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Another Old-Style Quant Jock Embraces ETF-Style Passive Investing

Former LTCM Guru Gives Up the Ghost; Converts From Convergence Trading to Passive Investing Armed with ETFs Proving that old traders never die, they simply re-invent themselves, yet another highly-seasoned hedge fund guru whose pedigree extends back to Salomon Brothers and thereafter, senior partner at the now infamous hedge fund Long Term Capital (LTCM) has […] Read More

13 November, 2017
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SEC Aims to Rein In and Reign Over Initial…

Initial Coin Offerings [Finally] Get SEC Attention; The Duck Test 3.0. For those who believe the US SEC is slow to react when reining in and/or reigning over new-fangled investment products, the evidence indicates you are accurate. After all, recent history regarding sub-prime debt sold to unwary investors, Madoff-style investment management scams, payment-for-order schemes advanced […] Read More

11 November, 2017
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CME Group Says: Bitcoin Future Depends On…Bitcoin Futures Exchange

CME Aims to Legitimize Bitcoin Marketplace via..What Else? A Bitcoin Futures Mart!! Any and every credible financial market veteran will argue that any credible financial instrument can only be credible when there is a legitimate marketplace in which buyers and sellers can express their view as to the value of that instrument. Bitcoin enthusiasts have […] Read More

1 November, 2017
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Weinstein Saga Snags Company’s Co-CEO Glasser

(Courtesy of BrokerDealer.com) Whilst most of the news media coverage of the travails of Harvey Weinstein have been dedicated to sordid details and otherwise extoling the newly-appointed (or interim) corporate chiefs, it leads one to wonder whether investigative journalism is losing cache…But, lo and behold, one Hollywood news journalist has peeled back the onion to […] Read More

16 October, 2017
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Investor Solicitation 3.0 – Start-Ups Squared Away w Investor…

You’re an emerging fund manager, an entrepreneur vying to create a real estate development platform or you’re a fintech guru aiming to alter the current payment processing landscape with Ethereum that didn’t get the memo titled  “If you don’t have properly-pared Investor Offering Documents that comply with securities regulator regimes, you’re not likely to pass […] Read More

23 September, 2017
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Canada Stock Exchanges Weigh Walk-Back re Cannabis Share Listings

Canada stock exchange regulators appear to be suffering from a pot-hangover, as exchange execs and regulators re-visit criteria for cannabis share listings. Its a high-flying industry for sure; 69 publicly-traded cannabis companies with aggregate market cap of USD $6.4bil have their shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the smaller TSX Venture Exchange and the […] Read More

14 September, 2017
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What’s Next? A GOP-Friendly ETF That Tracks Corporate Friends…

GOP-friendly ETF Set to List on BATS BZX; Exchange-Traded Fund with ticker MAGA Will Buy Companies Supportive of Republican Party Agenda We can’t make this sh*t up..Just when MarketsMuse curators thought we’d seen and heard it all when it comes to new-fangled ETF products, along comes an exchange-traded fund construct that has managed to surprise […] Read More

5 September, 2017
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Nasdaq Bets on Blank-Check Co. IPOs To Boost Listings;…

Competition for listings is a contact sport in the world of major stock exchanges as evidenced by the assortment of US bourses vying to increase market share in exchange-traded fund (ETFs), which represent nearly 2000 securities or more than half of all equities listed on major US stock exchanges.  While the NYSE has long been […] Read More

5 September, 2017
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You Know The Equities Markets Will Move Lower When…

If you’ve been a professional trader for ‘more than 15 minutes’ (i.e. years, if not decades), you know the equities markets will move lower when (a) complacency prevails, a sense of calm is seemingly endless and equity market indices quietly creep higher and higher or (b), business news front page stories profile ‘amateur day traders’ […] Read More

29 August, 2017
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Fortune CEOs Take Unequivocal Stand; This BD Bids On

Taking a Unequivocal Stand is Easier for Fortune CEOs than for POTUS–so it seems. Fortune 500 CEOs who have taken exception to erratic and equivocal statements made by the current sitting president of the United States have been systematically subjected to ‘assault by Twitter’ by the country’s CEO-in-Chief. In turn, their company’s share prices have […] Read More

16 August, 2017
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Put this Cannabis Fund in Your ETF Pipe

Cannabis cures all kinds of ailments (so they say..), but whether the plant-based elixir is framed as ‘medical marijuana’ or “recreational marijuana”, investing in a nascent stage, a fast growing enterprise, or even a cannabis fund that capitalizes on pot companies can be problematic, particularly via US exchanges. So, to borrow a phrase from Horace […] Read More

7 August, 2017
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CFTC Approves LedgerX Exchange to Facilitate Bitcoin Options Trading

What’s Next for Option Markets? A CFTC regulated platform for bitcoin options; NY-based firm gets approval to trade puts and calls on cryptocurrency. For bitcoin aficionados, the road to legitimacy has been pockmarked with obstacles and detractors, including those who have insisted that bitcoins are the currency of money launders, drug dealers and illegal arms […] Read More

25 July, 2017
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Yale University Wonks Blast Exchanges’ Payment-For-Order-Flow Schemes

In a July 18 NYT op-ed piece “Wall Street Profits by Putting Investors in the Slow Lane” submitted by Jonathan Macey, a professor at Yale Law School and David Swensen, the chief investment officer of Yale University, the spirit debate topic of payment-for-order-flow schemes, aka rebates paid by the various stock exchanges to retail brokers that route orders […] Read More

18 July, 2017
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Box Options Exchange Wants To Turn Clock Back to…

Electronic Exchange Box Options Exchange LLC plan to re-introduce open-outcry trading for options met with derision by competitors.. The first thought that came to this writer’s mind when reading the WSJ headline in today’s front page “Proposal to Launch Options Trading Floor Stirs Outcry” which profiles a contentious effort on the part of Chicago’s Box […] Read More

10 July, 2017
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What’s Next? Trump WH Aims to Make Cuba Pay…

Trump’s treasury team says Cuba’s Vicana Sugar Company assets, including 60,000 acres of land and 48 miles of railroad belong to US investors. Ole to Compania Azucarera Vicana! Courtesy of a Trump White House that has more leaks than a rusty old pipe, sources “not authorized to speak on the record” have said that members […] Read More

25 May, 2017
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One More Corporate Bond Electronic Trading Platform; Still None…

Well Matilda, as if the universe of corporate bond electronic trading platforms isn’t crowded enough, despite clear signs of consolidation taking place for this still nascent stage industry (e.g. upstart Trumid’s recent acquisition of infant-stage Electronifie) , one more corporate bond e-trading platform has its cr0ss-hairs on the US market. The latest entrant is UK-based […] Read More

5 May, 2017
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Trump, Mnuchin, Russia & Estonia Share Common Bond: 1927…

MarketsMuse Exclusive: The Trump-Russia-Estonia Government Bond connection, first disclosed three weeks ago by a MarketsMuse investigative report that linked US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to a cache of rare, $1000 USD denominated 1927 Estonian Govt bond certificates, has a new layer of intrigue. According to Trump White House sources, last week Estonian Finance Minister Sven Sester […] Read More

22 April, 2017
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Buy-Side Managers Say: Hooray for High-Touch

High-Touch or High-Tech? That is The Question.. Virtually any industry professional will acknowledge the now two-decade evolution of financial markets whereby the electronification of equity, options, currency and even fixed income markets has been the primary catapult for business models wrapped in high-tech trading services, trading software applications and niche offerings advanced by trade execution providers […] Read More

19 April, 2017