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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…

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…

NYSE in Talks to Buy Chicago Stock Exchange John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff For those of our readers who celebrate Easter, I hope this Easter holiday brings your family health, happiness, and lots of love.~JJL Easter is the only time when you can put all your eggs in one basket and get away with it.~JJL We included a link to a WSJ infographic earlier in the week titled “10 Years After the Crisis.” It contained info regarding what has changed in the time since the financial crisis. Apparently, since it was published, a senior WSJ editor tried to take it offline because it contained facts that…

What’s the Biggest Trade on the New York Stock Exchange? The Last One John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff CFTC Chairman Chris Giancarlo opened his speech to the FIA International Conference in Boca Raton by honoring Leo Melamed and his contributions to the industry upon which all market participants benefit. Leo is the giant “upon whose shoulders we all stand,” Giancarlo said, noting Leo had announced his retirement from the CME Group’s board. It was a classy display from the popular CFTC Chairman. Kudos Mr. Chairman!~JJL During the lunch at the FIA Conference, before the presentation by the journalist and author Walter Isaacson, a tribute video was shown honoring Mike Dawley, who…

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…

Bitcoin and the Value of Financial Freedom; Atlanta’s Intercontinental Exchange seeks to trade bitcoin funds on NYSE John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Women in Listed Derivatives, an organization that promotes career advancement and professional relationship-building among women in the OTC & Listed Derivatives Industry, announced its North American board of directors for 2018. The five open board seats will be filled by: Katie Cleland, Elizabeth Cook, Caroline Gillard, Ellen Greene, and Leslie Sutphen. You can find the announcement HERE.~SR ADMIS is heading to the beach for their annual Introducing Broker conference. This year’s event was held in Clearwater Beach, FL.~JJL CQG hosting a Live Ask Me Anything Event today at 2:30 CT.~JJL Yesterday’s JLN Options…

CME fee rises vex trading industry; Decline of OTC derivatives trading; VIX research Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Cboe chief on Jamie Dimon: He’s welcome to try shorting bitcoin Jeff Cox – CNBC If JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon wants to bet against bitcoin, the head of Cboe Global Markets is only too happy to give him the venue to place his wager. jlne.ws/2BLJ3l7 ****SD: Jamie Dimon probably regrets expressing an opinion on BTC. He thought he’d throw a punch, not realizing he’d become the bag. +++++ Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Spencer Doar – JLN Aren’t people supposed be getting into holiday mode? Isn’t December supposed to be slow, with…

‘We may be stupid’ for waiting on bitcoin futures, NYSE owner says; New York Stock Exchange owner ICE holds back on crypto-futures; CME fee rises vex struggling high-speed trading industry John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Tom Farley is just having too much fun as CEO of NYSE. He is making the most of the NYSE media platform. Yesterday he was hanging out with George Springer of the Houston Astros, the World Series MVP, on the floor of the NYSE with the World Series trophy.~JJL Net Neutrality Update: This all happened around Thanksgiving, but it is worth sharing that Comcast, which had promised not to block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content, deleted that pledge the same day the FCC announced it would repeal net neutrality. A tweet @loresjoberg posted regarding…