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CFTC Leaves Shaping Position Limits Rule to Trump Administration; US plan to curb commodity speculators in doubt; Rapid rise of the ETFs sparks growing pains John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Challenging the Status Quo: Cinnober Aims To Break Into The Back Office Clearing Space By Jim Kharouf – JLN There was a time when many thought there wasn’t really much of a market for full clearinghouse solutions with real time clearing and risk management. But in 2007 and 2008, Cinnober successfully pushed into the space and carved out a nice niche for itself, especially as the global financial crisis illustrated the intense need for such solutions. Now, the company is pushing into the established space of back office clearing for clearing member banks and brokers. That space is…

John Lothian Newsletter: Investors skirt new shorting curbs to bet on EU woes; Regulators to fortify bank capital after Libor, fines and fraud; Barclays case shocks the energy market John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

Investors, told to stop speculating on EU government bond defaults, promptly begin the search for a different investment vehicle that will allow them to continue trading the same outcome. Bank regulators are increasing capital requirements after ongoing fraud and poor decision making shows no signs of subsiding. Barclays sets aside more money to pay fines for allegedly having “done an Enron” to the US power market. Take a look at First Read and the Exchanges section for a rundown of October exchange volume numbers; the first wave of reports suggests a continuation of the familiar pattern of, “Overall pretty lousy;…

The Crows of Gasoline Commentary

Jon Matte

Imagine a beautiful, autumn scene:  still, early-morning air with a sharp, crisp edge; a thin mist dancing lazily around the tops of the green-golden trees; a river winding silently along through a brown grass meadow and out of sight. Then… a gunshot rings out!  A thousand crows take to the air, wheeling and squawking, circling the air in a communal state of alarm, crying and calling to each other to be wary and careful. For a while.  After a suitable amount of time has passed, the noise diminishes, ceases, and finally the birds return to their perch.  The danger has…