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Two Trading Heavyweights Lead CBOE Into the Future of Futures; Wall Street’s New Favorite Way to Swap Secrets Is Against the Rules; Improving your chat; Instant messaging technology got a bad rep during the recent rate fixing scandals John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read I [Blank] Surveys: But You’ll Love This One For the past month, we’ve been pushing, coaxing and cajoling you, our valued readers, to fill out our annual survey. We’re coming to the end of this drive here and would truly appreciate three minutes of your time to give us your feedback on what you like and don’t like, and would like to see from us. It does make a difference. And if you fill it out, you could win an Amazon Echo, which answers just about everything but cannot take our survey. Here’s the link to the survey….

John Lothian Newsletter: SEC May Not Flex Dodd-Frank Muscle on Brokers; Esma narrows focus on high-speed trading; UBS Attempted to Rig Interest Rate, Hong Kong Regulator Finds John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Boca Bits and Pieces By John J. Lothian Thursday was the last day of the program of the Futures Industry Association’s International Conference in Boca Raton, Fla. that did not involve chasing a little white ball around. The conference program has come and gone and proved to be one of the better ones than previous years. We worked on an exchange CEO interview series while we dodged in and out of the program. We came away with all the interviews we wanted except two, Charles Li of the HKEx and Andreas Preuss of Eurex. You can view our…

John Lothian Newsletter: State Street set to begin trading futures for rival institutions; BOE Suspends Staff Member in Forex Probe; GBP75 Trillion Payment Systems Industry To Have New Regulator John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read The Snow Takes Its Toll John and many thousands of others are taking their time on the way to work today, enjoying the delightful new snow and expressing their gratitude at having been chosen to receive another generous helping of the stuff. He’ll return tomorrow for commentary; meanwhile, ***JM will throw in a few today to brighten your day even further. ++++ CME Group’s turn to move into Asian commodities markets Chiara Milioulis – Medill Reports Chicago It’s now the “Merc’s” turn to make a move. CME Group Inc., locked in a race to extend its global footprint…

John Lothian Newsletter: Commodities traders take aim at rule to limit speculation; EU rules to light up derivatives markets set for shaky start; BOE Told About Foreign-Exchange Behavior, Trader Says John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Monster Volumes: Jon Najarian Says Weeklys Are Powering Options Volumes JohnLothianNews.com US options volume reached its second highest level in 2013 but can it continue to grow in 2014? Jon Najarian, co-founder of OptionMONSTER said the key drivers for the options industry are: weekly options, a strong economic recovery and continued demand for more options education. “The two biggest things driving volumes in options, or at least holding them, are weekly options,” said Najarian, who is also a regular contributor on the markets for CNBC. “As we get more weekly options, there is more turnover because of course…