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Opposition mounts as CME looks to slim down its board John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Yesterday’s LaSalle Street Trading Tech Awards program was good fun for a good cause, despite the absence of one John Lothian. (His surgery went well – you can tell because he’s tweeting again.) Over $150k was raised to help Scouts from underserved areas of the city get exposure to finance, witness corporate life and develop leadership skills. How often do you get to see industry leaders in campaign hats?~SD Nodal Exchange and IncubEx launched their first tranche of North American Environmental contracts today. The new contracts, which mark the expansion of Nodal Exchange’s…

Stock Traders Say Brexit Deal ‘Dead in the Water’ as Raab Leaves John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Matthew Kelly of the CME Group is participating in Movember and growing an awesome beard and mustache. You can donate to Matthew’s campaign to support men’s health HERE.~JJL BrokerTec is now available in CME DataMine, offering market data across the range of U.S. Treasury products.~JJL CME Group announced Wednesday that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is the 14th recipient of the CME Group Melamed-Arditti Innovation Award. CME Group presented the award on Nov. 13 at the 11th annual Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Fla.~SR Are you a Prime member? Not that one. Eurex…

Look at issuing digital currency, IMF head tells central banks John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Coinigy Joins with Merkle Data to Provide Enhanced Data Thom Thompson – John Lothian News Coinigy, the Milwaukee-based cryptocurrency trading front-end and data service, announced an agreement Tuesday in which Merkle Data would provide its three cryptocurrency indexes to Coinigy’s customers. Merkle Data provides analytics and risk solutions to crypto institutions in part by analyzing the publicly available data that are a hallmark of the blockchain economy. Coinigy offers its customers a trading interface that is connected to 15 different cryptocurrency platforms. Customers can use the Coinigy interface to access their own accounts at the cryptocurrency platforms, providing…

Kurtosis Monsters; SEC Warns on Leveraged Funds JLN Options Newsletter,Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Coinigy Joins with Merkle Data to Provide Enhanced Data Thom Thompson – John Lothian News Coinigy, the Milwaukee-based cryptocurrency trading front-end and data service, announced an agreement Tuesday in which Merkle Data would provide its three cryptocurrency indexes to Coinigy’s customers. Merkle Data provides analytics and risk solutions to crypto institutions in part by analyzing the publicly available data that are a hallmark of the blockchain economy. Coinigy offers its customers a trading interface that is connected to 15 different cryptocurrency platforms. Customers can use the Coinigy interface to access their own accounts at the cryptocurrency platforms,…

SGX launches new securities settlement and depository system John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Yesterday’s Cult Wines seminar in Chicago brought the business of wine investment to the city. This unregulated $5 billion market offers some interesting alternative investment tidbits, including: the wine index LIV 1000 data shared at the event showed lower volatility than benchmark indexes such as MSCI over the past 3-, 5- and 10-year periods. Burgundy was the fastest growing region from Cult Wines’ investors, accounting for 22 percent of investments.~JK At the Cult Wine seminar in Chicago, a late fact disclosed was a 15 percent upfront management fee for the services of the…

Meet the Robot Who Knows How to Trade Bonds Better Than You Do John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff On Sunday I commemorated the end of World War I and Veterans Day in the US by attending a program at Elmhurst College put on by a local VFW group. The Elmhurst College band played, local Boy Scouts participated in the flag ceremony and veterans spoke of their experience. It was a moving program. I enjoyed the historic music played the most. During the ceremony I reflected on the fact that my grandfather, for whom I am named, celebrated his 18th birthday in a trench in France. And last week, my wife’s stepfather,…

SEC, EtherDelta founder settle charges over unregistered exchange; Wall Street says Fed is in denial John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Thank you to the reader who reached out to Jim Oliff with his story of being a cancer survivor for six years with the same type of cancer. The readers of this newsletter never cease to amaze me with their kindness, generosity and sharing.~JJL Benchmark Mineral Intelligence forecasts there will be a 399 percent jump in lithium-ion battery production by 2028. Here is an infographic from Visual Capitalist on the explosion of battery “megafactories.” For a more comprehensive look at the lithium ion battery space, see this blog. For some more trading specific…

CME completes £3.9 billion NEX Group acquisition John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff It is a big day for the CME Group. They completed their acquisition of NEX Group, they won the long overdue case brought by Eurex over the CBOT/Eurex US battle, and they announced October 2018 volume was up 38% versus October of 2017. That is what is called a very good day.~JJL Nearly $1MM was raised at the international charity A Leg To Stand On’s Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest in New York and events in Chicago and London. You can also donate to ALTSO by simply taking a picture, any picture, on the Donate…

Nasdaq Futures Exchange confirms CEO departure John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Welcome to Movember. Time to stop shaving in the name of men’s health.~JJL CME Group in October raised more than $37,000 from their employees and broader community for their Fourth Annual Pink for a Purpose campaign. Their donations have raised more than $37,000 to fund the early prevention and detection of breast and ovarian cancer. When you combine that amount with their corporate gift, more than $137,000 will be directed to @bebrightpink and over $15,000 will go to @CR_UK.~JJL The 2019 Options Industry Conference registration is now open! You can network with over…