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Short vol losses a cautionary tale for using leverage; EU probes UK tax treatment of commodity derivatives; Bull market birthday Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Miscellaneous Notes for March 9 Spencer Doar – JLN A chunk of the JLN crew will be down in Florida for FIA Boca from Monday through Friday. We have a ton of content lined up with all sorts of finance and technology luminaries – the next month is going to be a torrent of insight and perspective from all corners of the industry. If you are not around, the FIA will be broadcasting some of the key sessions with recordings available after the fact. Just go to FIA’s Boca page. Speaking of next week, our episodes of…

CFTC Opens Way to Bitcoin Futures; More Bitcoin; Brexit May Leave Banks on the Hook for Impossible Contracts John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Putting on My Broker Hat About Bitcoin By John J. Lothian, JLN Everyone is asking about bitcoin. A journalist called and asked to interview me. A magazine called and asked me to write something. A brokerage firm chief risk manager called to ask me my opinion about bitcoin and bitcoin futures. Two weeks ago, a former employer I have not seen in 10 years called me out in for my bitcoin qualms. At the dinner table my son Robby opened up about owning not just bitcoin, but bitcoin cash, ether and monero. This is a full-fledged mania….

NYSE Told Major Outage in 2015 May Have Broken Securities Rules; The Race to the Speed of Light Is Accelerating; Rolling Back the Fiduciary Rule – a Primer on Making (and Unmaking) a Regulation John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Solidifying an American foothold: LSEG’s UnaVista and MTS platforms look to expand Spencer Doar – JLN The London Stock Exchange Group has plenty of reasons to be in the news due to its pending merger with Deutsche Boerse, but while all of those discussions take place, parts of the LSEG family are making moves of their own. The two arms in motion are MTS, a bond trading platform, and UnaVista, a back and middle office platform for reconciliation, reporting, matching and validation. Both are in a similar situation — they have a large presence in Europe but not…

John Lothian Newsletter: Germany Blasts Deutsche Bank Executives Over Culture; China Has the World’s ‘Safest’ Equity Market, HKEx CEO Says; SEC Cranks Up Probe Into Fund Firms’ Fees John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Doug Ashburn has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. He assumes this new role in addition to his roles as head of business development and editor at large for John Lothian News. Previously Jon Matte held the role of COO, one that he assumed when he joined the company in August of 2007 to help start building Jon left last January for a company in adventure tourism in Norway. Doug joined JJLCO in 2011 as an intern to help us…