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New SEC broker-dealer rule proposal; Challengers to Libor; VIX-rigging? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Cboe Global Markets announced the settlement of its April expiry bitcoin futures, the fourth contract settlement conducted since the product’s launch on December 10, 2017. The settlement price was $8,055.68.~SR Quote of the day: “I quite understand at the end of the day everybody evolves and changes. China was a developing market that has developed in part because they needed to — they had an economy based on export at all costs…when you have to grow at 10 percent because you have to accommodate a population moving from villages to cities — and…

Kraken Pulls Out of Japan; Attorney Berkovitz to CFTC; Russia blamed for global cyber attack John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff A JLN Special: The 4th annual FinTech Exchange hosted by Barchart on April 25 & 26 in Chicago is giving away 10 tickets to the event, hosted at Venue SIX10 at 610 South Michigan Avenue. This year’s event will showcase presentations from fintech leaders on alternative data, trading innovation, blockchain in capital markets and cryptocurrencies. Hear from the bitcoin exchange Kraken, CME Group, Cboe Global Markets, AFX’s Richard Sandor and many more. This year’s event also features a new, half-day competition on April 25 called Startup Exchange, featuring fast presentations from 16 startupsóincluding…

Bidding war erupts over Fidessa acquisition; Spotify debut; China retaliates John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Yesterday I |announced some promotions for John Lothian News staff members. Managing Editor Sarah Rudolph added the title head of editorial operations, and Spencer Doar was promoted to editor from associate editor. Jeff Bergstrom was given responsibility for cryptomarkets news, Mike Forrester was promoted to producer from video editor, and Jim Kharouf was named contributing global markets editor.~JJL While updating the titles for these JLN team members, we did a major overhaul of the MarketsWiki page for John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.~JJL Institutional Investor has published its annual Trading Tech 40 list…

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,…

Vol products in the spotlight; Cboe’s pain; New VIX ETP Danger Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Wall Street’s volatility products in the spotlight; Market retains potential for upsets after February’s ‘Vix-mageddon’ Christian Pfrang and Robin Wigglesworth – Financial Times (SUBSCRIPTION) A month ago global markets were thrown into a tailspin, with US equities suffering one of their fastest 10 per cent corrections in history. The mayhem raised questions about a small but complex corner of markets where investors trade volatility itself. jlne.ws/2FZ4elX ****SD: I still like vol-cano over Vix-mageddon. Armageddon is a one-off affair while volcanos light up with frequency. One line from the article that I’d say requires a lot more stipulations is:…

U.S. considering ‘material changes’ to ‘Volcker Rule’; Stock Bulls in Trump Country; Replacing Libor is harder in practice John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read The Man Who Molded Chicago’s Merc; Leo Melamed, chairman emeritus of CME Group, helped make his company the world’s largest manager of financial exchanges. Now he’s focusing on the development of Asian markets Jacob Bunge – WSJ In 1939, Leo Melamed learned about the power of financial markets in a bakery in Vilnius, Lithuania. He was 7 years old, trying to use Polish money to buy a loaf of bread. Though Lithuania’s government had deemed the two countries’ currencies equal in value, the baker informed Mr. Melamed that he’d need two Polish zlotys for a loaf that cost…

Market’s $3 Trillion Trauma; FCA and CFTC to collaborate on fintech innovation; Euronext Plans More Acquisitions John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Welcome to Presidents’ Day in the U.S. This is the day when U.S. Presidents have historically taken the day off from Twitter. Just kidding. But it is the day we are not going to publish JLN Options and the JLN staff gets the rest of the day off. Have a great day!~JJL Last week’s CryptoCon 2018 produced some interesting insights into the cryptocurrency space. DRW Cumberland’s Bobby Cho and Jim Radecki revealed just how large that operation is today, with crypto trades representing about 25 percent of DRW’s trades on 30 different currencies…

Mifid II launch overshadowed by futures delay; Ex-UBS Trader Says Bank ‘Mandated’ Conduct That Led to Libor Ban John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff OCC announced that 2017 volume reached the third highest total cleared contract volume ever.~JJL Jessica Darmoni will be moderating a panel at #STAC’s MidWinter Meeting on Artificial Intelligence and how it will influence future traders and analysts.~JJL Want a job with the NFA? Click here to learn more.~JJL CME Group averaged 16.3 million contracts per day in 2017, up 4% from 2016.~JJL John Sodergreen’s Risk Desk has an interview with CFTC Chairman Giancarlo on page 11 of the latest edition.~JJL Nasdaq PHLX LLC has given “Notice of Withdrawal of a Proposed Rule…

Blockchain to massively change commodities; Cboe’s Tilly predicts more consolidation; Chinese oil futures? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff We are rolling out the first of the videos from the MarketsWiki Education recruiting event held the Monday of EXPO week in Chicago. The first video features Cboe’s Ed Tilly.~JJL Recall the “broker fee wars” earlier in the year? Fidelity, TD, Schwab and a whole bunch of others started slashing commissions and fees, bringing much of the $7 per equity trade shops down to $5 a trade and some of the discount brokers even lower. Then there’s tastyworks’ $1 to open/free to close options trading setup. Well, unicorn-valued trading app Robinhood just…