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The Spread: MIAX Makes Moves

The Spread: MIAX Makes Moves

This week on The Spread – MIAX keeps expanding, Cboe veteran Tom Zagara spins us a yarn about the early days of the exchange, and JLN prepares for the Options Industry Conference in April.

SEC Commissioner Sparks ICO Safe Harbor

SEC Commissioner Sparks ICO Safe Harbor

A Bruce Springsteen-quoting SEC Commissioner told a Chicago blockchain audience that she wants her agency to provide a grace period for digital asset projects to develop free of worry about securities regulation interfering with their token issuances.

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James E. Staley

James E. Staley

Barclays Chief Executive Officer James E. "Jes" Staley is being investigated over his ties to the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, the latest headache for the U.K.'s second biggest bank.

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DTCC

DTCC

The DTCC has published a new white paper on distributed ledger technology (DLT), which argues that DLT such as blockchain applications are in need of best practice frameworks for efficiency, security, and interoperability with non-DLT.

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John Lothian Newsletter

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Lee Tenzer – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Lee Tenzer – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Lee Tenzer is one of the giants of the Chicago markets. He was an inaugural member of the Crowd of Fame from the Options Industry Council. Lee E. Tenzer is the founder of trading firm LETCO and brought two leading names from the industry into the markets. His first...

The Weekend Update: January 6-17, 2020

The Weekend Update: January 6-17, 2020

JLN PRESS ROOM PICK OF THE WEEK MORE EXCHANGES DECELERATE DRIVE FOR SPEED, EXPERIMENT WITH MINUSCULE DELAYS After a prolonged drive to be the fastest to execute trades, more exchange operators are experimenting with speed bumps, or fractional...

The Spread: It Takes Two to Contango

The Spread: It Takes Two to Contango

This week on The Spread – low natural gas prices lead to an increase in swaptions trading, the CME has another successful launch, and a Binance-backed exchange boasts a ton of trading volume.

The Weekend Update: January 6-10, 2020

The Weekend Update: January 6-10, 2020

JLN PRESS ROOM PICK OF THE WEEK MARC NAGEL – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT Marc Nagel is a derivatives consultant, lawyer, CPA and expert witness. He also spent 26 years as a pit trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. He sat for an...

…in with the new

…in with the new

This week on The Spread – the OCC and CME report cause to celebrate, bitcoin options products abound, and the options markets react to retaliation from Iran.

Nothing Learned from the CFTC Bullying a Win in the Thakkar Case

Nothing Learned from the CFTC Bullying a Win in the Thakkar Case

If Jitesh Thakkar loses his case brought by the Enforcement Division of the CFTC, it will not be because the facts in the case are damning against him. It will be because the CFTC has bled Thakkar and his family and friends dry of the financial resources and the will to persevere. It will be because the CFTC’s tactic of drawing out the process and the costs for deposing him, former employees and even customers became too much for Thakkar to endure.

Marc Nagel – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Marc Nagel – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Marc Nagel is a derivatives consultant, lawyer, CPA and expert witness. He also spent 26 years as a pit trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. He sat for an interview about his years on the trading floor with John Lothian News for the Open Outcry Traders History Project.

CryptoMarketsWiki Podcast Episode 7: Buy the Dip! Featuring: Thom Thompson, editor at JLN

CryptoMarketsWiki Podcast Episode 7: Buy the Dip! Featuring: Thom Thompson, editor at JLN

JLN Editor Thom Thompson has decades of experience working in the financial markets in both the U.S. and Europe. These days, he uses his expertise to explain the cryptocurrency markets, especially the burgeoning cryptocurrency derivatives to JLN’s readers. In this episode of the CMW Podcast, Thom joins Matt in the studio to discuss the most notable moments in the cryptocurrency markets in 2019.

Weekend Update: December 30-January 3, 2019

Weekend Update: December 30-January 3, 2019

JLN PRESS ROOM PICK OF THE WEEK Options markets to get liquidity boost A new rule finalized last month by the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency might make it...

