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Departures signal a changing of the guard in HFT; LSE to acquire bond indices from Citi for $685 million; What Makes a Bank Big? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read What Options Leaders Are Thinking Jim Kharouf Today marks the launch of our Options Industry Council exchange leaders series, sponsored by the OIC and OCC. We will feature interviews with options market leaders from NYSE, Nasdaq, CBOE, MIAX and BOX, with each talking about what they accomplished in recent months and what is on their priority lists for the second half of the year. Filmed at the Options Industry Conference earlier this month, we kick off the series with Ivan Brown, senior director, head of options at NYSE. Take a look. There’s a lot to cover in just…

HFT as an insight into where fintech is going; Brokerage, CEO charged with abetting manipulative high-frequency trading; Bloomberg suffers rare drop in terminal numbers as banks cut back John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Keith Todd Steps Down From ION Trading JLN John Lothian News has learned that Keith Todd, executive chairman, agency trading and processing at ION Trading, has stepped down from his role at the company. In an exclusive interview with JLN, he said it was time to step aside after 14 years at the company, which has Ffastfill, Patsystems and Rolfe & Nolan among others under its operations. Altogether, he spent 14 years with Ffastfill and ION. Todd’s position has been filled by ION’s Silvio Oliviero, who has been working closely with him for the past several years. During…

ETF Trading Glitch Fuels Worries Over Modern Markets; Teza sells high-speed trading as lucrative business sours; ICE delays launch of clearing for London gold benchmark John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian The LME came to Chicago yesterday for a straightforward marketing presentation and attracted a room full of Chicago futures market participants. They laid out their business, plans and factors impacting them in a well done program. The big news out of LME is the June 5 launch of its precious metals futures; gold and silver. Here is a FAQ about their offering. John Lothian News is bringing its MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series to New York on July 11 and 12. Sign up will open up June 1. Nasdaq will…

NYSE Arca Suffers Glitch During Closing Auction; High-Frequency Traders Fall on Hard Times; Threat or Opportunity? Blythe Masters Talks Blockchain Jobs Impact John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian This morning we present the first of our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity videos from Stockholm. Peter Fredriksson of Baymarkets is the first up with a story about Stockholm. My phone experienced a series of text messages yesterday as NYSE Arca Equities had electronic trading problems late in the day. Here is the System Status page with the details on the problem. It was ten years ago when I went to the FIA Boca Raton conference with an idea: MarketsWiki. It was there I pitched various firms about the idea. I…

NYSE Told Major Outage in 2015 May Have Broken Securities Rules; The Race to the Speed of Light Is Accelerating; Rolling Back the Fiduciary Rule – a Primer on Making (and Unmaking) a Regulation John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Solidifying an American foothold: LSEG’s UnaVista and MTS platforms look to expand Spencer Doar – JLN The London Stock Exchange Group has plenty of reasons to be in the news due to its pending merger with Deutsche Boerse, but while all of those discussions take place, parts of the LSEG family are making moves of their own. The two arms in motion are MTS, a bond trading platform, and UnaVista, a back and middle office platform for reconciliation, reporting, matching and validation. Both are in a similar situation — they have a large presence in Europe but not…

Brand New: Hehmeyer Moves Into Managed Futures & More Blog,Commentary,Feature,Video,video

Sometimes it’s time to diversify. Chris Hehmeyer formed a new firm called Hehmeyer Trading & Investments LLC that will expand into the managed futures and introducing broker space. The renamed company comes from his prior firm, HTG Capital Partners, which acquired Kottke & Associates in late 2016. The new name helps simplify things for Hehmeyer, who has integrated HTG’s proprietary trading operation along with Kottke’s commodity trading advisor and introducing broker business. Hehmeyer, who serves as CEO of the the new entity, sees plenty of opportunity in the CTA business. He said there is an appetite for non-correlated investments and…

Steve Hamilton, CurveGlobal – Demystifying the Current Trading Environment Feature,MWEd,Video,video

Steve Hamilton, COO of CurveGlobal, doesn’t buy the over-the-top headlines about the state of trading. To him, the evolution of the market has been logical, and not as drastic as some would have you believe. The bottom line is that people still make trading decisions based upon risk taking and risk mitigation, and then discover price in order to execute their strategy. The change has been the venue where this occurs — a screen rather than a pit.    In this video from JLN’s MarketsWiki Education event in London, Hamilton runs through the shift from the pits to the screen,…

Uneasy Calm Grips Markets Suddenly Silent Before U.S. Vote; Option Writing Mutual Funds Gain Fans in Volatile Times; Rates Are Poised to Rise But the VIX of Treasurys is Super Low – What Gives? Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Stepping Forward in London By John J. Lothian Well, it is about time. I will be delivering my first presentation as part of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity in London on Monday. Due to a scheduling conflict, Jock Percy of Perseus had to withdraw from the event on October 31. Stuff happens and you roll with it. So it will be my turn to step up and be a presenter. The question in my mind is whether I can keep my presentation in the 12 to 14 minute segments we allow the speakers. I am going to…

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…