Fresh off its completion of fixing all major stock market problems, the SEC considers the possibility of beginning to regulate insider trading in commodity markets. The head of NYSE Euronext says that its merger with ICE is on target and headed for a fall completion. MF Global — what’s left of it, anyway — sues a large number of large banks, alleging unfair restriction of competition in the credit-default swap market.

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Intern Education Series is Just a Beginning
By John J. Lothian

Based on the success of our quickly assembled Intern Education Series, I believe this is just the beginning for John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. in the education sector.

For months, and even years, industry players have been wanting us to get deeper into market education and I think we have found our niche.

Yesterday we concluded our series of events with presentations by Richard Sandor, Terry Duffy, Rick Lane, Ben Van Vliet, June Furlan and Sam Mele. One attendee told me this was the best event in the series and another told me the highlight of his summer internship was our series.

As part of the conclusion of the series, I asked the interns to become contributors to MarketsWiki. I told them I was starting a program called “MarketsWiki Scholars” which would train them how to “wiki” and also give them rewards for meeting various metrics of contributions by handing out industry swag from our sponsors and supporters. We will arm-twist sponsors for the best t-shirts, golf balls, backpacks and any other schwag we can get donated. Anyone wishing to see your company’s name carried or worn by the future of our industry, please let me know.

Secondly, I told them I was going to try to offer an even bigger piece of cheese for those wanting to participate in the program. I want to create an award, a prize, for the best academic paper by one of the MarketsWiki Scholars on one of the subjects included in our series. I need to find an organization or company to underwrite this prize. We also want the same organization, or organizations, to become the global sponsor(s) of the video series from the Intern Education Series.

If we can do this, then we can include it as part of the Intern Education Series for several years to come. This will help us create an army of social-media-savvy people contributing to MarketsWiki, which will help us get to the next level with the site.

We are also considering expanding the series to New York next summer and perhaps London as well, during or before International Derivatives Week.

The interns we are educating today about the opportunities in our industry represent future of the industry. They also may become customers at end-user firms, or even retail customers. The time to educate these future industry participants is during these formative education years.

So this is our plan. This is what we need to execute. Look for updates on this in the coming weeks. A final thanks to all of the speakers who volunteered their time as well as to those firms who sent their interns to our events. It’s step one with bigger steps to come.


Course Against Domestic Violence Charity Golf Tournament
Prime Analytics, the makers of ProOpticus, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 16th Annual Course Against Domestic Violence Charity Golf Tournament. Together with the family of Dave Zurkowski (LLC Member and employee), this is the fifth consecutive year the ProOpticus team has supported this event by Family Rescue, a charity dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in the Chicago community by providing comprehensive support services and shelter to victims of domestic violence, particularly to abused women and their children; engaging in advocacy to promote future system change; and encouraging prevention through community education. This year’s golf tournament will be held on Friday, August 23, 2013, at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort. For more information, please contact Tricia LaPointe (773-375-1918,, or visit


Gensler: CFTC Has Power to Pursue Warehousing Fraud
Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler says the agency has “clear authority” to pursue fraud and manipulation in physical and derivative markets.

**JK – He’s in his office watching “The Untouchables” right now.


Hedge Fund Managers “Caught Off Guard”
Hal M. Bundrick – TheStreet
Hedge funds got clipped in June, falling 2% for the month, according to the Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-weighted composite of nearly 1,000 hedge funds. Year to date performance through June was pegged at 7.2%, while the S&P 500 nearly doubled that: up nearly 14.0% (13.82%) for the period.

**JK – Volatility was the culprit. Shoulda spread on some VIX.


CME Group Announces Launch of KC HRW Wheat Short-Dated New Crop Options
CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced the launch of Short-Dated New Crop Options on KC Hard Red Winter (HRW) Wheat futures. Pending CFTC review, these new short-dated options will be available for trading on the Chicago trading floor and CME Globex on Monday, August 26, 2013.

**JK – I’d like to buy a short-dated vowel for $100, Alex.


Global Bank Selects OptionsCity for Energy and OTC Trading Solutions
OptionsCity Software, a leading provider of electronic trading solutions, announced today that a Tokyo-based financial institution has deployed OptionsCity Metro and OptionsCity Freeway to its traders in New York and London. The OptionsCity trading platforms were adopted by the bank’s energy trading operations for trading on NYMEX and its Over-the-Counter trades in Europe.


