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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...

The CryptoMarketsWiki Podcast Episode 5: Living That Distributed Life

The CryptoMarketsWiki Podcast Episode 5: Living That Distributed Life

After finishing her education at Pepperdine University, Lexy Prodromos dove headfirst into the blockchain world, quickly establishing herself as an influential figure. An early contributor to the Illinois Blockchain Initiative, she later became executive director of the Chicago Blockchain Center as well as a strategic lead at Bloq. Prodromos shares what it has been like working behind the scenes with both regulators and technology firms to help this nascent technology flourish.

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 CMW Podcast Episode 4: Evolving With the Market

The CMW Podcast Episode 4: Evolving With the Market

Why did Scott Freeman go from being a managing partner at a quantitative hedge fund to starting a company for digital asset trading and advisory services? Scott answers this and other fascinating questions about pivoting into institutional crypto trading, navigating through the regulatory nuances between different markets around the world, and more.

The CMW Podcast Episode 3: A Speculative Streak

The CMW Podcast Episode 3: A Speculative Streak

Bill Ulivieri, former CBOE market maker and Principal of Cenacle Capital Management LLC, is a veteran of the industry who’s done it all – including crypto trading. Ulivieri joins Matt at the JLN studio to discuss the benefits and shortcomings of digital assets as a store of value, and how he thinks bitcoin fits into the future of global finance.

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.

ESG: We’re Only at the Tip of the Iceberg

ESG: We’re Only at the Tip of the Iceberg

At FIA IDX 2019 in London, John Lothian News sat down with Clive Furness, the managing director of Contango Markets Ltd., to talk about ESG (environmental, social and governance) and how it fits into commodity and index products, and why it’s a “social revolution” and not a fad.

Leo Melamed – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Leo Melamed – Open Outcry Traders History Project

The first video we are releasing from the Open Outcry Traders History Project is of Leo Melamed. In this video, Leo tells of his start as a law student and runner, how he financed his first membership with help from his father and how many times he went broke. Three. There are lots of great stories from Leo – from how he makes his trading decisions to the impact of his career on his family and what kind of father he was. The Chairman Emeritus of the CME has had a long, history-making career. Here is his story.

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...

OCC Strengthens Financial Resiliency With New Capital Management Policy

OCC Strengthens Financial Resiliency With New Capital Management Policy

In the past few years, OCC has taken steps to strengthen its resilience through a variety of activities including increasing headcount, working to revamp the clearinghouse’s technology stack and altering margin methodologies, to name a few. In this video, OCC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Scot Warren talks about the OCC’s new capital management policy.

From Grains to Frac Sand to Hemp

From Grains to Frac Sand to Hemp

If you had told Julie Lerner eight years ago that the commodity trading platform PanXchange,  which she was building with sugar in mind, would grow to support the trading of frac sand, East African grains and hemp, she would have said you are nuts. 

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