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Philip Stafford, Financial Times – “The Most Valuable Commodity I Know of is Information” Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“A market without information doesn’t trade, doesn’t move anywhere. It’s illiquid. Nothing happens and everybody goes away — [that’s] the last thing anyone wants.  So information ends up being the most critical thing of all.” Philip Stafford of the Financial Times is both an insider and an outsider in the financial world. He does not make markets, code risk management software or hawk new share offerings to prospective clients. On the other hand, he speaks with people from all corners of the the financial universe, from exchange executives to government policymakers, and does trade in that one commodity that Gordon…

John Lothian Newsletter: Market calls for US and Europe to end derivatives dispute; U.S. gives antitrust approval to Nikkei’s purchase of Financial Times; LSEG and Boat Services to build MiFID II Trade Reporting solution John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read A Complicated Relationship By John J. Lothian Patrick Young is headed back to the Bürgenstock Conference of the Swiss Futures & Options Association for the first time in several years to host a rerun of the “Crossfire” panel he once popularized. He is bringing his well-known wit and blistering charm to this once legendary international forum of industry leaders. Burgenstock has not aged so well in the years since Crossfire was a thing. It lost its beautiful venue atop a mountain overlooking Lake Lucerne and has bounced around Switzerland to alternative locations that lacked the unique qualities of…

Scooped: What The Nikkei Deal Means For The Derivatives Industry Blog,Commentary

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Nikkei got the scoop of the year. It purchased the Financial Times at the 11th hour from FT parent Pearson for £844 million ($1.3 billion). The big surprise was that Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing’s Charles Li, CEO and former journalist, didn’t buy it, a seeming bargain compared to the LME price tag of £1.39 billion. The media world will care much more about this deal than the rest of the globe. The journalist handwringing over Rupert Murdoch’s buyout of the Wall Street Journal in 2007 for $5 billion amounted to nothing substantive. The FT will likely maintain its focus…

John Lothian Newsletter: Nasdaq Launches ‘NFX’ to Trade Energy Derivatives; Deutsche Boerse, CME final bidders for FX platform 360T; CFTC plans more scrutiny over algorithmic trading John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Scooped: What The Nikkei Deal Means For The Derivatives Industry Jim Kharouf – John Lothian News Nikkei got the scoop of the year. It purchased the Financial Times at the 11th hour from FT parent Pearson for £844 million ($1.3 billion). The big surprise was that Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing’s Charles Li, CEO and former journalist, didn’t buy it, a seeming bargain compared to the LME price tag of £1.39 billion. The media world will care much more about this deal than the rest of the globe. The journalist handwringing over Rupert Murdoch’s buyout of the Wall…