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Not the Ronin Death Watch

Not the Ronin Death Watch

The CME announced on March 20 that it had auctioned the portfolios of Ronin Capital, a direct clearing member, because its capital was insufficient “going forward.”  Friday’s Issues and Stops report from the CME, whose Chicago Board of Trade division lists Treasury...

Trouble at Ronin?

Trouble at Ronin?

With everyone looking for the first big financial collapse of the coronavirus market meltdown, all eyes turned to Ronin, a Chicago-based proprietary trading firm, last Friday.

Ceres Hit Hard By Restaurant Ban

Ceres Hit Hard By Restaurant Ban

The popular restaurant in the Chicago Board of Trade’s Jackson Street Lobby closed Monday afternoon in response to the Illinois governor’s restrictions on restaurants and bars serving the public.

Options thrive as markets nosedive

Options thrive as markets nosedive

February is known as the month of love – the month in which Valentine’s Day takes place. Options traders certainly got a lot of love last week, when the stock market saw its biggest crash since 2008.

SEC Commissioner Sparks ICO Safe Harbor

SEC Commissioner Sparks ICO Safe Harbor

A Bruce Springsteen-quoting SEC Commissioner told a Chicago blockchain audience that she wants her agency to provide a grace period for digital asset projects to develop free of worry about securities regulation interfering with their token issuances.

A Cyber Security Update by vSEC, LLC

A Cyber Security Update by vSEC, LLC

The CFTC asked all futures markets participants to report by January 20th if they had (or had not) been impacted by the Cloud Hopper security breaches described by the Wall Street Journal on December 30, 2019.

Life and Times of Navinder Sarao

Life and Times of Navinder Sarao

Navinder Sarao pleaded guilty to roughly $13 million worth of spoofing on his first visit to the United States in November 2016. Wearing leg irons and an orange prison jumpsuit in a Chicago federal court, Sarao was freed on bail pending final sentencing, which occurs today, January 28, 2020. 

The Spread: It Takes Two to Contango

The Spread: It Takes Two to Contango

This week on The Spread – low natural gas prices lead to an increase in swaptions trading, the CME has another successful launch, and a Binance-backed exchange boasts a ton of trading volume.

Nothing Learned from the CFTC Bullying a Win in the Thakkar Case

Nothing Learned from the CFTC Bullying a Win in the Thakkar Case

If Jitesh Thakkar loses his case brought by the Enforcement Division of the CFTC, it will not be because the facts in the case are damning against him. It will be because the CFTC has bled Thakkar and his family and friends dry of the financial resources and the will to persevere. It will be because the CFTC’s tactic of drawing out the process and the costs for deposing him, former employees and even customers became too much for Thakkar to endure.

CryptoMarketsWiki Podcast Episode 7: Buy the Dip! Featuring: Thom Thompson, editor at JLN

CryptoMarketsWiki Podcast Episode 7: Buy the Dip! Featuring: Thom Thompson, editor at JLN

JLN Editor Thom Thompson has decades of experience working in the financial markets in both the U.S. and Europe. These days, he uses his expertise to explain the cryptocurrency markets, especially the burgeoning cryptocurrency derivatives to JLN’s readers. In this episode of the CMW Podcast, Thom joins Matt in the studio to discuss the most notable moments in the cryptocurrency markets in 2019.

Out with the old…

Out with the old…

This week on The Spread, as we say goodbye to the 2010s, we take a look at a few changes coming ’round the bend.

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