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Chicago firms gear up for MiFID II; EU exchanges clash with customers over fees; South Korea Considers Closing Bitcoin Exchanges John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff This is the second to last edition of the John Lothian Newsletter for 2017. Tomorrow we will publish JLN, but not JLN Options or JLN Asia Pacific News.~JJL Eurex‘s trading calendar for the new year can be found HERE.~JJL There were a couple of commodity related explosions this week. First, a Libyan crude oil pipeline was blown up by suspected terrorists, helping move prices. It is believed it will take a week to get the pipeline back online. Then there was an explosion at an Argentinian grain terminal owned by COFCO that killed…

Innovation Is the Only Cure for Fragmentation; Deutsche Börse Reveals Three ‘Pillars’ of Its Pervasive Blockchain Integration; Index Funds Still Beat ‘Active’ Portfolio Management John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Cold as ICE: Sprecher asks UK, How much do you love me? In the battle for financial markets in Europe, exchanges would like some more communication about why they should stay in the UK. By Jim Kharouf To hear one exchange leader tell it, UK markets could use a little more love. At the 10th annual FIA IDX conference on Tuesday, ICE Chairman and CEO Jeff Sprecher said UK regulators have not communicated with ICE much about how they could work together and keep ICE Europe’s operations more firmly in London. In the wake of Brexit and the…