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U.S. Election Priced as Worst Event Risk in VIX Futures History

U.S. Election Priced as Worst Event Risk in VIX Futures History

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff The tribute page to the late Richard Schaeffer has been updated to include one from Mary Bergonia Ross, a good friend from the NYMEX. I met her as Mary Bergonia when she ran the Chicago office of Man Financial....

A Robot to Suppress ‘Bogus’ Traders Is in Works in South Korea

A Robot to Suppress ‘Bogus’ Traders Is in Works in South Korea

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff The FIA has published an important opinion piece on climate change and the market's role in helping fight it. The CFTC has reinstated TeraExchange, LLC as a Swap Execution Facility. The FTSE Mondo Visione Exchanges...

Individual-Investor Boom Reshapes U.S. Stock Market

First Read OneChicago to close on September 18 for trading. Long live OneChicago. By John Lothian OneChicago was a name given to a securities futures exchange that was an idea that never lived up to its name. It was initially a collaboration between the CME, CBOE and...

Shinzo Abe to step down as Japan’s prime minister

Shinzo Abe to step down as Japan’s prime minister

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff John Lothian News is going to start a new podcast experiment, turning the daily JLN hits and takes comments, our original content and the stories and quips in the top box of First Read into a daily podcast. We will push it out via...

OneCoin Took In Billions. Then Its Leader Vanished

OneCoin Took In Billions. Then Its Leader Vanished

First Read FDIC Enlists Fintech to Serve Pandemic-Challenged Minority Institutions Suzanne Cosgrove - JLN While the economic disruptions of COVID-19 are widespread, they have "disproportionately" disrupted minority depository institutions, also known as MDIs, said...

Cyberattacks Halt New Zealand’s Stock Exchange Twice in Two Days

Cyberattacks Halt New Zealand’s Stock Exchange Twice in Two Days

First Read Hits & Takes By John Lothian & JLN Staff Random thoughts: Since the pandemic hit, I have not worn a suit. I have only worn a dress shirt twice, and only once to leave the house. I have not used cash, nor carried any, since the pandemic hit. I have...

The Shakeout in the ETF Industry Is Accelerating

The Shakeout in the ETF Industry Is Accelerating

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The Security Traders Association 2020 Market Structure Conference, which is being held virtually this year rather than in Washington, DC, will kick off with a fireside chat with Cboe Executive Chairman, President and CEO Ed Tilly and...

City employers plan for lasting switch to remote working

City employers plan for lasting switch to remote working

First Read Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff I am concerned that there is such a rush to find a vaccine for COVID-19 that shortcuts are being taken which will reduce the reliability of the vaccine. There is pressure from the Trump administration ahead of...

Miami International Holdings and MGEX Announce Plan of Merger

Miami International Holdings and MGEX Announce Plan of Merger

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff During the pandemic, I signed up for prescriptions by mail through Walgreens. These drugs are very important to my continued well-being and health and they are sent through the U.S. mail. If the moves by President Trump to...

In China, fears of financial Iron Curtain as U.S. tensions rise

In China, fears of financial Iron Curtain as U.S. tensions rise

First Read Spoofing Is Not Just Bluffing: No Zero-Sum Game in Trading By Thom Thompson - John Lothian News Stepping away from the increasingly settled legal issues around spoofing, we see that business ethicists are also addressing the moral and economic dimensions of...

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