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Putting on My Broker Hat About Bitcoin

Putting on My Broker Hat About Bitcoin

Everyone is asking about bitcoin. A journalist called and asked to interview me. A magazine called and asked me to write something. A brokerage firm chief risk manager called to ask me my opinion about bitcoin and bitcoin futures. Two weeks...

Other Voices: An Open Letter on Bitcoin Futures

Other Voices: An Open Letter on Bitcoin Futures

A lot of ink has been spilled over bitcoin and its variants. Lately, the conversation seems to be focused on whether trading bitcoin futures is a good idea. For what it's worth, my view is that it isn’t a good idea – it’s a great...

Impact: Navigating Regulation and What Comes Next, Part 3

At FIA Expo 2016, JLN spoke with a variety of participants in today’s markets about the ongoing effects of regulation and what those mean for the future of their businesses.   In Part 3 of our three-part series, Matt Rees, chief relationship officer at R.J. O'Brien;...

How Now and What’s Next for Retail Forex?

As the self-proclaimed regulatory expert at John Lothian & Co., with my first three years here spent building our regulatory database MarketsReformWiki, I am generally the go-to person on stories involving rule changes. But when I was asked about the June 1 letter...

One Step Ahead: Can Silicon Valley Help, Compliance?

If you are chief compliance officer at a firm - brokerage or fund - what if you could tell if the customer or one of your traders was about to do something bad, wrong or illegal? The operative words are "about to."Chicago-based start-up Neurensic says its can do this...

John Lothian Newsletter: Ranks of commodities brokers dwindle as U.S. futures industry evolves; Wall Street’s Leap Second Concern Saw Minor Hiccups, But No Chaos; Euro’s Salvation Lies in Its Political Appeal

First Read Intercontinental Exchange Announces ICE Data Services Appointments; Lynn Martin Named President and COO, David Goone Named Chairman MarketWatch Intercontinental Exchange,the leading global network of exchanges and clearing houses, announced two appointments...

Pipelines: Nick Solinger Talks Market Infrastructure for SEFs

It's been a historic year for swap execution facilities as more were launched in the wake of Dodd-Frank rulemaking by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Nick Solinger, head of product strategy and chief marketing officer of Traiana, said that its been a good...

Extreme Makeover: Gary DeWaal Says FCM Landscape has to Change

The futures commission merchant (FCM) space is likely to change dramatically in the coming years. How is the question. John Lothian News sat down with Gary DeWaal, of Gary Dewaal Associates, for his views on the shape of the brokerage industry in the coming years....

Daily Reports: Tell Us Where The Money Is

In the months and days since MF Global’s collapse and the Peregrine Financial Group’s fraud, some have argued simply for more transparency from futures commission merchants (FCMs).  Scott Gordon, chairman and CEO of Rosenthal Collins Group, said his firm publicly...

Ratings: How Does Your Broker Rate?

If you knew the financial health of your futures broker, would that help you decide which firm to work with? James Gellert, President and CEO of Rapid Ratings, says futures broker ratings could make for more informed retail and professional investors. Gellert explains...

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