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SEC approves vast surveillance system for stock market; Debate intensifies over ETFs’ impact on markets; Energy Traders Said to Be Probed in U.K. Over Spark Spoofing John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Cathy Lyall, Minnamurra Consulting – 30 Years of Change MarketsWikiEducation.com Cathy Lyall’s first day in the markets was 1987’s Black Monday. She had planned on going into foreign affairs but snagged a job as a futures broker the Thursday before the crash from her boyfriend, a cash bond broker. She also signed her first mortgage in London the Friday before Lehman Brothers collapsed. Life events when synced with world events yield perspective. In the period between her first day on the job and her first mortgage, Lyall, currently director of Minnamurra Consulting, noticed a shift in the industry’s…

John Lothian Newsletter: Hedge Funds Faced Choppy Waters in 2015, but Chiefs Cashed In; The Recession’s Economic Trauma Has Left Enduring Scars; Wall Street layoffs surged by 275% in April John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Make A Plan: How OCC Is Forging Change In The Options Industry JohnLothianNews.com Craig Donohue joined OCC in 2014 to help address some major issues for the clearing house and to position the organization for the new derivatives clearing landscape. He sat down with John Lothian News to discuss the current state of the options industry, regulation and where the organization is heading next. One of Donohue’s first issues to address was the OCC’s capital plan to raise the organization’s shareholder equity to $247 million, from $25 million. That plan, which strengthens OCC’s capital base as one of…

John Lothian Newsletter: Bond Market Yet to Crack How to Electronically Trade Big Orders; Tom Hayes says senior UBS staff were ‘aware’ of Libor rigging; Bitcoin Rules Completed by New York Regulator John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read SunGard Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering Sungard SunGard announced today that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered, the price range and the stock exchange listing for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. jlne.ws/1KGkVhl ***** If you believe Sungard has a monopoly, or is part of a duopoly, then here is your chance to own them. ++++ Report: Women produce about a third of US news…

JLN Options: The 2013 Fear Gauge Looks Very Different From the 2007 Version Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories The 2013 Fear Gauge Looks Very Different From the 2007 VersionKaitlyn Kiernan, The Wall Street JournalStocks may be returning to record levels, with the S&P 500 crossing above its 2007 closing high, but the VIX is signaling that they are doing so in a much different environment.http://jlne.ws/Xmq4XO The Options Industry Council Announces Average Daily Options Volume in March Declined 9 PercentPress ReleaseThe Options Industry Council (OIC) announced today that average daily options volume came in at 15,578,265 contracts, 8.91 percent down from the 17,102,093 contracts level of last March. Year-to-date average daily trading volume is down 3.2 percent…

Sanjeev Joshipura of the Commodity Markets Council on Dodd-Frank in 2013 Interview,Regulation,Video

Sanjeev Joshipura

Sanjeev Joshipura, president of Commodity Markets Council, talks about how Dodd-Frank rules will impact his membership base. Joshipura talks with JLN editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf about the future of the controversial position limit rule, which was vacated by a US District Court on September 28, 2012. A new position limit rule is expected from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which will include a cost-benefit analysis. CMC is also focused on the CFTC’s reauthorization this year and the continuation of EMIR regulations. Joshipura also talks about US and EU regulatory harmonization and the challenges facing that goal.