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Cohn leaving White House; Dash Financial Technologies buyout; Crypto a commodity – judge John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bitcoin and Blockchain: A WILD Opportunity Sarah Rudolph – JLN Bitcoin is not at the dizzying high it was back in December, but interest in cryptocurrencies and blockchain is still strong. The world of crypto and distributed ledger technology keeps expanding, with CME and Cboe now trading bitcoin futures, companies getting into initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency meetups forming, and the list of cryptocurrencies getting longer every week. Women In Listed Derivatives (WILD) and Morgan Lewis jointly hosted a panel on the future of blockchain and cryptocurrencies Tuesday evening to a packed house. The main takeaway on cryptocurrency from…

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…

UBS, BNP, RBS Get Subpoenas in U.S. Treasuries Probe; Brussels set for power grab on London’s euro-clearing market; Tradeweb Launches All-to-All Corporate Bond Trading John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read You Look Mahvelous Dahling: “Mad Men” Ready to Walk the Exchange Red Carpet with Nasdaq Spencer Doar – JLN Fintech and regtech are firmly entrenched in the financial industry’s lexicon — if a new exchange has its way, “adtech” will be the next addition. The New York Interactive Advertising Exchange (NYIAX) plans to offer a guaranteed contract for digital advertising space on Nasdaq’s latest blockchain-enabled technology platform in Q4. “The advertising world is … becoming more sophisticated with how it buys and sells inventory and there are a lot of challenges around trust and transparency — knowing the…

NYSE, Former IEX Foe, Plans a Copycat Speed Bump of Its Own; MarketAxess breaks annual trading volume record; BlackRock jilts State Street, moves $1 trillion in custody assets to JPMorgan John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read NYSE Outlines 2017 Equity Market Strategy: Intercontinental Exchange NYSE Group, part of Intercontinental Exchange, today detailed its equity markets strategy, which aims to deliver greater choice for corporate and ETF issuers and to investors by offering four unique exchange venues, including an exchange designed exclusively for small and mid-cap companies. /goo.gl/vBsDdR **** Some nice chess moves and some rebranding emphasizes the “American” aspect of NYSE’s markets. ++++ Veronica Augustsson nominated as CEO of the Year within Employer Branding Cinnober For her efforts to increase awareness of Cinnober as an employer, as well as for her commitment to various…

Has the blockchain hype finally peaked?; Launch of Consortium and Proof of Concept Testing for Capital Market Infrastructure Utilizing Blockchain Technology; RBS Falls on BOE Stress Test Failure, Plan to Shrink Further John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Blockchain That Makes Sense: How Post-Trade Digital Ledger Technology Will Make Banks And Brokers Happy Jim Kharouf – JLN When you talk about the potential for digital ledger technology, words like revolutionary and transformative are often mentioned. Ray Kahn and Thorsten Peisl are not in the disruptor camp. Yet both left solid jobs in the financial markets and launched blockchain start-ups aimed at bringing new efficiencies to the marketplace. Their message about blockchain was clear at the World Federation of Exchanges annual meeting in Cartagena, Colombia this month. Yes, blockchain is coming. No, it’s not going to turn…

John Lothian Newsletter: Six Exchanges Collectively Fine Merrill Lynch; CBOE, Bats Deal Creates New Exchange Behemoth; Hedge Funds Take Another Punch to Gut John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Kristin Boggiano, Guggenheim Partners – It’s a Jungle Out There MarketsWikiEducation.com “You’re going to reinvent yourself your whole career. It’s not just a one-step thing. You may start off in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and become a regulatory lawyer years later.” When Kristin Boggiano was finishing college, she admittedly had no clue what she wanted to do. So when she got an opportunity to spend three weeks in the jungles of Ecuador working with indigenous tribes, she jumped at the chance. When she returned, she still had no conclusions, except that she really enjoyed indoor plumbing, air conditioning and…

JLN Options: ISE Cancels Jumbo S&P 500 Options Debut on Liquidity Concern Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories ISE Cancels Jumbo S&P 500 Options Debut on Liquidity Concern Nikolaj Gammeltoft, BloombergBusinessweekInternational Securities Exchange, the second-biggest U.S. options market, withdrew plans to trade larger-size options on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) amid concerns the contracts may threaten market liquidity.http://jlne.ws/14aVjnJ Court Won’t Block Vote on NYSE and ICE DealPeg Brickley, Dow Jones Newswires (via Fox News)A Delaware corporate-law judge on Friday refused to block the merger of NYSE Euronext (NYX) and Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE), dumping a challenge by shareholders who argued the deal was flawed.http://jlne.ws/14aZ1xT The Most Valuable Formula Ever CreatedAlex Planes, The Motley FoolOn…

JLN Options: Dividend Trades Cease at Three Options Exchanges Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Dividend Trades Cease at Three Options ExchangesPeter Chapman, Traders MagazineThe controversial practice of dividend-capture options trading has ground to a halt at three of the four floor-based exchanges that have offered it. According to data published by the International Securities Exchange, dividend trade volume disappeared at NYSE Arca, NYSE Amex and Chicago Board Options Exchange in November.http://jlne.ws/12nLker**A victory for Gary Katz and the ISE — SR Hedge Funds Think the Fed Will Smother Market VolatilityBrendan Conway, Barron’sHedge funds are perfectly willing to take the other side of your bet on market volatility. In fact, Societe Generale’s strategists are…

John Lothian Newsletter: Reform looms anew for money market funds; NYSE Amex Options to Eliminate Position Limits for Options on SPY; Japan takes its first steps John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

The day after the SEC declared it would abandon its effort to reform money market funds, other regulators in and out of the US say they will step up and consider new requirements.  NYSE Amex Options exchange announces that they’ve received SEC approval to eliminate position limits on SPY options.  With the TSE-OSE merger good to go, Japan moves toward having more weight to compete globally; the Financial Times takes a look at the progress and challenges.