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Sweeping Overhaul of Bank Rules Clears U.S. House John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter


First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff A follow up to our top read article yesterday: A story in the Mid Sussex Times on the death of HSBC’s Cian Burke reported that he died after a collision with a tractor near Splayne’s Green in the UK, while riding with his son Tom and a friend.~JK The Executives Club of Chicago event “Bitcoin Boom: Defining Chicago’s role in the Cryptocurrency Market event” on Tuesday featured Sunil Cutinho, president of CME Clearing, who said blockchain will not be the clearing disruptor some believe. He said real time settlement on the blockchain may…

Buyer Beware: Hundreds of Bitcoin Wannabes Show Hallmarks of Fraud John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter


First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff In case you missed it in yesterday’s JLN, Wired’s piece featured the quote of the day from venture partner Jimmy Song, the blockchain skeptic. “You’re a hammer-thrower just looking for nails.”~JK There appears to be something important going on in London this weekend involving a train, a veil and lots of funny hats.~JJL The Pope says credit default swaps are unethical. Let this be the beginning of a discussion, not a jump to conclusions about CDS or what “ethics” mean in the business world versus the church world.~JJL Also, you can read the…

SEC Tries to Scam ICO Investors to Show Them How Easy It Is John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff CME Group is launching Eurodollar Term Mid-Curve Options on June 11, 2018.~JJL The electric car market is for real. The London Metal Exchange announced it will launch contracts on lithium, cobalt, nickel, graphite and manganese, all battery-related components. The IEA forecasted 9 million to 20 million electric vehicles by 2020 and 40 million to 70 million by 2025.~JK Martin Jetter, Barbara Lambert and Joachim Nagel joined the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Börse in an expansion of the number on the board from 12 to 16. These new members were elected for three outgoing…

Why Germans Are Getting Fed Up with America John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Notes from Consensus 2018 – Day 2 Chuck Mackie – John Lothian News As expected, Day 2 of Coindesk‘s Consensus conference lacked some of the energy and fireworks of the first day but it did manage to defy what seems to be a law of nature: fewer people in attendance at the second day of an industry event when compared to the first. In this case, Coindesk announced that total registration ticked up to over 8,500 and it was definitely harder to fight the lines for lunch on the second day compared to the first. Somehow I survived….

CFTC Official Urges SEC to Clarify Ether’s Status John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter


First Read Notes from Day One at Consensus Chuck Mackie – JLN If you had any doubts about the swelling surge of interest in cryptoassets, you only had to try and check in to Coindesk’s Consensus conference in midtown Manhattan around mid-morning on Monday. The line snaked its way back and forth through the 2nd floor lobby, down the escalator and out of the front door of the hotel, and it took up to two-and-a-half hours for the reported 7,700 attendees to check in for the event. Consensus began four years ago with 500 true believers in attendance, grew to…

Michael Bloomberg Slams ‘Epidemic’ Of Political Lies As Danger To Democracy John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Ibbo’s Kilt Challenge By Mark Ibbotson I am wearing a kilt to the IDX 2018 Gala for Futures for Kids because I believe in this charity’s mission! Each year, FIA hosts the IDX Gala in aid of Futures for Kids, an organization that raises funds on behalf of the futures and options industry for charities that strive to provide better lives and futures for children internationally. Over the last nine years, the IDX Gala has raised more than £1.4 million for Futures for Kids, including through the Kilt Challenge. Since 2010, various giants from the futures industry (to…

VIX Faces Probes With Controversial Auction at Issue John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter


First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Congratulations to OIC’s Mary Savoie and the OCC/OIC team that organized this year’s Options Industry Conference. The venue was great, the weather nice and the execution of the conference was terrific.~JJL No one wanted to sponsor a porta potty for the OIC beach cabana party yesterday. Something about bad branding. I suggested OCC should have sponsored them. After all, OCC is where our liquidity is pooled.~JJL We forgot to unlock the video interview with WFE’s Nandini Sukumar. The video is now unlocked and available for viewing. Our apologies, but shame on all of…

Why Profiting From Wall Street Fear is No Longer Easy for Cboe John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Crypto Regulation Is Just Getting Started Jim Kharouf – JLN One thing is certain about regulation of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets. We’re in the earliest of stages. And we’re caught between industry participants clamoring for clarity and regulators taking varied and measured approaches. It’s an awkward time for this market as new ideas and uses for initial coin offerings range from the next great financial payment system on blockchain to the world’s first blockchain toothbrush that lets you mine coins by brushing your teeth. Last month, the Institute For Financial Markets hosted its second Smart Regulation Roundtable…

Milk Is Risky Business. Got Futures? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff CME Group reported its E-mini S&P 500 futures average daily volume rose 17 percent in April to 2.4 million contracts, E-mini Nasdaq future rose 107 percent to 490,000 contracts and E-mini Dow futures rose 82 percent to 261,000 contracts. It also reported record open interest in copper options, Fed Fund futures and 18 record OI days for soybean futures.~JK Quartz is holding a free event in London on June 5, “Cryptocurrency’s Journey into Mainstream Culture.” The event will be at The Relay Building, 1st Floor,114 Whitechapel High Street, London.~JJL The London Stock Exchange…