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London loses oil futures listings as Mifid bites; Wall Street Is Claiming Tax-Cut Bounty; South Korea plans to ban cryptocurrency trading John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read A Grateful Scouter with a Big Silvery Beaver-Like Smile By John Lothian I was informed late last night that I am to be recognized for my contributions to Scouting with a Silver Beaver Award on behalf of Pathway to Adventure Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Beaver Award recognizes “registered Scouters of exceptional character who have provided distinguished service within a council.” I am honored to be recognized for my work on behalf of the Scouts, but this award is as much about you, the readers of this newsletter, and my creative and persistent use…

Europe begins countdown to Mifid II; How high-frequency trading hit a speed bump John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By John J. Lothian Welcome to 2018! Today we begin work on invoicing readers of this newsletter and their firms for the 2018 subscriptions. If you would like to receive a firm or individual invoice, please contact me directly at johnlothian@johnlothian.com Thank you to all of our loyal subscribers who have helped support this newsletter, now in its 18th year. You have allowed us to grow our offerings to continue to help you, the industry and beyond understand our markets. At John Lothian News we believe in market-based solutions for the problems facing the world….

Chinese Investor Buys Stake in Delaware Blockchain Exchange; Hong Kong and China regulators sign MOU on futures markets; John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff OCC’s David Prosperi likes to quote his former boss, Ronald Reagan, on Twitter with quotes from the Reagan Foundation Twitter account. Today’s quote is a good one: “The bedrock of our strength is America’s moral and spiritual character. Peace with freedom is the highest aspiration of the American people. We negotiate for peace. We sacrifice for it. We will never surrender for it.” -Ronald Reagan @ronaldreagan40~JJL Trillium has a 2017 trade surveillance enforcement recap out – it can be found in our lead section. This year’s 15 spoofing or layering enforcement actions are…

Who Regulates Bitcoin Trading?; China’s Oil Pricing Bid Will Fail; Senate Confirms Jackson, Peirce to SEC John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The JLN Staff is working from home this week, with the exception being Wednesday, when we will convene in our CBOT Building offices to map out our January schedule.~JJL Jim Kharouf has officially stepped down as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.~JJL Want some fun map facts? The cartographic debate over the distortion of Africa came up again this week – The Economist has the details. Let’s just say when it comes to map making, there are a number of ways to skin a cat.~SD The A Wealth of Common Sense…

Blockchain to massively change commodities; Cboe’s Tilly predicts more consolidation; Chinese oil futures? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff We are rolling out the first of the videos from the MarketsWiki Education recruiting event held the Monday of EXPO week in Chicago. The first video features Cboe’s Ed Tilly.~JJL Recall the “broker fee wars” earlier in the year? Fidelity, TD, Schwab and a whole bunch of others started slashing commissions and fees, bringing much of the $7 per equity trade shops down to $5 a trade and some of the discount brokers even lower. Then there’s tastyworks’ $1 to open/free to close options trading setup. Well, unicorn-valued trading app Robinhood just…

Regulator Wants Financial Industry to Self-Report Wrongdoing John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Do you know of a college student looking for an internship? Have them submit their resume to our MarketsWikiEducation.com site for our October 16 event. They don’t have to attend, but there are added bonuses for being there. Besides our lineup of industry leaders speaking, we will even shoot a photo studio quality picture for the students to use. ~JJL Help us spread the word for our October 16 MarketsWiki Education recruiting event. We have a great list of sponsors for the event, including CBOE, Nasdaq, OCC, NFA, Geneva Trading, HC Technologies, ED&F Man Capital…

Global debt understated by $13 trillion – BIS; Exchanges concerned about CAT hacking risk John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Leslie Rosenthal, former CBOT Chairman and co-founder of RCG, has passed away. Details are below. Our condolences to the family, friends and associates of this great man on his passing. ~JJL If you would care to share a reflection on Les Rosenthal’s life and contributions to the futures industry, please email me at mailto:johnlothian@johnlothian.com.~JJL Reflections on the life of Robert Wilmouth can be found HERE. We still welcome contributions of reflections for Mr. Wilmouth as well.~JJL Over the last three weeks, the September-December E-mini Russell 2000 calendar spread traded 1 million times. Current open interest…

Harvey throws a wrench into U.S. energy engine; NYSE owner lines up sale of energy trader; Chicago Exchange Sale Looks Shaky as China Tensions Rise John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The CME has published a video “Spread trading with E-mini Russell 2000 futures.”~JJL Leslie Sutphen is the speaker featured today in JLN from the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in Chicago from July.~JJL Bloomberg has a story “Odds of U.S. Technical Default About 15%, T-Bills Curve Shows.” This is something to keep your eye on.~JJL In more “millennials are wrecking things” news, J.D. Power reports “48% of millennials with $100,000 in investable assets … say they ‘probably will’ or ‘definitely will’ leave their current firm and advisor, compared with just 8%…

Traders test OPEC ‘whatever it takes’ resolve to defend oil price; The VIX is not a Fortune-Teller; ‘Vol’-Apalooza: A Handy Reference Guide To Low Volatility Regimes Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Are You Registered? If you haven’t registered for our Trading Chicago event, a joint effort between John Lothian News and FOW, now is the time. The one-day event is set for June 28th at the Swissotel in Chicago. You can register HERE and see the agenda for the conference. The program is packed with great topics and speakers. We’ll be leading off with a keynote from Craig Pirrong from the University of Houston and a debate over Dodd-Frank between Leslie Sutphen and Gary DeWaal. Other panels cover trading derivatives in the age of populism, trading fixed income,…