The Weekend Update: September 30 – October 4, 2019


Documents unsealed in CFTC v Kraft

On Wednesday, October 2, the Chicago federal district court unsealed 500 hundred pages of documents in the contempt of court dispute between the CFTC and Kraft Foods and Mondelez, as ordered by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The CFTC had filed on September 13 its motion to prevent the district court from questioning CFTC officials and, if questioning is ever to be allowed, that it be conducted by a different district court judge. The CFTC has scored a victory by so far avoiding the evidentiary hearing scheduled for October 2. 



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Mike Fishbain – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Mike Fishbain is a former open outcry trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Today he is part of the customer support team at Trading Technologies, a leading provider of trading screen technology to the futures and options markets. He sat for an interview with John Lothian News as part of the MarketsWiki Education Open Outcry Traders History Project.

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Anchorage running Libra test nodes and other highlights from the Digital Asset Summit

After the close of the first day of the Voice of Blockchain conference in Chicago on Monday, dozens gathered on the tenth floor of the venue for a Digital Asset Summit hosted by FinTank, a fintech development hub based in Chicago, as well as Fidelity Digital Assets, Galaxy Digital, and Token Daily. It was a closed event unaffiliated with the Voice of Blockchain conference, though many attendees from VoB were there.

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Statement on Justice for Jitesh Thakkar

There is a cloud hanging over the CFTC’s Technology Advisory Committee that does not involve Bitcoin. That cloud has darkened recently. The cloud is the civil case against Jitesh Thakkar, a one-time contributor to the TAC’s high frequency trading subcommittee.

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Tom Gould – Open Outcry Traders History Project

Tom Gould is a former option trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He went on to a brokerage and compliance career. He tells his story about his days trading on the floor of the CBOE to John Lothian News as part of the MarketsWiki Education Open Outcry Traders History Project.

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David Silverman: Is Greed Good?

At MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, David Silverman, the CEO of Alpha Trading, talks about the natural tendency toward greed in the markets and the struggle against it. Is greed good, as Gordon Gekko opined in the movie “Wall Street,” or is it more likely to lead to the fate of the gluttonous Mr. Creosote in Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life”?

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The Spread: Quadruple witching causes VIX hiccup; Bakkt vs. CME

In this week’s episode of The Spread, VIX hiccups after quadruple witching day, drone strikes and impeachment announcement, Bakkt and CME duke it out in bitcoin, and MIAX announces SPIKES futures on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange.

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