Options markets to get liquidity boost

Options markets to get liquidity boost

A new rule finalized last month by the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency might make it easier for banks to keep less capital tied up, potentially clearing the way for them to do more business with market makers.

Out with the old…

Out with the old…

This week on The Spread, as we say goodbye to the 2010s, we take a look at a few changes coming ’round the bend.

Lee Tenzer – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Lee Tenzer – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Lee Tenzer is one of the giants of the Chicago markets. He was an inaugural member of the Crowd of Fame from the Options Industry Council. Lee E. Tenzer is the founder of trading firm LETCO and brought two leading names from the industry into the markets. His first...

The Weekend Update: January 6-17, 2020

The Weekend Update: January 6-17, 2020

JLN PRESS ROOM PICK OF THE WEEK MORE EXCHANGES DECELERATE DRIVE FOR SPEED, EXPERIMENT WITH MINUSCULE DELAYS After a prolonged drive to be the fastest to execute trades, more exchange operators are experimenting with speed bumps, or fractional...

The Spread: It Takes Two to Contango

The Spread: It Takes Two to Contango

This week on The Spread – low natural gas prices lead to an increase in swaptions trading, the CME has another successful launch, and a Binance-backed exchange boasts a ton of trading volume.

The Weekend Update: January 6-10, 2020

The Weekend Update: January 6-10, 2020

JLN PRESS ROOM PICK OF THE WEEK MARC NAGEL – OPEN OUTCRY TRADERS HISTORY PROJECT Marc Nagel is a derivatives consultant, lawyer, CPA and expert witness. He also spent 26 years as a pit trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. He sat for an...

…in with the new

…in with the new

This week on The Spread – the OCC and CME report cause to celebrate, bitcoin options products abound, and the options markets react to retaliation from Iran.

Nothing Learned from the CFTC Bullying a Win in the Thakkar Case

Nothing Learned from the CFTC Bullying a Win in the Thakkar Case

If Jitesh Thakkar loses his case brought by the Enforcement Division of the CFTC, it will not be because the facts in the case are damning against him. It will be because the CFTC has bled Thakkar and his family and friends dry of the financial resources and the will to persevere. It will be because the CFTC’s tactic of drawing out the process and the costs for deposing him, former employees and even customers became too much for Thakkar to endure.

Marc Nagel – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Marc Nagel – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Marc Nagel is a derivatives consultant, lawyer, CPA and expert witness. He also spent 26 years as a pit trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. He sat for an interview about his years on the trading floor with John Lothian News for the Open Outcry Traders History Project.

CryptoMarketsWiki Podcast Episode 7: Buy the Dip! Featuring: Thom Thompson, editor at JLN

CryptoMarketsWiki Podcast Episode 7: Buy the Dip! Featuring: Thom Thompson, editor at JLN

JLN Editor Thom Thompson has decades of experience working in the financial markets in both the U.S. and Europe. These days, he uses his expertise to explain the cryptocurrency markets, especially the burgeoning cryptocurrency derivatives to JLN’s readers. In this episode of the CMW Podcast, Thom joins Matt in the studio to discuss the most notable moments in the cryptocurrency markets in 2019.

Weekend Update: December 30-January 3, 2019

Weekend Update: December 30-January 3, 2019

JLN PRESS ROOM PICK OF THE WEEK Options markets to get liquidity boost A new rule finalized last month by the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency might make it...

Options markets to get liquidity boost

Options markets to get liquidity boost

A new rule finalized last month by the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency might make it easier for banks to keep less capital tied up, potentially clearing the way for them to do more business with market makers.

Out with the old…

Out with the old…

This week on The Spread, as we say goodbye to the 2010s, we take a look at a few changes coming ’round the bend.

The Weekend Update: December 16-20, 2019

The Weekend Update: December 16-20, 2019

JLN PRESS ROOM PICK OF THE WEEK Bank of England confirms high-speed traders hacked audio feed The Bank of England has confirmed an internal audio feed of press conferences was hacked by high-speed traders seeking early access to information...

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