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Banks’ sizzling derivatives trading; Options markets creeping fear Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight June 2018 Global Derivatives Volumes via FIA ++++ Shortwave Trading – Part IV – Sleuthing Examples, Research Tools, Techniques, and Deputy Antenna Sleuth Homework Bob Van Valzah – Sniper In Mahwah After my first few public posts about shortwave trading, I gradually realized that I’d inadvertently created a worldwide network of deputy antenna sleuths. This is the final post in the Shortwave Trading series since the terms of my forthcoming employment agreement will prohibit me from future public talk on the technology of trading. I want to leave behind details on some of the research tools and…

JPM’s $65m ISDAFIX fine; EU HFT rules; Blockchain for margin and collateral? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The MontrÈal Exchange announced new futures on exchange-traded funds (ETF) and trust units are now available.~JJL The European Banking Authority released its 2017 annual report. A few of the key areas earmarked for extra focus in 2018 are: preparation for Basel III implementation, improving credit risk modelling, developing a common framework for non-performing loans, and third-country equivalence.~SD According to a recent study from FTSE Russell, “the green economy represents 6 percent of the market capitalization of global listed companies, approximately US$4 trillion.” That’s roughly the same as fossil fuels. ~SD Bank of Canada…

JLN Options: ’50 Cent’ Returns; Clinging to Risk; Central bank activity Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Miscellany for Thursday The new edition of FIA’s MarketVoice is available online. FANG+ Options went live at NYSE on Monday. Trade Alert is now live with VIX futures info. We started rolling out videos from FIA IDX. First up was ICE Europe’s Stuart Williams. Speaking of videos, we released a video with CME Group’s options head Derek Sammann where he talks about the franchise’s continued growth. In case you missed it, Robinhood’s options trading business is apparently booming. ++++++ None of Us Understand Probability RCM Alternatives This week kicks off the World Cup, and while the U.S….

Barclays CEO Hit With $850k Fine; Former JPMorgan trader charged FX fixing John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Chicago Venture Capital Firms Are Funding Fintech Sarah Rudolph, JLN Chicago may not be doing as well as some other cities in certain areas, but it is leading the charge in technological innovation in the financial world and in the crypto world. Several Chicago-based venture capital companies took part in a panel on financial innovation moderated by Chuck Mackie, consultant at Maven Wave Partners and contributing editor to John Lothian News, at The Trading Show Chicago on Thursday. DRW works with companies on development in the later stages. Its Digital Asset Holdings venture, headed by Blythe Masters, is…

How a volatility virus infected Wall Street John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff At yesterday’s IFM Smart Financial Regulation Roundtable: Implications of Cryptocurrencies in Washington DC, Rostin Behnam, commissioner, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, was asked if he could change one thing about the crypto markets what would it be? He said it would be regulation of the cash crypto markets, although not necessarily by the CFTC.~JK Also, Angela Walch, associate professor, St. Mary’s University School of Law made one of the more stunning comments about the crypto markets, which she said feature several powerful so-called miners, dispelling the notion that these markets are decentralized and uncontrolled…

SEC charges ICO backers with fraud; Libor alternative; UK gender pay gaps John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Dr. Richard Sandor, chairman and CEO of AFX, will discuss his personal journey of innovation throughout the capital markets during a keynote presentation at Fintech Exchange 2018 in Chicago on April 26.~JJL Speaking of the AFX, they set a volume record in March.~JJL CME Group put out a couple of pieces about Asia recently. In case you missed it, March 22 had The Growing Influence of Asia In Derivatives Trading and on March 29 CME published Asia’s Growing Role in Energy Trading. Sensing a theme yet?~SD According to their 2017 Corporate Citizenship Report,…

Flash-crash trader helps US in fight against market abuse; Justice Department Charges Eight Traders With Deceptive Futures Market Trading; Decade of Easy Cash Turns Bond Market Upside Down John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Turn Yourself In, It’ll Be Easier: Bank Cooperation On Spoofing Charges Saves Millions Jim Kharouf – JLN Over the past several months, there has been a fair amount of talk about the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s push on the so-called “self-reporting” initiative launched last September and aimed at taking it easier on firms that come forward with wrongdoing. Yesterday’s announced spoofing charges and fines include one of the first such self-reporting cases, with HSBC Securities settling for $1.6 million, Deutsche Bank for $30 million and UBS for $15 million. For the rest of the commentary, click HERE ++++…

This Is Where People Are Buying Bitcoin All Over the World; Who Wants to Be Bitcoin’s Watchdog? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Unsurprisingly, yesterday’s STAC panel on cryptocurrency, moderated by Bcause‘s Sean Ristau, looked to be the best attended. The lack of regulatory certainty is the biggest challenge in crypto, as no one is sure yet whether it is going to be considered a security or cash (SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has said “virtual currencies are unlike any commodity that the CFTC has dealt with in the past, and….pose challenges for the SEC as well.”) Clayton and CFTC Chairman Chris Giancarlo are scheduled to speak with the Senate on the matter next month. The CFTC…

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…