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Anchorage running Libra test nodes and other highlights from the Digital Asset Summit

Anchorage running Libra test nodes and other highlights from the Digital Asset Summit

After the close of the first day of the Voice of Blockchain conference in Chicago on Monday, dozens gathered on the tenth floor of the venue for a Digital Asset Summit hosted by FinTank, a fintech development hub based in Chicago, as well as Fidelity Digital Assets, Galaxy Digital, and Token Daily. It was a closed event unaffiliated with the Voice of Blockchain conference, though many attendees from VoB were there.

Statement on Justice for Jitesh Thakkar

Statement on Justice for Jitesh Thakkar

There is a cloud hanging over the CFTC’s Technology Advisory Committee that does not involve Bitcoin. That cloud has darkened recently. The cloud is the civil case against Jitesh Thakkar, a one-time contributor to the TAC’s high frequency...

The CFTC’s Night Game

The CFTC’s Night Game

The CFTC, and in particular its new chairman, may be playing night time hardball in the federal courts. It certainly isn’t playing the game out under the lights, though.

Interviewing and Career Tips For Your Future

Interviewing and Career Tips For Your Future

In this video from our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity event in Chicago,  Robert Khoury, the CEO of Agile Rainmakers, a business development consultant and advisory firm, gives graduating students tips on job interviewing and careers, drawing from his 21 years in the financial industry. He learned a lot from his mistakes, and his practical suggestions are intended to empower those just starting out on a career in the financial industry or in any field.  

CFTC v Thakkar: a fishing license

CFTC v Thakkar: a fishing license

Jitesh Thakkar, the Chicago computer programmer charged with aiding and abetting a market manipulation by supplying software, was back in court on Wednesday. Thakkar’s attorney, Renato Mariotti, presented his motion for summary judgment at least to forestall lengthy discovery by the CFTC.

HKEX and LSE, A Capitalist’s Conundrum

HKEX and LSE, A Capitalist’s Conundrum

Today’s bid by Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEX) to buy the London Stock Exchange Group for $36.6 billion is a conundrum in what otherwise would be a continuation of global consolidation among exchanges. But it is muddied by the geopolitical backdrop that could make the London Stock Exchange off limits to certain suitors, especially those under the control of the Chinese government.

Bakkt readies CME challenge

Bakkt readies CME challenge

On Friday last week Bakkt opened the Bakkt Warehouse for its bitcoin custody business, as it prepares for ICE US’s launch of futures trading on September 23. Bakkt is counting on the warehouse to be the unique selling point as it goes head-to-head with the CME’s 21-month old bitcoin futures.

Ah, September! Litigation is in the air

Ah, September! Litigation is in the air

This year, early September is back-to-federal-court time in Chicago. Three of our favorite cases have seen some recent action in the Dirksen Building.CFTC v Kraft and Mondelez.  Last week, the CFTC asked to move the date of the evidentiary...

A Plethora of New Reference Rates

A Plethora of New Reference Rates

Ameribor is not the only new short-term interest rate vying for market attention. As part of the post-financial crisis reforms, global regulators are overseeing the abandonment of LIBOR, the London Interbank Offer Rate, in favor of new...

Bcause bets it all on bitcoin

Bcause bets it all on bitcoin

On Thursday, August 8, Judge Janet Baer continued the current round of proceedings in Bcause’s ongoing federal bankruptcy case until September 4.  Bcause demonstrated to the court there is hope a confirmable reorganization plan can be...

The Highest Paid Grip in Chicago and Parts Beyond

The Highest Paid Grip in Chicago and Parts Beyond

Friday I was the highest paid “grip” in Chicago as I helped drag JLN’s video and lighting equipment to the Wrigley building in Chicago on Michigan Avenue for a video shoot with American Financial Exchange CEO Richard Sandor and Wedbush...

What is going on at LedgerX?

What is going on at LedgerX?

LedgerX may have launched trading on the contract market platform designated by the CFTC in June as reported by the cryptocurrency press on July 31. According to details shared exclusively with CoinDesk, the online news service that broke the...

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