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Turbulence at the #1 Bitcoin SEF in the World 

Turbulence at the #1 Bitcoin SEF in the World 

In the middle of Monday afternoon, the board of directors of LedgerX Holdings announced with a press release that each in the husband and wife team of Paul and Juthica Chou had been put on administrative leave from their roles as CEO and president, respectively.

Regulator Rumble

Regulator Rumble

This week on The Spread – Bakkt’s CEO heads to Washington, the VIX perks up for the first time since October, and regulators debate over who has jurisdiction over SPIKES futures trading on MGEX.

Back in Court with Bcause – Year End Report

Back in Court with Bcause – Year End Report

Wednesday was the last hearing scheduled for this year for the Bcause bankruptcy. The next court date is January 7 when the bankruptcy trustee’s disposition of Bcause’s remaining “asset,” the spot market, will be presented to the court. 

FIA EXPO – Another Perspective on Day Two

FIA EXPO – Another Perspective on Day Two

Day Two of EXPO provided enough time for at least three substantive and engaging sessions in its short format. On Friday, my colleague Suzanne Cosgrove reported on one of the conference’s last panels regarding replacements for the dysfunctional IBOR...

FIA Expo Day Two: Alternatives to LIBOR

FIA Expo Day Two: Alternatives to LIBOR

Transitions, disruptions and outright change are not new to the futures and options industry, but at this year’s FIA Expo, those themes seemed to loom especially large. One of the biggest changes the industry is facing is the transition from LIBOR to other...

FIA EXPO Day One Overview

FIA EXPO Day One Overview

FIA EXPO rolled into the Hilton on South Michigan Avenue Tuesday night as it does about this time every year. Ending midway through Thursday afternoon, it seems shorter this year, with fewer sessions, attendees and exhibitors.EXPO 2019 is...

Justice for Jitesh: Special Sauce is Never Shared

Justice for Jitesh: Special Sauce is Never Shared

I worked with traders and systems developers for many years when I was a futures broker. During the time I worked with them, they never shared with me their “special sauce,” the intellectual property that made their trading systems tick. There...

CFTC, Chairman Skate Away From Testifying About Kraft

CFTC, Chairman Skate Away From Testifying About Kraft

In a win for the CFTC, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals let the CFTC’s Commissioners breathe a bit more freely on Tuesday afternoon. The court ruled that the commissioners could not be required to provide testimony about their and the...

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ABN Amro takes $200m hit from failure of a single client

ABN Amro takes $200m hit from failure of a single client

First Read Hits & Takes By John Lothian and JLN Staff The challenge of the coronavirus outbreak has been compared to a war. Yesterday, there was a story that compared our current situation to World War II. It is a good comparison, because there are going to be...

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