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Tomorrow is our last edition of the John Lothian Newsletter for 2020. We shall return on January 4, the same day everyone’s out of office notice seems to be set for. This year will not be forgotten soon.

Everyday we publish the MarketsWiki stats of the day. Our wiki site, which will hit 200 million pageviews in February most likely, ended 2019 at 170,389,321 pages viewed, 24,004 pages and 222,864 edits. Today the site stands at 196,048,856 pages viewed, 24,851 pages and 227,824 edits.

We will end the year with over 26 million pageviews, having added over 800 pages and made 5000 edits to the site during 2020. Thank you to the JLN team for their hard work during 2020 on and

Charles Li said goodbye to friends, customers and colleagues in the latest Charles Li Direct post on the website. After 11 years, he is moving on to the next chapter of his life and leaving the exchange group he helped build into a global player.

Here is a podcast featuring Crain’s Chicago Business reporter Steve Daniels talking about the big stories in banking, insurance and utilities in 2020 and telling us what he’ll be watching closely in 2021. Daniels recently replaced Lynne Marek on the Chicago financial markets beat.

We have two new donations to the JLN MarketsWiki Education GoFundMe campaign. The first is by David Johnson, retired Morgan Stanely executive and trustee for The Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation. He is an industry leader and a great example of the type of civic leader the financial district of Chicago has produced over the decades. The second was by Dan Pritchard, an veteran industry sales and business development professional who has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry. Thank you to Dave and to Dan and all who have given and all who have yet to give. Support our efforts to preserve industry history by giving to our GoFundMe campaign.

Have a great day and stay safe and treat people the same way you want to be treated: with respect, equality and justice.~JJL


Collin Canright at Canright Communications has shared his best-of list with us: 5 Most-Read FinTech Rising Articles of 2020. It makes for interesting reading. Top topics include blockchain, payments trailblazers and building standards into the crypto marketplace. ~SC


First Read

Nursing Home Patients Are Dying of Loneliness; As the vaccine rolls out in nursing homes, more visits should be allowed.
The Editorial Board – NY Times
When she had the routine of home, Angie Sinopoli was the talkative matriarch of a large Italian family who heaped praise on her children and grandchildren, even as her memory faded. Her youngest son, Steven, came by her house and cooked her dinner nearly every night. But after a couple of falls and bouts in rehabilitation centers, she ended up in a Syracuse nursing home on March 10. Two days later, it stopped all visits to protect residents from the coronavirus. Mrs. Sinopoli hasn’t seen family in more than nine months. Her vocabulary has dwindled to about 20 words.

*****Safety first, but elder care has many dimensions.~SC


Notice of Annual Meeting of NFA Members and Board and Nominating Committee Election
Notice of Annual Meeting
NFA will hold its Annual Meeting of Members on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time, via video conferencing.

*****Here is your chance to be at the NFA annual meeting from the comfort of your own computer.~JJL


Goodbye, friends!
Time flies, and 2020 is nearly over. I am about to leave HKEX, where I have worked for 11 years, and turn to the next chapter in my life. My heart is full of gratitude and thanksgiving as I look back. Although the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage around the world, I am fortunate that my family and I, and my colleagues, have been blessed with safety and health this year. While the global political and economic environment has been difficult, HKEX and Hong Kong’s financial markets have shown resilience and strength throughout the last year. This demonstrates Hong Kong’s competitiveness as an international financial centre, and its continuing relevance on the world stage. And, of course, the long-awaited arrival of Covid vaccines will soon get us all, we hope, out of the haze.

*****Goodbye Charles.~JJL


Stephen King Is Sorry You Feel Like You’re Stuck In A Stephen King Novel
Terry Gross – NPR
The horror writer says he understands why fans have said the pandemic feels like living inside one of his novels. In April 2020, King told Fresh Air that COVID-19 filled him with a “gnawing anxiety.”

*****One reason why it has been such a busy year for therapists and other mental-health professionals.~SC


Apple, Oura Devices Can Help Detect Covid-19 Early, Studies Show
Tom Giles – Bloomberg
Hi all. It’s Tom. Early this year, as the coronavirus began its rapid, deadly advance around the globe, groups of scientists in the U.S. and Europe embarked on a quest to determine whether wearable technology—devices like smartwatches, activity trackers and sensor-laden rings—could aid in detection of the illness. Those efforts, which Kristen V Brown and I covered here, are beginning to bear fruit.

*****By monitoring your temperature, your Apple watch may be able to detect COVID-19.~JJL


Tuesday’s Top Three
The top-viewed entry in the newsletter on Tuesday was the photo of John Lothian with Ryan McNally at a Globex anniversary dinner. The second most-viewed was a Bloomberg thought piece, Covid Has Transformed the Psychology of Ambition. And No. 3 was the still-popular What Happened to Maria Bartiromo?

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