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SEC Pours Cold Water on Prospect of Bitcoin ETFs; Rolling back regulations often comes before a financial meltdown; Bond Markets’ Last Line of Resistance Faces Digital Encroachment John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff I will be in Washington, DC on Monday and Tuesday for the Technology Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday at the CFTC. ~JJL IMC was in the builtinchicago list of “The 10 coolest Chicago tech offices we saw in 2017”. ~JJL This, from https://goo.gl/xGjaTW|today’s New York Times piece, “‘Every time you transfer a cryptocurrency, you might trigger a gain and pay a tax,’ said Selva Ozelli, a tax lawyer and accountant.” ~JK There’s a new report out from WalletHub regarding 2018’s [U.S.] Cities with the Highest and Lowest Credit-Card Debts. Chicago comes in the…

The Trouble With Those Can’t-Miss Trades; Short VIX bets hit record high Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories The Trouble With Those Can’t-Miss Trades; With the VIX skidding lower, shorting the fear gauge seems like a sure thing. As market history shows, that’s an unsettling prospect. Randall W. Forsyth – Barron’s “It’s quiet, too quiet.” That movie cliché hangs over the financial markets these days, as the volatility of virtually everything—stocks, bonds, and currencies—is apparent in its very absence. You might think this placidity is because peace on earth and goodwill toward all had become a year-round reality rather than a wistful holiday wish. Or that our elected officials had taken seriously the people’s business to…

Anthony Pereira, Percentile – A Technical Ride Through Two Market Crashes MWEd,Video,video

“What [the dot-com bubble] made clear to me was that the marketplace and what was actually going on in the world of software development were two very different things.”   All Anthony Pereira, founder and CEO of Percentile, had wanted to do was build software and write code. That took him to the frontlines of two industry crises: he worked for a tech company during the dot-com bubble and a bank during the financial crisis. During the tech bubble, he saw paper millionaires get wiped out when his firm’s stock went from $300 to $6. With that came the realization…