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U.S. pension funds sue big banks over stock lending; Henry Hub Emerges as Natural Gas Benchmark; SEC officials’ potential conflicts John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The CBOE has informed us the speaker for the MarketsWiki Education Recruiting event for the CBOE will be Ed Tilly and/or Chris Concannon. So there you go.~JJL Our post yesterday on Asia Pacific Financial News is available HERE.~JJL It was a action packed week for the Trading Tech 300 program with NEX Group, Nuveen and Enova International offering merit badges to Chicago area Boy Scouts. The feedback from Scouts, parents and Scouting professionals has been terrific. One Scout said the NEX Group session was the “best of the best” of Trading Tech…

Extreme Positioning in Options Markets Can Offer Trade Signals, Says Morgan Stanley; Hedging Costs Jump in Europe’s Stock Market; Hong Kong plans bigger derivatives role Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Extreme Positioning in Options Markets Can Offer Trade Signals, Says Morgan Stanley V Ramakrishnan – Bloomberg Data suggests Mexico peso to gain, U.S. two-year swaps to fall; Some assets move in opposite direction of positioning: MS Investors seeking winning strategies across asset classes might want to take a look at how traders are positioned in options markets to get an idea of what’s coming. A Morgan Stanley study of about 20 assets from currencies to Treasuries found traders could earn “significantly above average” returns by looking for what the paper’s authors called extreme positioning. That’s when the gap…

New Energy: Nasdaq’s Greifeld Looks To Shake Up Energy Space Interview,Video

Nasdaq’s CEO Bob Greifeld shook things up at the FIA Boca Conference with the announcement it plans to launch a new futures exchange that will focus on energies, bringing new competition to the Intercontinental Exchange and CME Group. Greifeld spoke with John Lothian News editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf about the new pricing and clearing model, as well as his views on regulation, technology and how Nasdaq is positioned going forward. “The statement of the problem is this, we do not have a single customer who says ‘I would prefer to be in a vertical monopoly, I prefer to be in a…

Exchange CEO Series – Asian Opportunity: CME Group’s Phupinder Gill says Asia is the place to be Interview,Regulation,Video

Exchanges have never faced more challenges and opportunities than they do today. John Lothian News sat down with six exchange CEOs at the 2014 FIA Boca Conference to talk about their views on four main topics: competition, regulation, growth and technology. Phupinder Gill, CEO of CME Group, said that regulation will continue to define the competition and industry framework for the foreseeable future and rising global demand for existing and new products, particularly from Asia will drive growth. “The competitive landscape, as it stands now, is going to be largely dictated by where the regulatory landscape takes us,” Gill said….

ICE U.K. NBP Natural Gas Futures Set Daily Volume Record, Ukraine reshapes US debate on gas exports, John Podesta: The man behind President Obama’s new environmental push Environmental/Energy,Newsletter

Quote of the Day: “The CDM remains the only viable international currency in offset credits that we have, and raised ambition in any post-2020 agreement means prices are bound to rise, rekindling interest from investors,” Hugh Sealy, head of the CDM Executive Board, said in’s story, UN climate deal could ‘revive’ offset market says CDM chief. Lead Stories ICE U.K. NBP Natural Gas Futures Set Daily Volume RecordPress releaseIntercontinentalExchange (NYSE:ICE), a leading operator of global regulated futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, announced today that ICE U.K. National Balancing Point (NBP) Natural Gas futures achieved a daily…

JLN Environmental/Energy: EPA Greenhouse-Gas Rules Draw U.S. Supreme Court Scrutiny; Cracking the Energy Puzzles of the 21st Century; India Increases Effort to Harness Biomass Energy Environmental/Energy,Newsletter

In this edition, the Supreme Court will decide whether to block key aspects of the Obama administration’s plan aimed at cutting power plant and factory emissions. The AP and others have coverage. Plus, China Offers Cash in Bid to Cut Air Pollution, says The Wall Street Journal. Quote of the Day: “Populations are switching to domestic fuels when they can’t afford energy prices.” –Valentin Foltescu, an air quality expert at the World Health Organization, in The New York Times’ “Bulgaria’s Air Is Dirtiest in Europe, Study Finds, Followed by Poland” Lead Stories High court will review EPA global warming rules…

JLN Environmental/Energy: China to Have ETS by 2020; Coal to Surpass Oil as Top Global Fuel by 2020; US Energy Revolution Will End Old OPEC Regime Environmental/Energy,Newsletter

In this edition, renewables news (some positive, some not) flows in from around the globe: Clean Energy Investment Headed for Second Annual Decline; EU unveils funding list for gas, power projects; German renewable surcharge to rise nearly 1 cent in 2014-sources; Chile Doubles Renewable-Energy Goal to 20% to Spark New Projects. Plus, Australians are betting China to have ETS ‘by 2020’. And, a guest writer in The FT says lets markets drive U.S. energy policy. Quote of the Day: “I think it sends a strong signal to any country that does not use price-based emissions mechanisms that it may be…

JLN Environmental/Energy: IMF director Lagarde sounds warning on climate change action; Surging shale output shakes up US gas; Water Shortage Seen Worsening on Climate Change in Potsdam Study Environmental/Energy,Newsletter

Change is coming for climate change and energy reform catalyst Eileen Claussen, a founder 15 years ago of the Pew Center on Global Change and president of its updated version, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions or C2ES. Ms. Claussen, once with the Clinton Administration, is semi-retiring to teach and consult. Her board member, Theodore Roosevelt IV, toasts her and the group’s ability to bring business and environmental groups to the same table. Read more in our Leads section.

JLN Environmental/Energy: Analysis: Foes of Obama climate policy prepare battle over cost of carbon; European Wind Market to Shrink for 2 Years, Make Says; Citigroup and GE Finance Pattern Energy Texas Wind Farm Environmental/Energy,Newsletter

In this edition, political coverage in a Reuters piece on the economic and climate tie-in. Bloomberg, meanwhile, has: Coal Foe Named to FERC Is Latest Obama Pick Drawing Ire. In the carbon space, Allianz Mulls Carbon Credit Expansion After Indonesia Investment.