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Top investors want Deutsche Börse chief to resign; ICE ramps up move on corporate bond market John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes It was a big day for ICE yesterday as they announced two acquisitions, BondPoint from Virtu and a stake in Euroclear from RBS. Here is a commentary written August 17 by Jim Greco of TradingPlaces about Virtu and the possibilities for BondPoint.~JJL Slides are available for download by STAC members on the STAC website. This is the Securities Technology Analysis Center, not Securities Traders Association of Chicago.~JJL Myron Scholes, Ph.D. will be speaking at the CFA Society of Chicago on November 17 at the Palmer House on “The Evolution of Asset Management: Risk Management.”~JJL LSE’s…

Cohn Says Clearinghouses Could Create New Systemic Problem; EU and US agree to accept each other’s derivatives rules John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Jenny Knott stepped down as CEO of NEX Optimisation. FIA is hiring two people for its communications department: a director of communications working with senior management to develop, implement and coordinate our overall press and public relations strategy and thought leadership; and a director of editorial services managing member and industry communications, the production of editorial content and the delivery of that content to multiple audiences across multiple channels. More information is available HERE.~JJL Registration is now open for CMC’s annual State of the Industry Conference in Miami Beach — January 28-30, 2018~JJL Asia Pacific…

TradingScreen rejects claims by shareholder group; Citigroup, Deutsche, HSBC Agree to Settlement John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Care to guess what the best performing financial asset of 2017 has been? According to Macquarie as cited in this Financial Times story, it’s the metal cobalt. Cobalt is up some 80 percent this year on the back of increased demand for electric vehicles.~SD Crain’s put out a list showing which companies won the most patents in Chicago in 2016. Trading Technologies is on there with nine. Tops by a longshot is Boeing with 1,045 (second and third go to Honeywell and Caterpillar, respectively). It’s all part of the Crain’s “Chicago’s Most…

CAT to boost cybersecurity threat?; FX markets stuck in low-volatility; Light trading volume in banks’ results Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Audit Trail Could Boost Cybersecurity Threat, Exchanges Say Benjamin Bain – Bloomberg CBOE’s Concannon sees little benefit gained for greater risk; SEC facing calls to delay CAT until security can be ensured Stock exchanges could become more exposed to cyberattacks through a trade database being built to help U.S. regulators police markets, industry executives said Tuesday. jlne.ws/2ygTyNx ****SD: Not to be lost in this ongoing discussion: SROs helped write the requirements for the CAT. FX Markets Are Stuck in Low-Volatility Quicksand With No Escape Dani Burger – Bloomberg Currency markets are trapped by low volatility and only a…

CME, Linchpin of Chicago Finance, Says It’s Not Tied to the City John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read How AI Is Reshaping ISVs: TT’s Rick Lane Looks at AI for Everything from Compliance to Finding Trading Opportunities John Lothian News Trading Technologies announced yesterday the acquisition of Neurensic, an artificial intelligence regulation and compliance firm (terms were not disclosed). The deal brings Neurensic’s AI technology into TT and provides a new compliance platform for the firm. But the potential for the technology goes well beyond that. TT’s CEO Rick Lane spoke with JLN’s Jim Kharouf about where this technology is going next. /goo.gl/ZwUnYe ++++ Hits & Takes By JLN Staff We have closed registration for the…

Equity volatility schemes seen widely used; Volatility risk endures; Laszlo Birinyi’s calls Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Crypto Developments of the Week – There Were a Lot Spencer Doar – JLN The news just won’t stop in the crypto space and with the big exchanges making moves, new platforms seemingly launched every day, ETFs trying to get off the ground and regulatory concerns, it is worth reviewing some of the week’s news. Most of the developments were setbacks. Reuters has an expose out today about how chaos and hackers stalk investors on cryptocurrency exchanges. Plus, there are ongoing concerns about about transaction and transfer costs in bitcoin as Bloomberg laid out in today’s Paying…

Hong Kong eyes derivatives in wake of MiFID; Volatility risk premium Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight 2017 FIA Expo Preview with Walt Lukken JohnLothianNews.com JLN sat down with Walt Lukken, President and CEO of the FIA, to discuss this year’s EXPO event in Chicago. Innovation is the theme this year at EXPO and Lukken is looking for the next generation of ideas. At the innovators pavilion, 20 new and exciting start-ups showcase their brand in front of a panel of judges. With 5,000 industry professionals in attendance, EXPO is a great way to connect with industry leaders, identify trends and staying informed about the latest developments in technology and regulation. Speakers include Craig…

The Massive Hedge Fund Betting on AI; U.S., EU fines on banks’ misconduct to top $400 billion by 2020 John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Former JLNer Doug Ashburn‘s mom, Margaret Anne “Margie” Ashburn, 72, of Creve Coeur, died Saturday, September 23, 2017 at her home. Details on services are posted here. Our sincere condolences go out to Doug and Nancy Ashburn and family. PricewaterhouseCoopers Global FinTech Report 2017, reported that 77 percent of survey respondents in financial services are expected “to adopt blockchain as part of an in production system or process by 2020.” ~JK And now a note from a great musician Matt Scharpf of Eurex. “Once again I am participating in Rocktoberfest sponsored by…

Nasdaq Launches New Machine Learning Technology for Surveillance Efforts on Nordic Markets John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Nasdaq, a technology company spawned from the exchange space, has announced the first machine learning implementation in market surveillance. The system is part of their SMARTS, which is enjoying tremendous growth since Nasdaq acquired it in 2010. Officially, “Nasdaq’s SMARTS, in collaboration with Nasdaq Nordic, has deployed machine learning capabilities which analyze abnormal market events and improves the alerting processes surrounding market abuse detection.”~JJL CME‘s electronic options averaged 2.2 million contracts per day in August, up 51 percent over the same period last year.~JK ICE has published a video to talk about…