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FANG+ Puts the UMPH Back into the Markets and Exchange Competition Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Financials,Interview,Investing & Trading,Mwiki

Hallelujah! The magical power of innovation from exchange competition in Chicago is alive and well after a noticeable absence. The NYSE FANG+ index at ICE Futures US is the most innovative and timely new contract I have seen since the Cboe introduced the VIX. Besides the FANG+ contract, we have the expectation of the CME Group and Cboe slugging it out later this year with competing bitcoin futures offerings. Earlier this year we had the CME Group resteal the Russell index complex from ICE, returning the contracts to the CME where they were  in 2007. The FANG+ sprang from this exchange…

Deutsche Boerse Said to Favor UniCredit’s Weimer for CEO; Junk Bond Sell-off; Virtu’s Viola warns of clearing house risk John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff ICE announced a number of management team promotions today, including: Charles A. Vice has been named vice chairman, with continued responsibility for ICE’s global technology, information security and operations. He was previously president and chief operating officer, and has been with ICE and its predecessor company for more than 23 years. Press release here.~SR Click here for yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter.~SD See the latest thought leadership piece from Steve Grob of Fidessa, titled “Loophole lunacy” HERE.~JJL Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – November 14, 2017~JJL It appears there has…

Fangs futures arrive as exchange operator tries to cash in on tech rally; Bond trading desks seek data scientists to work alongside traders John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Our friends at the Chicago Federal Reserve have published a primer on Blockchain. “Blockchain and Financial Market Innovation” by Rebecca Lewis, John W. McPartland, and Rajeev Ranjan is available HERE.~JJL Bob Pisani of CNBC likes the ICE’s new NYSE Fang Plus Index, the futures of which launch today.~JJL MarketsMedia has announced their 2017 Women in Finance Award Winners, with many of our favorite people listed as winners.~JJL Hamish Purdey, Chief Executive of Intelliflotaking, is taking part in Centrepoint’s Sleep Out to give homeless young people a future. You can help support his efforts HERE.~JJL The…

Goldman’s options retreat; ICE says not over-reliant on data sales; RenTech’s Mercer steps down John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Earlier this week, Philip Bergstrom, the brother of Jeff Bergstrom (CIO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.) passed away. Phil lived in California for most of his adult life, but grew up in Glenview, IL. Phil was also the step-brother to John Lothian’s wife Cheryl. We offer our condolences to the Bergstrom, Lothian and Howard families.~JLN Congratulations to Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman, who was named as #20 on Forbes 2017 Most Powerful Women list.~JJL The annual energy consumption for Bitcoin transactions is now estimated at more that 24 TWh, which is…

Deutsche Boerse CEO to step down amid insider trading probe; ICE to sell commodities trading platform Trayport for £550m John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff ALTSO had more than 1400 people last night, and raised over $620,000 at its annual Rocktoberfest in NY. The Chicago event raised almost $145,000 with about 500 attendees. Way to go ALTSO! ~JK Bright Pink sat down with Kristin Wood, senior director, internal communications and community relations at CME Group, to learn more about this best-in-class corporate partnership. CME Group is on track to make a gift of $160,000 to Bright Pink in 2017 through the annual Pink for a Purpose campaign. ~JJL To anybody who avidly follows the John Lothian Twitter…

Top investors want Deutsche Börse chief to resign; ICE ramps up move on corporate bond market John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes It was a big day for ICE yesterday as they announced two acquisitions, BondPoint from Virtu and a stake in Euroclear from RBS. Here is a commentary written August 17 by Jim Greco of TradingPlaces about Virtu and the possibilities for BondPoint.~JJL Slides are available for download by STAC members on the STAC website. This is the Securities Technology Analysis Center, not Securities Traders Association of Chicago.~JJL Myron Scholes, Ph.D. will be speaking at the CFA Society of Chicago on November 17 at the Palmer House on “The Evolution of Asset Management: Risk Management.”~JJL LSE’s…

Credit derivatives market woes deepen after ICE exit; Central bankers face a crisis of confidence… John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read We All Love Data: Barchart’s Latest Move Continues The Trend Of Firms Pushing Further Into The Data Space Jim Kharouf, JLN It’s all in the data. Yesterday’s announcement from Barchart about its new commodities data offering, called cmdty, is part of the drumbeat of new products and services that are designed to bring something new to the market participants they serve. jlne.ws/2yhzdYS ++++ Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The Boy Scouts of America announced yesterday they are opening the doors to girls to join Cub Scouts starting next year and older girls to join Boy Scouts in…

White House commits to ending Wall St tax loophole; SEC Chairman Froze Agency’s Approval of Chicago Stock Exchange Sale John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Today we have part one of a two part series titled “The CFTC and Fintech Innovation, Goals of LabCFTC” featuring an interview with CFTC Chief Innovation Officer Daniel Gorfine. ~JJL The FIA has asked me to moderate a panel at EXPO on customer protection. I said yes. ~JJL The FIA has put out a recommendation on market integrity, “FIA recommendations to streamline CFTC regulations and enhance market integrity.”~JJL SGX is offering a course titled “Secret Trading Techniques of a Proprietary Trading Firm Revealed (Course Preview).” I am not sure the secrets will…

VIX ETP concerns; Correlation issues; Market catalysts Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The FT warns advertisers after discovering high levels of domain spoofing Jessica Davies – Digiday The Financial Times has investigated the scale of domain spoofing occurring against its site, and has been shocked by the results. The publisher has found display ads against inventory masquerading as FT.com on 10 separate ad exchanges and video ads on 15 exchanges, even though the FT doesn’t even sell video ads programmatically, with 300 accounts selling inventory purporting to be the FT’s. The scale of the fraud uncovered is vast — the equivalent of one month’s supply of bona fide FT.com…