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John Lothian Newsletter: Madrid bourse overhauls trading system; CFTC: NYSE’s US Futures Market Should Improve Surveillance; LCH Raises Margin Cost for Trading Some Spanish, French Debt John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

BME in Spain gets its exchange systems ready for high-frequency traders. The CFTC reviews NYSE rule enforcement practices, and says that they should watch the doors and windows more carefully. LCH.Clearnet boosts the margin levels for some Spanish and French bonds. In the top box, Jim Kharouf has a JLN Metals Five Minutes interview with gold analyst Gargi Shah; CME Group reports earnings; and Philip McBride Johnson suggests that politicians aren’t all that concerned with the difference between doing something sensible versus simply doing something.

Philip McBride Johnson to leave Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, stay active in derivatives community Blog

The following update was provided to JLN by Philip McBride Johnson: At the end of 2010, Philip McBride Johnson, a regular columnist for FOW since 1998 and leading U.S. attorney in the field of derivatives law, will depart Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom but intends to remain active within the policy making circles of the derivatives community.  His nearly 50-year career has produced numerous landmarks and earned him a place in both Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and the Futures Industry Hall of Fame.  His path is marked with many “firsts,” such as the world’s first centralized stock options…