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The Cult of the Retail Trader Has Fizzled

The Cult of the Retail Trader Has Fizzled

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Germany conducted a nationwide raid, thwarting a rightwing, extremist coup plot to overthrow the German government. It is the biggest ever raid targeting right wing extremists, Bloomberg reported. John Lothian...

FIA launches ETD Tracker

FIA launches ETD Tracker

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff I think this whole Sam Bankman-Fried "against the advice of my lawyers I am doing this two hour interview with you" is a bunch of baloney. It is really part of a larger defense strategy. He is the target of...

FTX Effort to Save Itself Failed on Questionable Assets

FTX Effort to Save Itself Failed on Questionable Assets

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Jay Clayton and Timothy Massad, former heads of the SEC and CFTC respectively, have written an op-ed to The Wall Street Journal titled "How to Start Regulating the Crypto Markets-Immediately." The subheadline is...

FTX Implosion Prompts Call by DOJ Arm for Independent Probe

FTX Implosion Prompts Call by DOJ Arm for Independent Probe

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff The economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has a piece titled "Blockchains, What Are They Good For?" It may be the obituary for blockchain, as Krugman outlines all the firms that have abandoned...

FTX’s Collapse Validates Gary Gensler’s Crypto Skepticism

FTX’s Collapse Validates Gary Gensler’s Crypto Skepticism

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff It is a good day and a bad day for the SEC's Gary Gensler. On the one hand, he is being lauded by Bloomberg for his crypto skepticism in the light of the FTX black hole. On the other hand, Virtu decided it can't...

Inequality in Society Drives Stock-Market Performance

Inequality in Society Drives Stock-Market Performance

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Crypto native publication Decrypt published a story on November 27 about a slip of the tongue made by CME Group's Terry Duffy while he was being interviewed by FOX News' Tucker Carlson. Duffy had been prescient...

FTX’s Collapse Upends Sam Bankman-Fried’s Washington Play

FTX’s Collapse Upends Sam Bankman-Fried’s Washington Play

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Thanksgiving is full of family, food and lots of sports on television. My Purdue Boilermakers were very active over the weekend, both in football and basketball. The football team beat instate rival Indiana...

The Silencing of Hong Kong’s Analysts

The Silencing of Hong Kong’s Analysts

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Yesterday we published the first part of my interview with CoinDesk Deputy Editor-in-Chief Nick Baker, a former Dow Jones Newswire and Bloomberg reporter and editor who joined CoinDesk in August. Part one...

Europe’s Energy Exchanges Warn Gas Price Cap to Backfire on EU

Europe’s Energy Exchanges Warn Gas Price Cap to Backfire on EU

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Today we have the obituary for my mother, Marjorie Jane Lothian. It is published on John Lothian News, which costs considerably less than the Chicago Tribune. Though I get the Scottish blood from my father, it...

FTX Hammers More Nails Into Crypto’s Coffin

FTX Hammers More Nails Into Crypto’s Coffin

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Longtime CME Group executive David Lerman passed away a week ago. All the services were private. Lerman served as senior director, asset managers client segment, at the time of his death. He had been an...

FTX Was an Empty Black Box All Along

FTX Was an Empty Black Box All Along

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Cboe Global Markets is looking smarter and smarter for having shut down its bitcoin futures contracts affiliated with the Winklevoss twins, as Genesis Trading is one of the latest firms to be caught up in the...

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