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Advocating for a stronger U.S. options market; $60m bond trade; BofA to Become MiFID II Venue for Derivatives Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bittrex Inc. takes controlling strategic stake in Seed opening new trading opportunities for Institutional Crypto Trading Seed CX Seed CX Ltd (“Seed”) today announced a strategic investment by Bittrex Inc., a US-based cryptocurrency trading platform. Seed is currently onboarding institutional participants and will launch spot and derivative crypto trading in Q1 2018. Bittrex is one of the largest crypto trading venues in the world, with over $3 billion notional traded on a daily basis and over 2 million customers. Seed operates a swap execution facility, Seed SEF, registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Edward Woodford, CEO…

SEC Approves Chicago Stock Exchange’s ‘Speed Bump’ for Trading; Trading Firms Fear Mutiny on MiFID Passport Data John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN ICE has made the inaugural Fortune Future 50 list, their ranking of companies best positioned for breakout growth.~JJL The FIA Expo panel on the geography of fintech was a draw regarding which city is best – London, Frankfurt/Berlin, Chicago, Boston or New York. But noted places of envy were the fintech sandboxes in Ontario and London.~JK Quote of the day comes from Kyle Zasky, partner at the investment bank SennaHill Partners, who said large banking institutions are at risk of being disrupted by fintech start-ups if they do not embrace and invest in…

Euronext modernises its markets to support growth of european companies; NYSE wins approval for ‘speed bump’ in trading; There’s a Big Technical Reason for Low Volatility in Stocks John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read JLN & FOW Present Trading Chicago John J. Lothian & Co. is partnering with FOW (Global Investor Group) to host our first Trading Chicago event on June 28th at the Swissotel. This one-day event is aimed largely at the end-users of the markets: commodity trading advisors, asset managers, hedge funds and proprietary traders. The conference will cover the issues that impact those firms directly – regulation, technology and market structure, with an underlying thread of trading in an age of uncertainty. All of this will be delivered in a variety of formats, from an Oxford-style debate on the…

Sectors Go Wild: S&P 500 Correlations Crumble; Clearinghouses Park Billions in New Fed Accounts; Yuan Options Most Bearish Since June as Traders See Sharper Drop Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Holiday Publishing Note Due to Thanksgiving, we will not be publishing this newsletter on Thursday or Friday. We will be back on Monday, albeit a few pounds heavier. A quick “Did you know?” about the holiday: Everybody has heard the old refrain that eating turkey makes people tired because of the amino acid tryptophan. However, turkey has pretty much the same amount of tryptophan as other meats and research shows that turkey doesn’t have any significant effect on drowsiness. In fact, simple overeating is the most common cause of post-meal lethargy. Tired or not, enjoy your Thanksgiving,…