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John Lothian Newsletter: Deutsche Börse takes step nearer Singapore clearing house; Big fund managers form new dark pool equity trading venue; Swiss franc fallout claims more casualties John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Focused: What The Industry Knows About Transparency (Part 2) JohnLothianNews.com Back in November, the industry gathered for the annual FIA Expo event in Chicago. There, John Lothian News used an exhibitor booth (Thanks Cinnober!) as its studio to ask industry participants key questions about transparency issues in today’s markets. Part 2: What solution would you suggest in order to improve transparency in the markets today? Watch the video » ++++ China funds become new force in global commodity trade By Henry Sanderson in London and Lucy Hornby in Beijing, FT China’s Shanghai Chaos investment fund is named after…

John Lothian Newsletter: CME Group raises transaction fees again; Bull Market Hedging Was a Boon for Exchange Volume in 2014; BGC Urges GFI Shareholders to Spurn Competing CME Takeover Bid John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Missing From Most Pimco Stock Funds: Individual Stocks By Karen Damato – Wall Street Journal Pacific Investment Management Co., best known for its bond funds, runs $27.7 billion in stock mutual funds, according to researcher Morningstar. But the vast majority of those dollars aren’t invested in individual stocks. Instead, most of Pimco’s 18 stock funds get their stock exposure by buying derivatives linked to indexes. That ties up only a small portion of the funds’ assets—and the firm then aims to boost returns by investing the remaining dollars in a variety of bonds. jlne.ws/1xY4Rp6 ***** Why trade stocks…

John Lothian Newsletter: Nasdaq buys US index provider for $225m; Top GFI staff seek exit clause if rival BGC bid succeeds; UK financial watchdog doubles interventions John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Welcome to 2015 Welcome to the year 2015. It is a new year and time for new things. What the year will bring, only time will tell. Forget the prognosticators, though we feature quite a few of them at this time of the year. Only you matter to make things happen. Go out and make it happen. The NFA election for the board of directors is still going on. See our collection of interviews and commentaries with candidates for the CTA/CPO positions on JohnLothianNews.com In case you missed the news on Friday, Orc Group bought Tbricks. Tbricks was…

Open for Business: Tech Drives the Transition to SEFs Regulation,Video

The Swap Execution Facility was given life by the Dodd-Frank Act. After three years of meetings, rule proposals comments, and more meetings, the final SEF rules were published by the CFTC in mid-2013 and trading has commenced on 18 registered SEFs. John Lothian News attended SEFCON IV and interviewed a dozen of the leading SEF operators, regulators and other participants to bring you this three part series on SEF regulation, the changing market structure and the new technology required to make it all happen. Part three of the series explores the importance of technology in the rapidly changing SEF landscape….

JLN Options: Look Out Vix, Treasury Volatility Falls on Speculation Fed to Maintain Policy, Implied Volatility and the Debt Ceiling Crisis Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Look Out Vix, Here Comes a New Way to Measure Volatility Yahoo! Finance Scott Nations, founder and CIO of NationsShares has a new product coming that he says is a better tool for tracking volatility and the way people on Wall Street really think of it. VolDex is an exchange he’s created that strips away the more obscure derivatives and measure the meat and potatoes options linked to the S&P 500 itself using the SPDR ETF. http://jlne.ws/1akON4q***DA: I am dying to know how measuring the volatility of meat and potatoes will help me gauge the market. Treasury Volatility…

Chris Giancarlo of GFI Group Discusses the Need for Regulatory Balance Interview,Regulation,Video

Chris Giancarlo

During 2012 SEFCON III John Lothian News interviewed five key members of the WMBA. Click here to see all the interviews. Chris Giancarlo, executive vice president, GFI Group worries that US regulation may not be balanced, and that it is mismatched with non-US markets. One area in particular that concerns him is on voice broking of OTC derivatives. Though the CFTC has pushed hard for more electronic execution of OTC trades in its Dodd-Frank Act rulemaking, Giancarlo says many of these types of transactions are illiquid and best done as voice negotiated transactions. In an interview with John Lothian News…