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Meme Stocks’ Latest Frenzy Isn’t About a Short Squeeze

Meme Stocks’ Latest Frenzy Isn’t About a Short Squeeze

Lead Stories Meme Stocks' Latest Frenzy Isn't About a Short Squeeze Anna Hirtenstein - WSJ Meme stocks have made a comeback, with one big change: this time around, short sellers aren't a big player in the market. Individual investors have been gearing up for some...

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Peter Harrigan – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part Two

Peter Harrigan – Open Outcry Traders History Project – Part Two

Peter Harrigan capped off his career as a floor trader on the CME and the Pacific Exchange in the middle of a bear market in 2002. Since then, he’s managed money, helped start up an AI company and traded cryptocurrencies, but he continues to speak fondly of his floor days, even the challenging ones.

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When Americans Took to the Streets Over Inflation

When Americans Took to the Streets Over Inflation

First Read $42,376/$300,000 (14.1%) ++++ Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff CME Group and FTSE Russell are putting on a webinar TODAY at 11 a.m. ET titled, "Russell U.S. recon: Mitigating risk with derivatives." If you are invested in small cap stocks, you...

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Marex has canceled its planned IPO on the London Stock Exchange "due to more challenging IPO market conditions," it said in a statement.

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Robin Trott – The Path to Electronic Trading Part Two

Robin Trott – The Path to Electronic Trading Part Two

In Part Two of Robin Trott – The Path to Electronic Trading, Trott talked about how block trade and call-around markets developed in Europe. Platforms were rushing to write to all of the individual European markets. There were a large number of them back then. 

Robin Trott – The Path to Electronic Trading Part One

Robin Trott – The Path to Electronic Trading Part One

Robin Trott started out as an undergrad studying philosophy and politics, but it was the peak of the dotcom bust and he realized that wasn’t very practical. So he got a Master’s degree and got on the technology and operations graduate scheme at JP Morgan. 

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When Americans Took to the Streets Over Inflation

When Americans Took to the Streets Over Inflation

First Read $42,376/$300,000 (14.1%) ++++ Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff CME Group and FTSE Russell are putting on a webinar TODAY at 11 a.m. ET titled, "Russell U.S. recon: Mitigating risk with derivatives." If you are invested in small cap stocks, you...

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Meme Stocks’ Latest Frenzy Isn’t About a Short Squeeze

Meme Stocks’ Latest Frenzy Isn’t About a Short Squeeze

Lead Stories Meme Stocks' Latest Frenzy Isn't About a Short Squeeze Anna Hirtenstein - WSJ Meme stocks have made a comeback, with one big change: this time around, short sellers aren't a big player in the market. Individual investors have been gearing up for some...

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John Lothian News Daily Update

The John Lothian Daily Update is a podcast 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.

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Bradley Rotter – Open Outcry Traders History Project, Part One

Bradley Rotter – Open Outcry Traders History Project, Part One

Bradley Rotter has been a pioneer in financial futures, hedge fund investing and cryptocurrencies. He was on the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade when financial futures were just getting started. He convinced Merrill Lynch they needed a financial futures expert and was hired, then later moved to New York to work for EF Hutton before returning to Chicago to become the floor manager for AG Becker & Co. when bonds were first traded in the old South Room of the CBOT.

MIAX Mixes It Up; Looks at Futures Expansion

MIAX Mixes It Up; Looks at Futures Expansion

MIAX Futures President Joseph Ferraro talks about the May 24 launch of MIAX corporate tax futures. He also details the planned expansion of MIAX futures offerings, the role of the exchange operator’s broad geographic base and where cryptocurrency trading fits into the MIAX mix.

Leo Melamed Is ‘Man of the Futures’

Leo Melamed Is ‘Man of the Futures’

Leo Melamed has lived a life worthy of multiple autobiographies. And he now has written his latest, “The Man of the Futures.” The book encompasses all that occurred in his life and work since 1996, when he published “Escape to the Futures.” A lot has happened in that quarter of a century, and many of Melamed’s dreams and the predictions he made have been realized.

