The Weekend Update: June 24-28, 2019


Bcause’s Next Steps in Bankruptcy

Bcause LLC, the failed cryptocurrency trading platform and mining services provider, was back in court on Friday, June 21, on a motion by WESCO, a secured creditor, to be paid now, before the remaining cash in the enterprise is dissipated. WESCO’s demand for payment precipitated the April 11, 2017, bankruptcy petition. Bcause and seemingly most of its creditors want the company to continue operating its mining services rather than be liquidated. If WESCO prevails, the company’s remaining cash will be drained and it may be forced out of business.


The Spread – Getting Corn-y

As #NoPlant19 continues to garner attention on Twitter, we thought it was appropriate to take a look at the recent crazy weather in the United States and the ensuing corn volatility.

A Look Back at Manipulation in the Metals Markets

If Bart Chilton were alive today, he would be smiling. The CFTC nailed another bank for metals futures market manipulation. 

Signal Generation: Growing the Options Industry’s Footprint

In this video, Matt Amberson, principal of Option Research & Technology Services (ORATS), talks about how getting people to use options data is a good first step on the road to their eventually trading options. 

Can LedgerX Deliver?

On Monday, June 24, the CFTC licensed LedgerX as a futures market and it joined the ranks of the CFTC triply crowned: swap execution facility (SEF), derivatives clearing organization (DCO) and now designated contract market (DCM). CME and ICE also have SEFs tucked into their conglomerates. 

Tech-X Lights Up Former Chicago Trading Floor with Awards to Sandner and Dawani

Illinois Tech’s (IIT) biennial Tech-X awards dinner last night honored a well-known industry pioneer and icon, former CME Chairman Jack Sandner, and a relative newcomer, Hazem Dawani, chief executive officer of Predata, a predictive analytics platform. 

Bcause: “Not There Yet”

The hearing on WESCO’s motion to lift Bcause’s bankruptcy protection and/or to remove the bankruptcy court’s stay on a lower court’s order to pay WESCO continued on Monday, June 24.  

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