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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…

Don’t Believe Options Traders; Europe’s Volatility Curve Is Getting Kinky Ahead of French Vote; Trump’s dollar paradox promises roller-coaster ride for currencies Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight January Marketshare via OCC ++++++ On another note, check out what the VIX momentarily did after the Fed yesterday: Here’s a closer breakdown of the action from the CBOE: Time Index Quote 12:59:56 p.m. CT   11.50 1:00:11 p.m. CT      9.97 1:00:26 p.m. CT     11.53 ++++++ CBOE VIX index briefly broke below 10 after Federal Reserve decision Fred Imbert – CNBC Something strange happened to Wall Street’s so-called fear index on Wednesday. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, broke below 10 for less than a minute Wednesday at…

John Lothian Newsletter: NYSE Owner ICE, CME Group Mulling Bids for LSE; U.S. Mortgage-Bond Proposal to Melt 8-Year Freeze Advances; IEX Adjusts Exchange Application to Circumvent Key Objection John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Getting My Start Don Wilson, CEO, DRW Holdings, this week’s guest editor I came to my career choice the way many students do—trying a few things until something sticks. When I started college at the University of Chicago, I was interested in science and math, but wasn’t really sure what to pursue. Eventually I decided that what actually interested me was using math to solve problems and, after some exposure to economics and finance, I realized that applying math to markets in a trading environment would be ideal. Getting instantaneous feedback about the decisions you make and being…

John Lothian Newsletter: U.S. stock market reforms suggested to prevent market chaos; Rule 48 Nears Its End at the NYSE; LSE names board of directors for new futures exchange John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Why Our Strategic Plan is Important to Hong Kong Charles Li, HKEx We recently unveiled our third three-year Strategic Plan since I’ve been at HKEX, and it’s our most ambitious yet. Our first plan aspired to go into commodities, and we bought the London Metal Exchange. Our second plan aspired to develop mutual market access and connect with Mainland China’s equity market, and we launched Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect. Now we have a new plan for 2016 to 2018, and given our bold aspirations, people are asking me why we have such an ambitious agenda and how we…