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Wall Street banks push back on launch of bitcoin futures; Traders Want to Know What Exchanges Earn From Market Data; Blockchain Scores Major Win as Aussie Exchange Plans Shift John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Wedbush’s margin policy for bitcoin trading found its way to my inbox. In order to trade the Cboe bitcoin futures, a trader must have a minimum equity of $10K in their account. For accounts under $1 million in total equity, the margins are two times the exchange minimums. For the CME’s bitcoin futures, the account size is $50K minimum and if less than $5 million, you get double exchange margins. ~JJL STA Chicago’s marketing material for the 92nd Annual Mid-Winter Meeting – held Jan 10 through 12 – is Game of Thrones themed. *tips cap*…

Spot Trading cuts headcount; Wall Street Fines Fall in Trump’s First Year; J.P. Morgan’s Mobile Payments Struggle John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Exchange Analytics has released a new Market Conduct Training Course.~JJL The World Gold Council reports that gold-backed ETF holdings increased by 3.3 in October to 2,347.6 tonnes. Europe led inflows, as investors added 11.2t of gold through funds; North America had outflows of 8t, reversing some September gains; funds in Asia gained 0.8t, but ETFs in other regions lost -0.7t in October. This is amid a year-on-year 9% drop in general demand for gold to 915 tonnes.~SR The CME’s Blu Putnam and Erik Norland have another piece out comparing the characteristics of…

SEC’s Edgar System Hacked; Neuberger Berman acquires Breton Hill; S&P Cuts China’s Credit Rating John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The LME Metals Seminar is fast approaching, and it’s set to be one of the best yet. What’s in store for the flagship event of LME Week? You can see the full agenda HERE. Or you can register, HERE.~JJL Exchange Analytics is offering a new Anti-Money Laundering training course. You can see a preview video HERE.~JJL A Leg To Stand On is extending its buy three get one free deal for its Chicago Rocktoberfest event on October 5 at City Winery. Just enter the name Lothian in the promo code for your…

Trillions in Stock and Derivative Trades at Risk Over New EU Rules; LME chief plots evolution not revolution at metal exchange; Regulators’ Penalties Against Wall Street Are Down Sharply in 2017 John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By John J. Lothian Gary Flagler has a new job. He is now Head of International Business Development, Derivatives consulting for Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV), also known as Grupo BMV, a 122-year-old company and one of Mexico’s premier financial institutions, headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico. He will be working with Mexder and Asigna, Compensación y Liquidación F/30430 Fiso Bancomer SA, MexDer‘s local scale rating AAA–rated clearinghouse. Gary will give them the presence in the U.S. they greatly needed. ~JJL The latest Financial Data for FCMs from the CFTC is available. ~JJL…

Are we seeing the end of Wall Street and the beginning of a new one? Blog,Feature,Mwiki

Silicon Valley icon, investor and entrepreneur Vinod Khosla told an audience last week at the Commonwealth Club of California that technological disruption is coming to most of the top industries in the United States. And while he didn’t mention Wall Street, he could have. “Citibank won’t solve financial inclusion, Square will if anybody does it,” he said. “Volkswagen and GM won’t solve transportation. Whether it’s Waymo or somebody else who does it, it will be a technology driven, non-institutional, ‘let’s break the rules,’ radical kind of approach. This non-institutional way of doing things, though less predictable, is much more fun…

The Financial Industry Needs to Start Planning for the Next 50 Years, Not the Next Five; Wall Street Efforts to Improve Its Image Fail to Sway Americans; US tech sector surges past its dotcom era peak John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity series had another successful run yesterday over the course of two sessions at IIT’s Stuart School of Business. Here are a few Did You Know’s from the first session. Bryan Durkin, president of CME Group, asked the audience if they’d seen the movie “Trading Places.” A surprisingly small percentage of the audience raised their hands. Clearly, the industry needs to do more to promote that movie for the next generation. He also relayed a story about his first day as a “black jacket” at the CBOT. He cried…

Barclays, Ex-CEO Charged Over Qatar Rescue Amid 2008 Crisis; Wall Street Now Fears the Lawyer Who Used to Defend It; Squeezed at home, Japan’s Nomura seeks to push into Wall Street’s home turf John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hitting the Pinnacle By JLN Staff Last night, the CME Group and BarclayHedge hosted the sixth annual Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacle Achievement Award went to Toby Crabel, chairman and chief investment officer of Crabel Capital Management. Among the several people he thanked for helping him were Jack Sandner, Ray Cahnman and Victor Niederhoffer. The managed futures industry continues to grow, despite the bull market in stocks, which often run counter to non-correlated strategies. Assets under management are at an all-time high of $348 billion, up $8 billion so far this year, according to BarclayHedge. Winners last…

The Quants Run Wall Street Now; Deutsche Boerse CEO seeks end to insider trading probe; Toyota, Merck Join Ethereum Group to Build Blockchain Network John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read It’s all in the follow through Jim Kharouf, JLN This week, we are continuing our rollout of video interviews from the Options Industry Conference. Today we feature Gina McFadden, the first woman to receive the esteemed Joseph W. Sullivan Options Industry Achievement Award for her decades of education work at the Options Industry Council. We’ve also posted engaging interviews with industry leaders, Steve Crutchfield, head of market structure with CTC in Liquidity Providers Unduly Penalized By Capital Rules: CTC’s Crutchfield and got a state of the options industry review from Henry Schwartz, president of Trade Alert, The Yin…

Trump Says He’s Considering Moves to Break Up Wall Street Banks; Most VIX Analysis Is Outright Nonsense; Andrew Thrasher Asks Whether Volatility Can Be Predicted Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Trump Says He’s Considering Moves to Break Up Wall Street Banks Jennifer Jacobs and Margaret Talev – Bloomberg President Donald Trump said he is actively considering breaking up giant Wall Street banks, giving a push to efforts to revive a Depression-era law separating consumer lending and investment banking. “I’m looking at that right now,” Trump said Monday in an interview with Bloomberg News in the Oval Office. “There’s some people that want to go back to the old system, right? So we’re going to look at that.” jlne.ws/2po86WZ ***JB: It would not surprise me if he is shorting…