A question of competence at investment banks
William Wright – Financial News
One of the many problems that investment banks face as they try to rebuild their credibility is what you might call the “paradox of competence”.


CME vs LCH.Clearnet: Clients may face CCP-specific pricing, warn FCMs
Joe Rennison –
The two biggest clearing houses for interest rate swaps, CME and LCH.Clearnet, have different margin models – which may affect the prices charged to clients by clearing members. It could also affect the contest between the two venues. Joe Rennison reports


Donald Mulvihill, Goldman Manager Who Started Funds, Dies at 56
Laurence Arnold – Bloomberg
Donald J. Mulvihill, a Goldman Sachs (GS) Group Inc. managing director who started the firm’s asset-management business in Japan and created tax-focused funds in the U.S., has died. He was 56.



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Lead Stories

SEC Examining Trading on Nonpublic Information in Commodity Markets
Jamila Trindle and Andrew Ackermani – MoneyBeat – WSJ
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White told Senate lawmakers Tuesday that the agency is examining whether there should be greater oversight of firms that trade on nonpublic information in commodity markets.

NYSE Sees ICE Deal Closing in the Fall
The chief executive of NYSE Euronext said Tuesday the exchange group’s planned sale to rival IntercontinentalExchange Inc. is on track to close this fall after securing key approvals in recent weeks.

MF Global sues banks for restricting competition in CDS
MF Global has sued 12 large banks, accusing them of restricting competition in the $25 trillion credit default swap market, the latest in a string of lawsuits alleging that banks impeded new entrants by blocking exchange trading of the contracts.

U.S. deepens scrutiny of banks’ roles in commodities
Wall Street banks face the prospect of increased scrutiny of their commodity businesses as U.S. regulators and lawmakers on Tuesday pressed for a closer look at their roles in owning warehouses and in trading everything from oil to metals

U.S., Liechtenstein bank reach settlement in tax evasion case
U.S. federal prosecutors and Liechtenstein’s oldest bank, Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG, announced a $23.8 million settlement on Tuesday that halts any criminal prosecution of the bank, which admitted to helping U.S. clients evade taxes.

Accused tipper to SAC hedge fund arrested in insider-trading probe
A securities analyst accused of leaking secret information in 2009 about a potential partnership between Yahoo and Microsoft to an SAC Capital Advisors hedge fund manager and other traders was arrested and charged in California, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

CFTC-SEC cross-border split could ‘tarnish’ US swap markets
Peter Madigan –
The heads of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) endured a grilling on Capitol Hill yesterday over their divergent approaches to the cross-border application of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Undisputed Champion
Joshua M Brown | The Reformed Broker
Guess who won the post-crisis recovery? Guess who still rules the US economy and runs American capitalism, despite everything we have and haven’t learned over the years. Guess who is once again disproportionately represented in the US financial markets…


Unclear on substituted compliance
Peter Madigan –
The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s final cross-border guidance, published on July 12, provides answers to some long-running puzzles, but also generates a host of new questions. Critics say the rules are rushed and full of ambiguities – not least on how substituted compliance will work in practice.

CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight Issues Time-Limited No-Action Relief from the Prohibition of Aggregation Under § 43.6(h)(6) for Large Notional Off-Facility Swaps
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (“CFTC”) Division of Market Oversight (“Division”) today issued a letter providing no-action relief from the aggregation prohibition in § 43.6(h)(6) for certain commodity trading advisors (“CTA”) and investment advisors (“IA”) with respect to large notional off-facility swaps until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on October 1, 2013.

Top Barclays investor blasts ‘capricious and hostile’ regulators
Reuters via Yahoo! News
By Chris Vellacott LONDON – A top Barclays investor has blasted financial regulators for a “lack of stability or consistency” in capital requirements, warning they could undermine efforts to sell off government stakes in bailed out lenders.