Small Exchange CEO Donnie Roberts Excited By First Year Of Trading

Small Exchange CEO Donnie Roberts Excited By First Year Of Trading

The Small Exchange did not get started when CEO Donnie Roberts wanted it to in 2020. Just as it was finally given regulatory approval, the pandemic hit in March of 2020. The exchange didn’t start until June 1st and when it did, the initial focus was on making sure all the systems worked properly. John Lothian News spoke to Roberts last week about the exchange’s first year of trading. 

Catching up with Sterling Trading Tech on “Unprecedented” Trading

Catching up with Sterling Trading Tech on “Unprecedented” Trading

Sterling Trading Tech is one of the firms in the eye of the storm for the rise of retail equity and option traders. John Lothian News caught up with their president and head of risk management to talk about how they fared and how they continue to deal with the influx of retail customers and resulting trading activity in 2020 and 2021.

Tom Sosnoff – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Tom Sosnoff – Open Outcry Traders History Project

The CEO of tastytrade, Tom Sosnoff, was interviewed by John Lothian News for the Open Outcry Traders History Project. Sosnoff was a trader on the floor of the CBOE for 20 years after growing up in New York. He moved to Chicago at the behest of some co-workers at his...

MIAX Mixes It Up; Looks at Futures Expansion

MIAX Mixes It Up; Looks at Futures Expansion

MIAX Futures President Joseph Ferraro talks about the May 24 launch of MIAX corporate tax futures. He also details the planned expansion of MIAX futures offerings, the role of the exchange operator’s broad geographic base and where cryptocurrency trading fits into the MIAX mix.

Leo Melamed Is ‘Man of the Futures’

Leo Melamed Is ‘Man of the Futures’

Leo Melamed has lived a life worthy of multiple autobiographies. And he now has written his latest, “The Man of the Futures.” The book encompasses all that occurred in his life and work since 1996, when he published “Escape to the Futures.” A lot has happened in that quarter of a century, and many of Melamed’s dreams and the predictions he made have been realized.

Small Exchange CEO Donnie Roberts Excited By First Year Of Trading

Small Exchange CEO Donnie Roberts Excited By First Year Of Trading

The Small Exchange did not get started when CEO Donnie Roberts wanted it to in 2020. Just as it was finally given regulatory approval, the pandemic hit in March of 2020. The exchange didn’t start until June 1st and when it did, the initial focus was on making sure all the systems worked properly. John Lothian News spoke to Roberts last week about the exchange’s first year of trading. 

Catching up with Sterling Trading Tech on “Unprecedented” Trading

Catching up with Sterling Trading Tech on “Unprecedented” Trading

Sterling Trading Tech is one of the firms in the eye of the storm for the rise of retail equity and option traders. John Lothian News caught up with their president and head of risk management to talk about how they fared and how they continue to deal with the influx of retail customers and resulting trading activity in 2020 and 2021.

Tom Sosnoff – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Tom Sosnoff – Open Outcry Traders History Project

The CEO of tastytrade, Tom Sosnoff, was interviewed by John Lothian News for the Open Outcry Traders History Project. Sosnoff was a trader on the floor of the CBOE for 20 years after growing up in New York. He moved to Chicago at the behest of some co-workers at his...

ISDA 35th AGM: Are Derivatives a Green Solution?

ISDA 35th AGM: Are Derivatives a Green Solution?

Unraveling how to effectively mitigate the economic and market risks associated with climate change was the focus of an ISDA meeting session on Tuesday, but while the panel of international regulators and banking officials outlined their considerable and ongoing efforts, a clear path to a uniform solution remained elusive.

JIm Krause: The Path to Electronic Trading

JIm Krause: The Path to Electronic Trading

Former CME CIO Krause Recalls the History of CME Globex From the Beginning Jim Krause came to the futures industry from a job in temperature control and HVAC at  a company called MCC Powers. He followed Don Serpico, his supervisor at MCC Powers, who had been hired by...

OIC 2021: What’s Next for the Options Industry? ‘Not Going to Put the Genie Back in the Bottle’

OIC 2021: What’s Next for the Options Industry? ‘Not Going to Put the Genie Back in the Bottle’

Retail participation, education of new investors, seen as ongoing industry themes in 2021.
After two days of heralding the record volume that accompanied exceptional periods of volatility in 2020, panelists in the final sessions of the Options Industry Conference generally breathed a collective sigh of relief that the industry had escaped last year’s challenges relatively unscathed. 

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