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Spot Trading cuts headcount; Wall Street Fines Fall in Trump’s First Year; J.P. Morgan’s Mobile Payments Struggle John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Exchange Analytics has released a new Market Conduct Training Course.~JJL The World Gold Council reports that gold-backed ETF holdings increased by 3.3 in October to 2,347.6 tonnes. Europe led inflows, as investors added 11.2t of gold through funds; North America had outflows of 8t, reversing some September gains; funds in Asia gained 0.8t, but ETFs in other regions lost -0.7t in October. This is amid a year-on-year 9% drop in general demand for gold to 915 tonnes.~SR The CME’s Blu Putnam and Erik Norland have another piece out comparing the characteristics of…

The market’s risky bet on stability; Bets on a stock market rally using options just hit record levels; Euro Is Suddenly Everyone’s Favorite After First Round of French Election Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Did you know? Jim Kharouf and Spencer Doar – JLN Moscow, OneChicago, MexDer, Fear Gauge and Trump Street with an Irish twist. No, they are not connected. One of the interesting things about updating annual volume figures on our MarketsWiki site is the snapshot of how a particular exchange has been doing over a number of years. The FIA Annual Volume Survey shows a couple of unusual suspects in the top 5 in 2016 with the National Stock Exchange of India coming in second and the Moscow Exchange at number four in terms of derivatives volumes. At…

Big Banks Poised to Scoop Up Fintech Startups, Report Finds; Frankfurt-London Truce Died Along With Deutsche Boerse Deal; Data Clash Heats Up Between Banks and New York Stock Exchange John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read NEX Stop, The Future Of Markets Jim Kharouf – JLN Sometimes the machine needs a reboot. Such is the case with NEX Group, the former ICAP group minus the ICAP voice brokerage business. By now, we know that NEX’s CEO Michael Spencer looked to the future and decided that voice brokering wasn’t it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. But it just isn’t what he wants to do with his time or shareholder money. So what’s left? Plenty actually, although it took me a while to figure it out. In a simplistic sense, the company is rolling all…

NEX Stop, The Future Of Markets Blog,Commentary,Feature

Sometimes the machine needs a reboot. Such is the case with NEX Group, the former ICAP group minus the ICAP voice brokerage business. By now, we know that NEX’s CEO Michael Spencer looked to the future and decided that voice brokering wasn’t it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. But it just isn’t what he wants to do with his time or shareholder money. So what’s left? Plenty actually, although it took me a while to figure it out. In a simplistic sense, the company is rolling all of its trading platforms, technology companies and venture capital arm into one…

Next Frontier: NEX Group’s Michael Spencer Says The New Firm In Position To Capitalize On Trading And Technology Feature,Video,video

With the sale of the ICAP voice brokerage business in December 2016, NEX Group was born, or perhaps, re-born. The re-booted NEX is composed of electronic OTC interest rate and FX markets, a listed exchange, plus a group of technology firms for pre- and post-trade services, as well as a venture capital firm focused on fintech. NEX CEO Michael Spencer spoke with John Lothian News at the FIA Boca conference about the newly formed company which he described as a “technology focused series of assets.” By that he means NEX still operates four main business units: NEX Markets, which runs…

Ding-dong the VIX is dead (but risk is rising); Europe is ‘unlikely’ to seize euro-based clearing from London, says S&P; Yellen Signals Fed Remains Likely to Raise Rates Next Month Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Ding-dong the VIX is dead (but risk is rising) James Saft – Reuters The VIX, the so-called fear gauge, is dead but the real risk-appetite index is falling. The dollar is the new and true North Star of global markets, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Bank for International Settlements, with a rising dollar coinciding with falling risk tolerance. This just in time for the Trump era, widely expected to bring with it rising inflation and interest rates driving a rising dollar. /goo.gl/UckqBt ****SD: Maybe people always inferred too much from the VIX? Whatever the…

John Lothian Newsletter: Banks Said to Face SEC Probe Into Possible Credit Swap Collusion; European Commission Drops Probe Into Banks on Derivatives; Brazil’s Cetip Rejects Unsolicited Bid From BM&FBovespa John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read The 2015 Home Stretch, and a Look to 2016 Doug Ashburn, JLN When I was a trader, one of the things I hated most was downtime. We had plenty of that in the FX options space. The Pareto Principle held pretty true in that 80 percent of the P&L was generated on 20 percent of trading days. December was often the epitome of downtime. After the December quarterly options expiration, which generally coincides with the December unemployment number, I and other independent market makers were loath to take on new positions. If it was a good year, my…