New Zealand’s Financial Markets Authority: Chair For Financial Adviser Code Committee Re-Elected

U.S. Agencies Seek Comment On Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test Guidance For Medium-Sized Firms

Testimony Of CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler Before The U.S. Senate Committee On Banking, Housing And Urban Affairs, Washington, DC

U.S. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson Statement On Financial Markets Oversight Hearing

Chairwoman Stabenow – U.S. Senate Committee On Agriculture, Nutrition And Forestry – Presses CFTC To Review Alleged Manipulation Of Aluminum Market

[ASIC] Selective disclosure of confidential, price-sensitive information

ASIC update on financial advice stakeholder engagement

ASIC to boost record-keeping obligations

Exchanges & Trading Facilities

NYSE Euronext set to bow out with strong futures volumes
Anish Puaar – Financial News
Gains in derivatives trading and an acceleration of cost-cutting measures drove NYSE Euronext’s second-quarter profits higher, as the Big Board reported what could be its last set of results before completing a multibillion-dollar merger with the Atlanta-based IntercontinentalExchange.

CBOE Holdings Announces 20% Increase In Quarterly Dividend
CBOE Holdings, Inc. today announced that its Board of Directors has raised the company’s quarterly dividend to $0.18 per share from $0.15 per share, an increase of 20 percent.

Nasdaq Lowered to Sell by Goldman Sachs on Lower Profit Margins
Sam Mamudi – Bloomberg
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. advised selling shares of Nasdaq OMX Group Inc., saying the company’s diversification strategy will reduce profit margins and may cause the exchange operator to miss earnings forecasts.

Expansion Of ASX Equity Research Scheme
ASX is expanding the ASX Equity Research Scheme for a further 12 months starting today, with funding doubled to $2 million and with the participation of more research providers (17), covering more companies (approximately 1,314).

MIAX Options Interfaces (FOI, MEI, ToM & CTD) Updates & Additional Features

Bermuda Stock Exchange Will Be Closed For Bermuda ‘Cup Match’ Public Holidays

Hedge Funds & Managed Futures

Alternative UCITS, 2Q 2013 Update – MondoAlternative
Main findings: Alternative UCITS inflows in 2Q 2013: +6 Euro billion, Single managers; +137 Euro million, Fund of funds; 103.7 Euro billion of total assets under management monitored, up from 96.1 Euro billion at end of March 2013; Fixed income is still the largest contributor to the growth of the sector: +3.9 Euro billion of inflows in 2Q 2013 (+8.7 billion in 2013 until June, see chart 1).

Bill Gross Bounces Back After Spring Swoon
Min Zeng – MoneyBeat – WSJ
Bond king Bill Gross’s fund bounced back this month following the debt markets’ spring swoon.

Gresham Parts Ways With Youens, Keeps Private Equity Focus
Gillian Tan – MoneyBeat – WSJ
Australia’s Gresham Private Equity–backed by the nation’s largest conglomerate Wesfarmers Ltd. –is parting ways with one of its joint heads, Mark Youens.

Former Mizuho Credit Trading Head Plans Own Hong Kong Hedge Fund
Jeffrey Yap, former head of Asian fixed-income trading at a unit of Mizuho Financial Group Inc. , plans to start his own credit-focused hedge fund in Hong Kong.

Blackstone Poised to Buy Seven Australian Office Towers
Gillian Tan – MoneyBeat – WSJ
The Blackstone Group is set to acquire seven Australian office buildings from the real estate arm of General Electric Co. for around 300 million Australian dollars (US$271 million), a person familiar with the matter said

Italian hedge fund spin-out prepares third fund launch
Alec Macfarlane – Financial News
Consilium, the private equity firm which was spun out from Italian fund of hedge funds Kairos Partners, is preparing to launch its third buyout fund, according to three people familiar with the situation.

Highest-Earning Hedge Fund Managers
Rank: 1 Firm: Appaloosa Management Earnings: $2.2 billion Tepper, 55, continues to make a good case that he is one of the great hedge fund investors of all time. While most hedge funds underperformed the U.S. stock market in 2012, Tepper trounced it.

Ackman’s fund loses about $300 mln on Herbalife
Hedge fund manager William Ackman has lost roughly $300 million since his Pershing Square Capital Management put on its $1 billion short bet against Herbalife, according to a person familiar with the portfolio.

