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Deutsche Bank ousts John Cryan and names Christian Sewing as chief John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff JLN Contributing Global Markets Editor Jim Kharouf will be in Washington, DC representing us at the IFM “Smart Financial Regulation Roundtable: Implications of Cryptocurrencies” event on April 11. Later in the week, Kharouf and other members of the JLN team will be at the “IOMA – The WFE’s Clearing & Derivatives Conference” in Chicago.~JJL The CME Group’s market cap on Friday was $53.8 billion. NEX Group’s was $3.7 billion. ICE came in at $41 billion.~JK Don’t forget you have a week (well, eight days) to get in your taxes, which are due April…

Big bank tech arms race; South Korea Detains Crypto Execs; Rival Fidessa acquisition bidders ION and SS&C John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Euronext celebrated the 40th anniversary of its options exchange in Amsterdam yesterday. In conjunction, they also celebrated Drumming Day, a centuries old tradition commemorating the bravery of an orphaned boy who saved Amsterdam’s stock exchange from the Spanish during the Eighty Years’ War.~JJL It’s not surprising that once volatility returns, the media starts to cover options markets more. As such, yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter was chock full of content, including background on the Greek general Thucydides, an IP spat, convexity, unprepared traders and a dig at David Einhorn’s confusion over why his fund…

Stock exchanges cast wary eye at threat from big tech; Cryptocurrency Firms Targeted in SEC Probe John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff From today’s Bloomberg piece This $1 Trillion Money Manager Just Joined the Crypto Frenzy, “shares in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which manufactures chips for Nvidia Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., have climbed 34 percent since the beginning of 2017 and surged to a record in January.”~JK Did you know that Temenos Group AG, the Geneva-based banking technology company that has bid for Fidessa, is the fourth largest software firm in Europe? That, what “Temenos” means and more HERE~JK JPX reported that in February 2018, total derivatives trading volume was 40,059,157 contracts, a…

Market’s $3 Trillion Trauma; FCA and CFTC to collaborate on fintech innovation; Euronext Plans More Acquisitions John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Welcome to Presidents’ Day in the U.S. This is the day when U.S. Presidents have historically taken the day off from Twitter. Just kidding. But it is the day we are not going to publish JLN Options and the JLN staff gets the rest of the day off. Have a great day!~JJL Last week’s CryptoCon 2018 produced some interesting insights into the cryptocurrency space. DRW Cumberland’s Bobby Cho and Jim Radecki revealed just how large that operation is today, with crypto trades representing about 25 percent of DRW’s trades on 30 different currencies…

Clayton and Giancarlo on Crypto; Aramco IPO Implications; May’s Brexit talk John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), J.Christopher Giancarlo, will be a keynote speaker at Boca 2018! You looking for something to trade? CME is holding a course: Introduction to TOPIX on the Tokyo Stock Price Index (TOPIX) and Yen-denominated TOPIX Futures, which are set to launch on February 5 at CME Group. Gain a basic understanding of how to incorporate TOPIX futures into a trading strategy and how the contracts compare to Nikkei 225 Index futures.~JK JLN will be issuing a Special Report this morning on some embargoed news. Stay…

MiFID Starts; Exchange Stats; OCC AA+/Stable Rating Reaffirmed Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight December 2017 Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC Exchanges and Clearing CME Group Reached Record Average Daily Volume Of 16.3 Million Contracts In 2017, Up 4 Percent From 2016 CME Group 2017 Interest Rate average daily volume was a record 8.2 million contracts, up 9 percent compared with 2016 Annual average daily volume records also were reached in Energy, Agricultural Commodities, Metals, total options and electronic options /goo.gl/Yy152d OCC AA+/Stable Rating Reaffirmed By S&P OCC CHICAGO (January 2, 2018) – OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today commented on the reaffirmation of its AA+/Stable rating by…

Goldman and JPMorgan lead in equity derivatives; Harvest Vol Mangement profile; Spot Trading layoffs Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight 30 Under 30 Finance: The Top Young Traders, Dealmakers And Big Money Innovators Antoine Gara, Lauren Gensler, Kristin Stoller and Nathan Vardi – Forbes The Wall Street landscape is becoming younger, digitized and more entrepreneurial. Technological and innovative forces are reshaping the world of money and they can be seen on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Finance list. jlne.ws/2AG3pe9 +++++ Well You Did Ask… Highly Evolved Vol We recently moved into some new offices in a co-working space. I love it. It makes admin tasks so much easier. There is free coffee. The staff is friendly…

Spot Trading cuts headcount; Wall Street Fines Fall in Trump’s First Year; J.P. Morgan’s Mobile Payments Struggle John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Exchange Analytics has released a new Market Conduct Training Course.~JJL The World Gold Council reports that gold-backed ETF holdings increased by 3.3 in October to 2,347.6 tonnes. Europe led inflows, as investors added 11.2t of gold through funds; North America had outflows of 8t, reversing some September gains; funds in Asia gained 0.8t, but ETFs in other regions lost -0.7t in October. This is amid a year-on-year 9% drop in general demand for gold to 915 tonnes.~SR The CME’s Blu Putnam and Erik Norland have another piece out comparing the characteristics of…

HKEx’s chief defends LME deal; Exchange CEO search; Susquehanna entering sports betting John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Happy Halloween! Our second compilation video from FIA Expo is out and can be seen below. It is the companion piece to yesterday’s MiFID II video. ~SD DePaul is holding their fourth annual Cyber-Risk Conference on 11/28 at the Chicago Loop campus from 8:30 AM to 4 PM.~JJL Former CBOT and MidAm member Darren S. Bohm passed away. I knew him from my days of trading on the MidAmerica Commodity Exchange. He most recently was with Tradelink, according to his LinkedIn page.~JJL Want to hear something scary? Physical gold investors in Canada…