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Exposing a $200B Russian Money-Laundering Scandal; JPX to start merger talks with TOCOM John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The mother of all of ALTSO’s Rocktoberfest events is the Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest in New York. Now in its 15th year, the New York event is at the Hard Rock Cafe off Times Square and brings together more than 40 corporate sponsors and 2,000 industry pros. Great cause, great people, great time. What’s not to like?~SD On Thursday, November 1, 2018, Chicago-Kent College of Law hosts the “10th Annual Conference on Futures and Derivatives.” This is a full day program covering important topics for compliance officers, in house counsel, regulators, accountants and attorneys…

Trump’s Defense of Putin Too Much for Some Republicans; U.K.’s May in Brexit Turmoil John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The word of the day in the United States is: Treason.~JJL On Saturday, WGN Television held a Trading Tech 300 session with Demetrius Ivory teaching the weather merit badge to a group of Boy Scouts and one girl STEM Scout. At the class we learned what a CME is in the world of weather. A CME, or coronal mass ejection, is a significant release of plasma and magnetic field from the solar corona. They often follow solar flares and are normally present during a solar prominence eruption. ~JJL Later this week Advantage Futures…

Nasdaq Launches Treasury Futures Product; Cboe Europe, TP ICAP to open EU bases John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read NFX Basis Point Value Contracts; One quarter hubris, three quarters details John Lothian – JLN The hubris is mine, not Nasdaq’s. Over 20 years ago I came up with the idea for an innovative new futures contract that would improve hedging and engage speculators in new ways in fixed income trading. The idea was basis point value futures. Today, Nasdaq announced just that: a new U.S. Treasury futures product that builds on their cash Treasury market and allows customers to use “the dollar value of one basis point” to more accurately hedge a portfolio of cash Treasurys. The…

A new generation of anti-Americans; SEC judges appointment violated Constitution John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff We have produced a promotional video for the Crypto Evolved event in New York on Wednesday at the New York Athletic Club. Trading Technologies’ Mike Unetich visited our offices to give the conference a plug. Please take a look and visit www.crypto-evolved.com for more details.~JJL FIA Operations Americas Division members are invited to enjoy food, drinks and an exciting game of baseball at the 18th Annual Summer Outing in Chicago. Join the Operations Americas Division for the Sox v. Yankees on 8/8. Get the details and register~JJL FIA Announces Fourth Annual Innovators Pavilion…

U.S. considering ‘material changes’ to ‘Volcker Rule’; Stock Bulls in Trump Country; Replacing Libor is harder in practice John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read The Man Who Molded Chicago’s Merc; Leo Melamed, chairman emeritus of CME Group, helped make his company the world’s largest manager of financial exchanges. Now he’s focusing on the development of Asian markets Jacob Bunge – WSJ In 1939, Leo Melamed learned about the power of financial markets in a bakery in Vilnius, Lithuania. He was 7 years old, trying to use Polish money to buy a loaf of bread. Though Lithuania’s government had deemed the two countries’ currencies equal in value, the baker informed Mr. Melamed that he’d need two Polish zlotys for a loaf that cost…

Sailing the Chaos of a Trump Rally; Why A Trump Presidency is Fed Positive; Stock market struggles to extend last week’s postelection rally Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight A Basel netting issue: Pushing for less burdensome capital requirements in the options market Spencer Doar – JLN The unintended consequences of financial regulation have been seeping into the markets since the first rule was made in the wake of the financial crisis. One prime example is the leverage ratio, which determines the required capital of general clearing members. The actual calculation of the capital requirement within the Basel III leverage ratio framework is a particular sticking point for the OCC. Right now, the Current Exposure Method (CEM) is used in the calculation, whereas the OCC and…

Hedges Hold as Global Markets Need Six Hours to Process Panic; Financial Models Go Haywire as ‘Tail-Risk Trump’ Lives Up to His Name; Wall Street rallies in volatile post-U.S. election trading Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight What Just Happened? By Jim Kharouf, JLN It was after midnight and the realization that Donald Trump is going to be president of the United States stunned, saddened and angered me. This is what our great country has descended to – a nation of angry white people who voted more than the brown and black people. It’s quite simple really – more people loved Trump’s hate and BS than believed Hillary Clinton’s boring establishment BS. And so, here we are, on the precipice of all that is right with democracy and wrong with America. We’ll rationalize it…

Uneasy Calm Grips Markets Suddenly Silent Before U.S. Vote; Option Writing Mutual Funds Gain Fans in Volatile Times; Rates Are Poised to Rise But the VIX of Treasurys is Super Low – What Gives? Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Stepping Forward in London By John J. Lothian Well, it is about time. I will be delivering my first presentation as part of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity in London on Monday. Due to a scheduling conflict, Jock Percy of Perseus had to withdraw from the event on October 31. Stuff happens and you roll with it. So it will be my turn to step up and be a presenter. The question in my mind is whether I can keep my presentation in the 12 to 14 minute segments we allow the speakers. I am going to…