Banks & Brokers

Banks’ Focus on Recovery Is Miring Europe’s Economic Growth
Their United States rivals may be rolling in money, but for European banks it is still the season of penitence.

Mark Carney’s risky revolution
Since his appointment as governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney has made it clear he intends to change the way the central bank does monetary policy. Sir Mervyn King, Mr Carney’s cricket-loving predecessor, insisted that the interest rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee should “face one ball at a time”. Conversely, the new governor wants the BoE to pre-commit to a future interest rate path, a practice that economists refer to as “forward guidance”.

State Street Report Takes The Pulse Of Buy-Side Firms Mandated To Clear OTC Derivatives
State Street’s SwapEx Files Registration With The CFTC To Become A Multi-Asset Swap Execution Facility

Invest n Retire Adds Access to Wolverine Execution Services Into INR’s Patented Record Keeping Software for Defined Contribution Plans and Separately Managed Accounts
Wolverine Execution Services (WEX), a leading provider of value added trade execution services, and Invest n Retire, LLC (INR), an innovative developer of patented technology solutions for defined contribution (DC) plans and separately managed accounts (SMAs), today announced connectivity to WEX’s agency broker services directly from the INR platform.

Morgan Stanley fined for selling exotic funds to unwary investors
Reuters via Yahoo! Finance
Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine to New Jersey state securities regulators for selling exotic exchange-traded funds to unwary investors, state officials said on Tuesday.

Clearing & Settlement

LCH nears $1 trillion in cleared FX trades
Anish Puaar – Financial News
LCH.Clearnet, the international clearing house owned by the London Stock Exchange Group, is nearing $1 trillion of cleared foreign exchange trades, as market participants begin clearing currency derivatives ahead of impending swaps regulations and benefit from broadened access to its FX clearing service.

Indexes & Products

Most ETNs are overpriced, study claims
Yakob Peterseil –
Research claims to show that market prices of most ETNs do not accurately reflect their risks and that the notes should trade at greater discounts


SunGard’s Loanet Provides Scottrade, Inc. With Securities Finance Trading Automation
SunGard’s Loanet solution suite supports Scottrade, Inc., a leading online investing firm, with its expanding securities finance automation requirements.

SunGard enhances Asset Arena InvestOne to help buy-side firms create smarter operations
SunGard has released an enhanced version of its Asset Arena InvestOne global accounting solution for asset managers, custodian banks and third party administrators. The latest version gives firms extended accounting automation and servicing capabilities to improve operational controls and productivity and ultimately ease the burden of meeting growing regulatory requirements.

Scivantage Maxit Reconciles Data Using Broadridge
Zarna Patel – Wall Street & Technology
To build on the partnership between Scivantage, provider of technology solutions for the financial industry, and Broadridge Financial Solutions, Scivantage Maxit, an automated real-time cost basis reporting platform, will now support reconciliation.

Global Capacity Signs Solution Partner Agreement With Equinix to Simplify Connectivity Needs in the Global Marketplace
Global Capacity, the leading network connectivity company, today announced it has signed a Solution Partner agreement with Equinix to deliver its One Marketplace platform to automate and streamline the procurement of Ethernet, SONET and Wavelength network connectivity into Equinix International Business Exchange data centers.

Kontiki Builds European Customer Base On Platform Equinix – High-Performance Cloud-Based Video Provider Extends Platform From USA To UK

Sapient Global Markets And The European Energy Exchange To Enable REMIT Regulatory Reporting
Sapient Global Markets To Help Market Participants Connect To The EEX For REMIT Reporting To ACER


CFTC Charges Florida-Based AmeriFirst Management LLC and Its Owners, John P. D’Onofrio, George E. Sarafianos, and Scott D. Piccininni, in Multi-Million Dollar Fraudulent Precious Metals Scheme
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced that it filed a civil injunctive enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against AmeriFirst Management LLC (AML) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and its owners, John P. D’Onofrio of Fort Lauderdale, George E. Sarafianos of Lighthouse Point, Florida, and Scott D. Piccininni of Fort Lauderdale.

