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BOE’s Carney Calls for Rules to End Cryptocurrency Anarchy John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Don’t Blink, The Markets Are Changing Right In Front of Your Eyes; Eighteen Years Later, Another Inflection Point By John Lothian – JLN Eighteen years after the start of this newsletter, the markets and its participants face new challenges that make reading JLN today even more important, relevant and necessary to keep abreast of the latest disruptive challenges. Today we find ourselves at an inflection point in the markets, with a new generation of digital natives discovering whole new opportunities in the markets, billions of dollars pouring into potentially disintermediating fintech and intense global interest in all things…

A bit of fear is good for markets; FIA seeks talks with Indian exchanges; Nasdaq/OPCOM New Tech John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff See the Spencer Doar commentary below about the VIX manipulation letter. Spencer methodically and politely shreds the letter writer’s argument and credibility.~JJL Here is a list of those countries who have won medals at the winter Olympics so far, and also a complete list of the countries competing.~JJL Tomorrow is the Fintank CryptoCon 2018 event in Chicago. I will be on a panel late in the day, moderated by the one and only Chuck Mackie.~JJL Simon Barnby, formerly of Fidessa, has written a commentary on LinkedIn titled “CMOaaS – proven marketing skills, as…

Don’t hate the game, hate the players; Volatility investors – once bitten but not shy; Vol funds worked – that’s the problem Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The VIX Can’t Cause Vol – Cboe’s View on Volatility ETPs Spencer Doar – JLN As volatility began to surge in February, and then exploded on the fifth of the month, exchange traded products (ETPs) that shorted or provided inverse exposure to VIX futures came under fire. The two most popular, Credit Suisse’s VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term exchange traded note (ETN), ticker XIV, and ProShares’ VIX Short VIX Short-Term Futures exchange traded fund (ETF), ticker SVXY, were the main focus, as they suffered huge losses. Trading in them was halted and then Credit Suisse announced it…

Map to the Volatility Underworld; Nasdaq Moves to Midtown; Crypto “Ponzi” Schemes? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff John Lothian News is pleased to welcome Chuck Mackie as a contributing editor. Chuck will be helping us with event coverage and a yet to be disclosed project. Stay tuned. Welcome, Chuck!~JJL EEX, the Eurex power and commodities exchange, is looking at blockchain for its spot and clearing businesses, including a deal with LO3 Energy, a US-based energy-tech company.~JK Boatloads of content in yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter. If you’re not getting it, feel free to sign up, because, well, it’s free to sign up.~SD JLN updated the VIX page in Marketswiki yesterday. The…

Interview with OCC’s Donohue; Boom in VIX trading; Industry bits Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bits and Pieces SD– JLN While the war of words over Cboe’s end-of-day trading proposition regards equities, we’re going to keep you updated, since the players involved are options exchange groups, too. Today’s news pertains to Cboe and Nasdaq – the two biggest options exchange groups by market share in the U.S. Plus, there are thoughts that, if implemented, the new closing process could affect volatility around the close, which is an options angle. Anyway, Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman called the proposal “irresponsible” and “really bad for investors” and urged regulators to give it a harder look….

Options Market Structure Issues; Timely VIX Hedging; No SPY Alternative for Traders Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Turn Yourself In, It’ll Be Easier: Bank Cooperation On Spoofing Charges Saves Millions Jim Kharouf – JLN Over the past several months, there has been a fair amount of talk about the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s push on the so-called “self-reporting” initiative launched last September and aimed at taking it easier on firms that come forward with wrongdoing. Yesterday’s announced spoofing charges and fines include one of the first such self-reporting cases, with HSBC Securities settling for $1.6 million, Deutsche Bank for $30 million and UBS for $15 million. For the rest of the commentary, click HERE…

Deutsche Boerse ends Asia expansion plans; NYSE, Nasdaq Fighting to Keep Grip on Market Close; Hodgkinson leaving Euronext John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff John Lothian News will be bringing our video team to Boca for the FIA International Conference in March. We will again be shooting our exchange and industry leader video series. If you have some suggestions for topical subjects or persons to interview, email me.~JJL Yesterday we issued a Special Report for the Trading Technologies and GDAX/Coinbase news and Jim Kharouf shot a short video to introduce the story he wrote. I did a short Twitter live piece as an experiment to promote the Special Report. It went fine, except my tie was not…

Chinese-backed bid for Chicago Stock Exchange hits a snag; Nasdaq seeks boost from bitcoin products; Clash Between Founder and Protégé Plunges Och-Ziff Into Crisis John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The FIA’s volume release today revealed global futures and options volumes in 2017 were flat, with 25.1 billion contracts traded. Options volumes were up 11 percent and futures volumes slipped 6.6 percent. The top exchange by volume was CME Group with 4 billion contracts traded, up 3.7 percent from 2016, followed by the National Stock Exchange of India with 2.4 billion contacts, up 16.3 percent and the Intercontinental Exchange with 2.1 billion contracts (futures and equity options), up 4.3 percent. ~JK John Lothian News revamped its MiFID II page in Marketswiki. The page…

This Is Where People Are Buying Bitcoin All Over the World; Who Wants to Be Bitcoin’s Watchdog? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Unsurprisingly, yesterday’s STAC panel on cryptocurrency, moderated by Bcause‘s Sean Ristau, looked to be the best attended. The lack of regulatory certainty is the biggest challenge in crypto, as no one is sure yet whether it is going to be considered a security or cash (SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has said “virtual currencies are unlike any commodity that the CFTC has dealt with in the past, and….pose challenges for the SEC as well.”) Clayton and CFTC Chairman Chris Giancarlo are scheduled to speak with the Senate on the matter next month. The CFTC…