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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…

Stock Returns and Politics = Not Normal; VIX The Tail Wagging The Dog?; Euro Pressured as Volatility Rises Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Stock Returns, Like Politics, Are Not Normal; There are two primary reasons for the protracted decline in both implied and realized volatility. Dean Curnutt – Bloomberg Perhaps no consensus opinion has proven more incorrect than the notion that a Donald Trump presidency would lead to more market volatility. So range-bound has been the S&P 500 Index in 2017 that fully 60 percent of the days have produced a daily upside or downside return of less than 0.25 percentage point. /bloom.bg/2wqU4c9 ****SD: From WSJ – Investors Grapple With Signs of Unrest and from NY Times – The Stock Market…

CBOE to launch bitcoin future contracts; LedgerX Will Transform Cryptocurrencies; Traders are betting big on a stock market shock Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight July 2017 Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC ****SD: In case you missed the OCC’s release yesterday about July cleared volume, you can find that here. ++++++ The Concept of Basis – Gregg Doud Education.MarketsWiki.com “The beauty of this industry is, I don’t care how much artificial intelligence or how many algorithms you use, you’re still going to have to have somebody that understands where stuff is supplied, where it comes from and where it goes and the trade flows associated with it.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, Gregg Doud,…

Hedge Funds Facing U.S. Criminal Probe Over Bond Valuations; Deutsche Börse expands its offer for start-ups; The Volcker Rule: How Trump’s New Regulator May Unleash Big Banks John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Options Industry Conference Update: Congress Continues To Push For Avoiding Unintended Consequences in Tax and Dodd-Frank reforms By Jim Kharouf and Jeff Bergstrom, JLN The 35th Annual Options Industry Conference kicked off on Wednesday with a major focus on Washington, especially on a host of new proposals on tax and Dodd-Frank reforms. The conference, hosted by Intercontinental Exchange’s NYSE in Scottsdale, Arizona, led with an interview with Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY 23rd District) who outlined initiatives to address tax reform in 2017. Reed told OCC’s Executive Chairman and CEO Craig Donohue that the tax reform may have enough…

HKEX and LME Announce New LME Chief Executive and Leadership Structure; Deutsche Bank Is First Bank Busted for Breaking Volcker Rule; Deutsche Boerse Boss Admits Mistakes in Failed LSE Deal John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian David Setters is turning 60 this weekend and of course some friends are gathering to celebrate this happy occasion. What they are also doing is giving gifts of donations to support MND research, the disease that is afflicting David. Would you help David celebrate birthday with a gift to the MND Association? David and his friends have raised £47,725.50 to date through various activities and fundraisers. How about we help David get that amount to £60K? Congratulations to Matt Chamberlain on being named CEO of the London Metal Exchange. I can…

UK must wake up to risks of LSE/Deutsche Börse exchange deal; Drop the Volcker rule and keep what works; America’s Biggest Creditors Dump Treasuries in Warning to Trump John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Maker or Taker? By John J. Lothian “Maker – Taker” is a market model that rewards market participants for offering liquidity – “making” – and penalizes them for “taking” market liquidity. Many makers are also takers. It is the way of the markets, and the way of the world. Are you a maker, or a taker? It is a good question to ask. While we all do both, it is our outlook that defines whether we are makers or takers. For example, are you a market participant who just goes home at the end of the day, or…

Foreign exchange trading; “Same as it ever was”. A market ripe for disruption Blog,Commentary,Financials

Ray McKenzie

When I first began trading FX in the age when dinosaurs roamed the earth, spot was traded through brokers and once in a while on the Reuters dealing system or via Telex. And of course direct over the phone. It took much prodding, begging and pleading to convince the brokers and the banks to allow Morgan Stanley (where I traded) to be allowed to use the broker market. Our argument was that we really were a customer and not a competitor because we were hedging client flow that the banks wouldn’t see anyway. To some extent that was true, but…

John Lothian Newsletter: BATS Faces Record SEC Fine Over Direct Edge’s Actions; ICAP Combines EBS and BrokerTec Businesses; Madoff Inner Circle Faces Final Reckoning as Prison Looms John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Clear Skies Ahead: Terry Duffy of CME Group Says Clearing Is Industry Driver JohnLothianNews.com With the bulk of US financial reforms now in place, financial markets appear to be pulling out of their doldrums. Terry Duffy, executive chairman and president of CME Group, spoke with Jim Kharouf, editor-in-chief of John Lothian News, about his outlook for the exchange and the strong prospects for growth in the futures markets. “The industry is really exciting right now,” Duffy said. “We’ve been going through some difficult years like all financial markets have. Now we’re getting some clarity around the rules especially…