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Bitcoin is the greatest scam in history John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Exchange clearing specialist and economist Thom Thompson has joined John Lothian News part-time as a contributing editor for the CryptoMarketsWiki.com project. Thomson has worked with the Chicago Board of Trade, BOTCC, Deutsche Boerse, Eurex, Eurex Clearing and the Swiss Exchange in a career that began at the CFTC as an industry economist. More recently, Thomson has worked with exchange startups Seed CX and Bcause. He can be contacted at thomthompson@johnlothian.com.~JJL If you wish to vote for whatever horse you have in the Intelligent Trading Technology Awards race, go here. ~SD Hanweck has been…

The 30 minutes that have an outsized role in US stock trading John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Two noteworthy items about the two firms bidding for Fidessa. ION and rival bidder SS&C Technologies both claim the Carlyle Group or affiliates as investors. Both companies have grown dramatically via acquisition. SS&C has made dozens of deals – the latest a $5.4 billion purchase of DST Systems. Privately-held ION has made nine acquisitions since 2008 and has a bid of $2.09 billion for Fidessa.~JK CBOE Chairman & CEO Ed Tilly and President Chris Concannon sent a customer letter about VIX pricing and recent erroneous claims in academic paper.~JJL Category: So I got…

Revamping Nasdaq’s Tech Approach – Lars Ottersgård, Nasdaq Feature,Mwiki,Video,video

After Adena Friedman became Nasdaq’s CEO at the end of 2016, the exchange group’s management team evaluated where would be best to invest moving forward. One decision out of that process was to shift to becoming more of a fully integrated, cloud-enabled managed services provider. The plan came together in 2017. 2018 is the year for execution. In this video from JLN’s annual series with industry leaders, Nasdaq’s EVP and Head of Market Technology Lars Ottersgård talks about machine learning, data governance, parimutuel technology and cloud computing. Produced by Mike Forrester Interview by Spencer Doar

NASDAQ’s Longfin options tangle; Creative FX trades; Manipulation talk Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Now NASDAQ gets in a tangle Jamie Powell – Financial Times Last month we published a story on Longfin, a Nasdaq listed trade-finance company with a tenuous link to blockchain technology and hence an excessively high market capitalisation. To recap, FTSE Russell decided to add Longfin to its Russell 2000 and 3000 small-cap indexes. Index funds then bought shares for their various products. There was one problem though. /goo.gl/7p4WD7 ****SD: “Tomorrow, 26,951 of Longfin put options will expire, representing 2,695,100 shares as each options contract is for 100 shares. In other words, the rights to sell account for…

CME Record International ADV; Martin Act Opposition; Nasdaq Completes Media/PR Sale John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Congratulations to the World Federation of Exchanges on its IOMA Clearing & Derivatives Conference, concluded on Friday. The event, as usual, attracted exchange, clearing and market infrastructure from several continents and was well focused on the challenges and issues facing global CCPs. Nicely done.~JK Ankur Kamalia, managing director, head of group venture portfolio management & DB1 Ventures at Deutsche Bˆrse said at the WFE IOMA conference that his group has met with 750 fintech firms over the past three years and invested in just seven. Among those is Digital Asset Holdings.~JK Interesting tidbit…

The Spread – Week of 4/2 to 4/6 Video,video

Lawsuits and volatility and a birthday – oh my! As the VIX ebbs and flows in a year proving quite different from the previous one, JLN presents another episode of The Spread, our weekly options-related news recap. The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode: -Press Release – Federman & Sherwood Announces Filing of Securities Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Investors in Credit Suisse VelocityShares Inverse VIX Short Term Exchange Traded Notes -Press Release – Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Files VIX “Fear Gauge” Manipulation Class Action Suit against the VIX Exchange CBOE -Bloomberg – Nasdaq Options…

MIAX Challenges Nasdaq Options Patents; Crisis hedge funds’ lackluster performance Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight With trade war, U.S. and China stumble into the Thucydides Trap John Kemp – Reuters The United States and China have fired the opening shots in a trade war that may be hard to stop. /jlne.ws/2GxA4tV ****SD: Regardless of the situation, whenever I see Thucydides mentioned I have to reread the Financial Times Alphaville article For the love of Zeus, stop misusing Thucydides from last summer for context. It’s well worth the more in depth history lesson/tuneup. Surprisingly, three of the four Trump officials referenced in the piece who are known for their Thucydides fandom are actually…

Bidding war erupts over Fidessa acquisition; Spotify debut; China retaliates John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Yesterday I |announced some promotions for John Lothian News staff members. Managing Editor Sarah Rudolph added the title head of editorial operations, and Spencer Doar was promoted to editor from associate editor. Jeff Bergstrom was given responsibility for cryptomarkets news, Mike Forrester was promoted to producer from video editor, and Jim Kharouf was named contributing global markets editor.~JJL While updating the titles for these JLN team members, we did a major overhaul of the MarketsWiki page for John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.~JJL Institutional Investor has published its annual Trading Tech 40 list…

The Spread – Week of 3/26 to 3/29 Video,video

Heyo! Markets in 2018 = not boring. This week in The Spread we cover gyrating indices, a gigantic deal, the resurgence of “exotic” ETPs, the Easter holiday, the start of the MLB season and a few sour notes in the financial media space. The following are the stories referenced in this week’s options-related news recap: CNN – Disgraced Aussie cricketers return home after ball tampering ban Reuters – Exchange operator CME Group to buy Britain’s NEX for $5.5 billion Financial News – CME plans hundreds of job cuts after £3.8bn NEX takeover Automated Trader – Automated Trader Homepage BuzzFeed News…