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Corzine and his ilk Should be Banned Across All Asset Classes Note: A correction to this story has been posted here. The NFA and FINRA to recognize the bans of other regulators. With the recent news that former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine is attempting to make a comeback at age 70 as a hedge fund manager, it became clear there is a hole in our regulatory system that needs to be fixed. Corzine is banned for life by the CFTC from trading futures, yet he can operate in the securities and FX worlds managing other people’s money. It is…

Post-Bitcoin Technology Has Geeks, Giants, and Hackers Excited; Acting SEC chair plans test to lower exchange fees; Cowen Group in talks to buy brokerage Convergex John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian John Lothian News has learned that OCC President and COO Mike McClain has resigned and left the organization. His last day was two days ago when the OCC held a goodbye event in Chicago. The official narrative is that he left for personal reasons, including the continued attention to his wife, who is battling illness. Other sources have cited the high turnover the OCC has seen in recent years and some of the pressures at the core of that for McClain’s departure. McClain had been with the OCC for 15 years…

Dismantling Dodd-Frank May Have to Wait; How the Euro Could Break Up—or Be Saved; UK’s May defeated as lawmakers demand power to reject final Brexit terms John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read More power to ’em: Nodal acquired by EEX Spencer Doar – JLN The UK doesn’t want ICE to have Trayport. The LSE/Deutsche Boerse deal looks dead in the water. But in one neck of the exchange woods ó power ó all parties appear happy. Last Friday, the energy exchange EEX (part of the Deutsche Boerse empire) agreed to buy the U.S. based Nodal Exchange in an all-share deal, instantly turning the franchise global. /goo.gl/CxWwSC **JK: Our interview with Paul Cusenza about Nodal and EEX. ++++ Playing With No Reserves Sean Brown – YCharts Working at a startup or…

UK court upholds ICE Trayport sale order; State Street to Start Voting Against Companies That Don’t Have Women Directors; AI technology to replace 90,000 buy-side jobs by 2025 John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Rosenthal Collins Group Appoints Matthew Straight CIO Press Release Rosenthal Collins Group LLC (RCG), a leading independent futures clearing firm, announced the appointment of Matthew Straight as its new Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President. Straight joins RCG with 26 years of experience in technology leadership, engineering and financial services. /goo.gl/KxUjxm **JK: Congrats to Matthew and to RCG. ++++ Trade like a girl; Trading desks in the asset management industry are dominated by men, but this patriarchal trend is beginning to shift as women on the buy-side are uniting to encourage others to join the sector. Hayley…

The End Of The Line Commentary,Feature

So it appears this is the end of the line for Jon Corzine, the disgraced former head of MF Global, the man who essentially brought down the firm with lousy trades on European debt markets, helped cripple the futures industry and tarnished its once iron clad guarantee on customer funds. The firm dipped into customer segregated funds, something Corzine has long denied knowing, and left the collapsed firms’ customers wondering what happened to more than $1 billion of their money. The CFTC settled its case with Corzine yesterday, as the man, the myth, agreed to a lifetime trading ban from…

Corzine Agrees to Futures Industry Ban in CFTC Settlement; Hyperledger Blockchain Project Announces ‘Technical Working Group China’ Following Strong Interest; LCH sees record swaps clearing activity in 2016 John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

MF Global

First Read The End Of The Line Jim Kharouf, JLN So it appears this is the end of the line for Jon Corzine, the disgraced former head of MF Global, the man who essentially brought down the firm with lousy trades on European debt markets, helped cripple the futures industry and tarnished its once iron clad guarantee on customer funds. The firm dipped into customer segregated funds, something Corzine has long denied knowing, and left the collapsed firms’ customers wondering what happened to more than $1 billion of their money. The CFTC settled its case with Corzine yesterday, as the…

Lisa Dunsky, OCC – Hit By A Brick: How Setbacks Shape Your Career MarketsWiki Education,Video

“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” – Steve Jobs, at the commencement speech at Stanford in 2005. It’s sometimes hard to see what challenges and setbacks will do for your career, but in this very personal and articulate presentation, Lisa Dunsky, senior compliance officer at OCC, describes how tragic events can transform your skill set and your career. Speaking at the MarketsWiki Education World Of Opportunity event in Chicago in 2016, Dunsky tells the story of the October 2005 Refco meltdown, the publicly traded brokerage firm that went bankrupt after…

Profiles: Tom Kadlec video

From regulation to technology to the revenue structure, futures commission merchants have experienced drastic changes over the last 30 years, as Tom Kadlec, CEO of ADM Investor Services, knows full well. In this John Lothian Profiles piece, Kadlec talks about his career in the futures markets, the importance of mentoring, current challenges and opportunities, and “The ADM Way.” In the winter of 1980, in the final stages of earning his accounting degree, Kadlec had a career chat with one of his finance professors at the University of Iowa, who suggested he try his hand at this “new business” – the…

JLN Managed Futures: Strong start to 2016 for CTAs; Liquidation of MF Global Comes to an End; Goldman Sachs Abandons Five of Six ‘Top Trade’ Calls for 2016 Managed Futures,Newsletter

Observations/Commentary Better Late than Never JLN Managed futures apologizes for being a day late in the delivery of the mid-month edition. Today’s issue brings you a bit of everything from lousy performances from hedge funds and John Paulson in January (but a 2009-esque surge for managed futures), to an informative video interview with Allison Yacker, of Katten Muchin Rosenman, on the keys to seed investor deals for emerging managers. If you don’t know much about seed money deals, here’s a great starter. Germination And Emergence: Allison Yacker on Emerging Manager Seeding Arrangements JohnLothianNews.com In the trading space, much like the…