) The JLN crew was at FIA Boca last week and your humble host really struggled without our usual teleprompter rig. As such, welcome to a rambling, stumbling version of The Spread that includes some outtakes from my poor pool performance. If you just want the behind the scenes…

SEC Urges End to CAT standoff; Deutsche Boerse plans FX expansion; HKEX working with ASX on blockchain John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Our Page Of The Day yesterday was industry legend Robert J. O’Brien, who turned 100 years old yesterday. His contributions to the industry and interviews with Mr. O’Brien were documented in the RJO O’Brien Centennial Video about the firm’s own 100 year anniversary in 2014, a video produced by John Lothian Productions.~JK Longtime accounting and back office professional Mark Connelly has left the futures industry. He started a new position as senior vice president – operations for All Clean Services responsible for running the Midwest Region. His responsibilities include managing and growing the…

Gorbachev is Dead! Fake News is Nothing New To The Markets Blog,Commentary,Investing & Trading

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Fake News Is Just Like a Game of Who Wants to be a Millionaire Fake news is nothing new. In fact, it is neither fake nor news. It is something called rumors. A rumor is just talk or opinion widely disseminated with no discernible source or a statement or report current without known authority for its truth. Sometimes it is true, sometimes it is not. Sometimes it was created by individuals to influence a market, sometimes it is just someone misinterpreting something they see. The markets have long dealt with rumors. That is part of the beauty of markets. They…

John Lothian Newsletter: CFTC Too Broke to Properly Police Flash Traders, Massad Says; SocGen shares tumble 13% as sector sell-off resumes; Bond Trading Desks Get a Hand From Algorithmic, Equity Veterans John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read A Fortune Built on the Back of Prayers John Lothian – John Lothian News Last week I announced on Facebook to my family and friends that I was headed to surgery again on my back. More about that later, but the response I received on Facebook made me realize why Mark Zuckerberg has become the fourth richest man in the world. My list of Facebook friends responded to news with best wishes, but more importantly with promises of prayers for my healing and well-being. This is not an uncommon experience on Facebook when people share challenges such as…

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Last week I announced on Facebook to my family and friends that I was headed to surgery again on my back. More about that later, but the response I received on Facebook made me realize why Mark Zuckerberg has become the fourth richest man in the world. My list of Facebook friends responded to news with best wishes, but more importantly with promises of prayers for my healing and well-being. This is not an uncommon experience on Facebook when people share challenges such as mine. Some of the people I am friends with on Facebook are from high school. Some…

JLN Options: CME Sees Record Volumes in WTI-Brent Crude Oil Spread Options, Deutsche Bank Launches Trading Platform for U.S. Equity Options, Completion of FINRA’s Analysis of Submitted Claims Pertaining to Facebook IPO Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight CBOE will begin its expanded trading hours on Monday, October 28th for the CBOE Volatility Index futures. The longer day is aimed at attracting more overseas trading by adding 5 hours and 45 minutes to the trading day in two phases. The initial start of October 21, was postponed due to the government shutdown. Here is the schedule from CBOE: · Fifteen minutes after the 3:15 p.m. (Chicago time) close of VIX futures, the market will reopen for a new trading period from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (Chicago time). Trading will then resume at 7:00 a.m….

JLN Options: Bets on More Volatility Ease As Summer Nears Newsletter,Options

Commentary & Insight Stephanie Hammer Speaks About the New Mindset for Financial TechnologyMarketsWiki.tv Stephanie Hammer talks about some of the key themes and takeaways in putting together her new book, “Architects of Electronic Trading: Technology Leaders Who Are Shaping Today’s Financial Markets.” In it, Hammer interviews 15 financial industry professionals across the spectrum of the trading space in a Q&A format, exploring topics such as transformational technology, affordable desktop supercomputing, cloud computing and microwave data technology. She also discusses how technology is being implemented at top trading firms today, along with how technologists are being integrated into the trading and…

John Lothian Newsletter: Nasdaq Aims to Pay Up in SEC Facebook Probe; AX trading to shut dark pool platform; SHFE Copper Volume Rises to Record as LME Competition Heats Up John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

A ten million dollar payment to the SEC and a promise not to use duckface pictures appears to be on the way for Nasdaq OMX for its handling of Facebook’s IPO. Dark pool operator AX Trading says it will drain the pool and possibly look for a buyer or licenser for its platform. Copper volume in Shanghai hits a new record and sounds the Horn of Competition in the general direction of the London Metal Exchange.