SEC Charges Two Traders in Spain With Insider Trading Ahead of BHP Acquisition Bid
The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a former high-ranking official at Madrid-based Banco Santander S.A. and a former judge in Spain with insider trading based on non-public information about a proposed acquisition for which the Spanish investment bank was acting as an advisor.

SEC Charges Tipper of Confidential Information to S.A.C. Capital Portfolio Manager
The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged the tipper of confidential information to a S.A.C. Capital portfolio manager who has been charged with insider trading.

Morgan Stanley fined for selling exotic funds to unwary investors
Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine to New Jersey state securities regulators for selling exotic exchange-traded funds to unwary investors, state officials said on Tuesday.

Lawyers Present Closing Arguments in Former Goldman Trader’s Fraud Case
Fabrice Tourre, the former Goldman Sachs trader, was either a greedy scheming liar or a bright young executive just trying to do his job, according to dueling portraits presented during closing arguments Tuesday in the most prominent case from the financial crisis to go to trial.

Four arrested in FCA insider dealing investigation
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police has this morning executed search warrants in West London. Four individuals including three men aged 29, 51, and 56 and one women aged 25 have been arrested and are currently in custody to be questioned in connection with an investigation in to Insider Dealing and Market Abuse.

[Canada] Illegal practice as a dealer – AMF lays charges against Alain André Desarzens

ASIC cancels securities dealer’s licence

Environmental & Energy

China’s Spending on Renewable Energy May Total 1.8 Trillion Yuan
China’s spending to develop renewable energy may total 1.8 trillion yuan ($294 billion) in the five years through 2015 as part of the nation’s efforts to counter climate change, according to a government official.

Europe’s Biggest Solar Projects Threatened by China Deal
Europe’s decision to curb imports of Chinese solar panels threatens to limit the biggest projects using the technology in the 28-nation bloc while having little impact on the manufacturers accused of dumping their products.

Drax H1 profit tumbles on higher carbon costs
British coal-fired power producer Drax posted a sharp decline in half-year profit on Tuesday, blaming high costs of meeting carbon emissions reduction for its earnings slump.


Thailand Emerges as Bright M&A Spot
Cynthia Koons and P.R. Venkat – MoneyBeat – WSJ
Southeast Asia’s booming growth has turned it into a beacon for merger-and-acquisition activity across Asia.

Japan’s Mizuho Q1 net profit rises 35 pct, maintains forecast
Mizuho Financial Group Inc , Japan’s second-biggest bank by assets, reported on Wednesday a 35 percent rise in net profit for the April-June quarter, driven by a rally in Japanese stocks that boosted the value of its equity portfolio.

TOCOM To Change “Top 10 Volume By Member”

Osaka Securities Exchange: Implementation Of Night Session Liquidity Improvement Program For Nikkei 225 Options

SGX welcomes Rex International to Catalist

Frontier Markets

Global Board Of Trade Launches Silver Spot CFD Contract
Global Board of Trade (GBOT), the first international multi-asset bourse from Mauritius has announced that the GBOT SILVER SPOT CFD contract has gone live for trading on Monday, 29th July 2013. This precious metal CFD contract, launched three months after GBOT became the 1st exchange in Africa to have successfully introduced exchange traded CFDs, signifies the exchange’s commitment towards product innovation.

Malaysian banks face 20% capital surcharge from Basel III internal model switch
Justin Lee –
Malaysian banks operating across several jurisdictions in South-east Asia are facing higher capital charges when shifting from a standardised to an internal-based model for credit risk at a group level, due to Basel III’s sovereign ratings cap.

Morgan Stanley names new Qatar head as deal activity revives
Morgan Stanley has appointed Qatari national Abdulla al-Ansari as the bank’s new head in the country, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters, a sign the U.S. bank is positioning itself for a share of rising deal activity from the gas-rich Gulf state.

ICICI Bank Stand-Alone Net Profit Increases 25%
India’s ICICI Bank Ltd. Wednesday reported a 25% jump in its first-quarter stand-alone net profit, helped by strong demand for loans.

Dubai Financial Market Successfully Concludes Its Summer Training Program 2013
The Program Offered 25 Emarati Students The Opportunity To Sharpen Their Skills And Plan For Their Future Career

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