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Andre Buckles: Working From Home – MWE World of Opportunity

Andre Buckles: Working From Home – MWE World of Opportunity

Andre Buckles is the executive director of talent recruitment at the OCC. He spoke to John Lothian News for the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity video series about the work from home environment and how to make it work. He offered insights as an engaged worker in a remote working world. He spoke about six different ways to be engaged in a virtual environment.

The Spread – July 16, 2021

The Spread – July 16, 2021

Options traders torn between higher Inflation and steady Fed policy; June market share up at MIAX; John Lothian talks about a World of Opportunity; SEC charges binary options shop with fraud; Moscow Exchange set to offer quarterly options on U.S. stock index futures; and the Options Institute’s Kevin Davitt talks about implied volatility in the “Term of the Week.”

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NatWest Chairman Says London Office Life Will Never Return

NatWest Chairman Says London Office Life Will Never Return

First Read $51,906/$300,000 (17.3%) ++++ Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Today is the JLN MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Virtual Event, starting at 1:30 p.m. CT. Registration will end at 11 a.m. CT. I would encourage any of you readers who...

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FTX

The cryptocurrency derivatives platform FTX raised $900 million, one of the largest rounds of financing for a digital assets start-up, from more than 60 investors, valuing the business at $18bn.    

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The Spread – July 9, 2021

The Spread – July 9, 2021

Chicago, a data destination; SEC, Robinhood and payment for order flow; John Lothian weighs in with his take; Retail trading continues to percolate; and Cboe’s Kevin Davitt explains the differences between equity and index options in the “Term of the Week.”

Names for Consideration as Chair of the CFTC

Names for Consideration as Chair of the CFTC

I have written a letter to the President of the United States about the need for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to have a permanent chair named and confirmed. I have suggested that Rostin Behnam, the current acting chairman of the CFTC, should become the permanent chair of the Commission.

Dear Mr. President: The CFTC Needs A Permanent Chairman, Not An Acting One

Dear Mr. President: The CFTC Needs A Permanent Chairman, Not An Acting One

Because of the importance of cotton to our nation’s beginnings and all the other commodities it residually drove the production of, the U.S. commodity and related derivatives markets are among the most important in the world. I am writing to you today to urge you to appoint a permanent chairperson of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

The Spread – July 2, 2021

The Spread – July 2, 2021

Finra socks Robinhood with its biggest-ever fine; Cboe acquires Chi-X Asia Pacific; OCC reports another volume gain; NIO takes its cue from options; John Lothian weighs in with his take; Looking for volatility; and Jermal Chandler explains hedging in the options “Term of the Week.”

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NatWest Chairman Says London Office Life Will Never Return

NatWest Chairman Says London Office Life Will Never Return

First Read $51,906/$300,000 (17.3%) ++++ Hits & Takes John Lothian & JLN Staff Today is the JLN MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Virtual Event, starting at 1:30 p.m. CT. Registration will end at 11 a.m. CT. I would encourage any of you readers who...

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The Spread – June 18, 2021

The Spread – June 18, 2021

Inflation really is a thing; Small traders are still big; John Lothian weighs in on the current trading landscape; and Nasdaq wins the May options market share race. All in this and the debut of the options “Term of the Week” in The Spread.

Walt Lukken and Nick Solinger Explain FIA Tech Investor Deal

Walt Lukken and Nick Solinger Explain FIA Tech Investor Deal

FIA Tech announced yesterday a deal to take on 10 global banks as investors in the company in order to grow the for-profit FIA-affiliated firm. John Lothian interviewed FIA Chairman and CEO Walt Lukken and FIA Tech President and CEO Nick Solinger over Zoom about the deal. 

Meet El Salvador, Newest Bitcoin Paradise

Meet El Salvador, Newest Bitcoin Paradise

On Saturday, June 5, President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador announced that he would ask his country’s legislature to declare bitcoin “legal tender” in the country. This statement was part of a pre-recorded presentation to Miami, Florida’s Bitcoin 2021 conference.  

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.

Owain Johnson: World-Class Listener,  Citizen, Author and Researcher, Sees Acceleration of Economic Change

Owain Johnson: World-Class Listener, Citizen, Author and Researcher, Sees Acceleration of Economic Change

Things are happening so fast amidst an acceleration of economic change that the old order of product adoption by various categories of industry players is being upended, Owain Johnson told John Lothian News in a recent interview.

That speed of change is exciting to Johnson, the London-based global head of research for the CME Group. New asset classes are joining the six traditional asset classes of the CME’s traded products, he said. He mentioned digital assets as a new asset class, as well as environmental products. The CME’s new CVOL products are also exciting. The CME’s six traditional asset classes are agriculture, metals, energy, interest rates, equities and foreign exchange.

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 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. 

It Is No Gamestop, But It Is Something

It Is No Gamestop, But It Is Something

After what seems like forever, PanXchange’s Benchmarks & Analysis finally reports an uptick in May prices for CBD biomass as well as a wide variety of refined products. Non-CBD hemp prices are also flashing green now. 

Donald MacKenzie Takes a Long Look at High-Frequency Trading and its History

Donald MacKenzie Takes a Long Look at High-Frequency Trading and its History

Donald MacKenzie, a professor of sociology at University of Edinburgh, became fascinated with high-frequency trading 10 years ago, specifically about the alpha involved in speed. John Lothian News interviewed Professor Donald MacKenzie over Zoom about his new book “Trading at the Speed of Light; How Ultrafast Algorithms are Transforming Financial Markets,” published by Princeton University Press.

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.

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