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Don’t Get the Munchees! A Lesson from the SEC Blog,Commentary,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Mwiki,Regulation,Regulation & Enforcement

The Securities & Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) has made good on its promise to pursue companies that engage in what it views as unregulated offerings of securities by way of initial coin offerings or “ICOs.” Specifically, the Commission recently pursued a company called “Munchee” that created an iPhone application for people to review restaurant meals. To fund the creation of its app, Munchee began an ICO seeking to raise $15 million and, in return, issue its token known as a “MUN.”  The company issued a white paper in connection with its ICO. In that document, Munchee indicated that…

US financial regulators warn investors on bitcoin risks; Asian buyers spur bitcoin rise John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff A new survey from DTCC shows geopolitical risk as a top 5 concern of 69 percent of those surveyed – an all-time high. Plenty of other fun stats and infographics in there to digest.~SD Deutsche Boerse turned 25 years old. I believe I was once told that the average age of the people who started it was 28. ~JJL Have you seen the Chicago Blockchain Project?~JJL Yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter covered the lack of FX volatility, the potential for bitcoin options and the short vol trade.~SD The NFA staff coordinated the donation…

Bitcoin’s Trading Star is DRW’s Cumberland Mining; Itiviti and ULLINK announce tie-up; BoE chief on LSE row John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff DRW’s cryptocurrency division is called Cumberland Mining & Materials LLC., named after the Grateful Dead song “Cumberland Blues,” about a hardworking miner, according to today’s Wall Street Journal story. ~JK Fun fact: In the first three quarters of 2017, $2.774 trillion of MSCI Index-based futures and options traded globally. That’s nearly 50 percent more than the first three quarters of 2016.~SD Care to express your views on cryptocurrencies without trading them? Apparently, you can buy ugly crypto holiday sweaters now (and yes, the checkout supports cryptocurrencies). Visual Capitalist has a cool infographic…

ICO regulation inconsistent as cryptocurrency bubble fears grow; CFTC Chief Works to Tweak, Not Decimate, Obama-Era Rules John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff To those who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, get outside and stretch your legs today, the deals for Black Friday can wait. ~JJL Chuck Mackie of Maven Wave has recapped the CME Group‘s GFLC in a blog post. ~JJL On Tuesday, November 28, the OCC’s Caroline Gillard is moderating a luncheon sponsored by FCS Chicago focusing on marketing to women. The lunch panel includes Jessica Titlebaum Darmoni, Jennifer Bennethum Burns and Allison Engel, and is the organization’s final luncheon topic for 2017. This will be the first time the FCS has hosted one of…

Potential CAT Delay; Whistleblowers Blow Whistle on SEC Watchdog; EU ICO Warning John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff CME Group’s October Options Review included the fact that a record 57% of Natural Gas options (LN) traded electronically last month, with record electronic ADV of 64K contracts/day. Other highlights included record open interest in Treasury options, E-mini Russell 2000 Index options are gaining significant traction, relationship-based trading is expanding to all Ag options effective January 8, 2018, copper options continue to reach new records of open interest and Wednesday Weekly FX options are now trading!~JJL Asia Pacific Financial News for November 10, 2017.~JJL @JohnLothian has not tweeted more than 70,000 times.~JJL…

Trump to tap Powell for Fed; UK fintechs eating banks marketshare; Regulators warning about robots John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Congratulations to CME Group employees who supported October Pink for a Purpose campaign. Their efforts brought in more than $50,000. When you include CME’s corporate donations, more than $175,000 will go to @BeBrightPink and more than $16,000 will go to @CR_UK for the early detection, prevention and research for breast and ovarian cancer.~JJL The Treasury released its report on year-end 2016 U.S. portfolio holdings of foreign securities.. The largest holdings of foreign securities by country were the Cayman Islands with $1.37 trillion, the United Kingdom with $1.20 trillion, Japan with $854 billion…

CME, Linchpin of Chicago Finance, Says It’s Not Tied to the City John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read How AI Is Reshaping ISVs: TT’s Rick Lane Looks at AI for Everything from Compliance to Finding Trading Opportunities John Lothian News Trading Technologies announced yesterday the acquisition of Neurensic, an artificial intelligence regulation and compliance firm (terms were not disclosed). The deal brings Neurensic’s AI technology into TT and provides a new compliance platform for the firm. But the potential for the technology goes well beyond that. TT’s CEO Rick Lane spoke with JLN’s Jim Kharouf about where this technology is going next. /goo.gl/ZwUnYe ++++ Hits & Takes By JLN Staff We have closed registration for the…

ICE to ‘Go West’ with Chicago-to-Tokyo network; Tulip Fever: There’s a Digital Token for That John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Kevin Wolf, formerly of ViableMkts and Eris Exchange, is now U.S. head of FICC at Euronext. ~JJL Jim Gorman, formerly of Modern Market Initiative and BATS, is now director of Media Relations and Internal Communications at Mizuho Americas. ~JJL Xavier Rolet of LSE has written a piece for the FT titled “Europe’s debt bias chokes small business and job creation.” ~JJL Marketing guru David Kelbaugh is the featured speaker today from this summer’s Chicago sessions of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity.~JJL The CME Group’s Emini Russell 2000 futures had volume of 120,559…

Alphabet Soup: The DAO, ETH, ICOs and the SEC Blog,Feature,Fintech,Mwiki,ReformWiki

By Jim Falvey Technology usually outpaces the law. It can take months, if not years, for legislators, regulators and courts to gain an understanding of technology and then to apply existing law to the new technology and/or create new laws for the technological developments. In the remarkable world of cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology (often referred to as “Blockchain”), we are seeing both occur. In May 2016, a virtual organization called The DAO, which stands for Decentralized Autonomous Organization, came onto the scene in the Ethereum world. For the uninitiated, the Ethereum Blockchain sponsors the second most significant virtual currency…