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Bergstrom is chief information officer of John J. Lothian & Co. He edits MarketsWiki and JLN Options.

JLN Financials: G-20 Pushes Growth as Stimulus Withdrawal Backed, Draft Says; A Chronicle of Uncertainty, Then Bold Action, in 2008 Fed Transcripts; Japan Record Trade Gap Shows Risk of Abenomics Losing Steam Standard

First Impressions Alternative Lifestyle: What’s up for alternative investments in ‘14? By Jim Kharouf, JLN A new report reflecting the views of institutional investors in private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate and infrastructure says that their impression of alternative investments is “particularly positive” over the next 12 months. The report, Preqin Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets H1 2014, said that investors across all asset classes are planning to put the same or more capital into alternative assets. That’s good news for private equity and hedge funds, which are looking to raise more investment capital. Read More >>> http://jlne.ws/1god9cw Quote of…

JLN Options: VIX Swings Widen Versus S&P 500; Options Traders Poised for Big Move in Tesla Standard

Lead Stories VIX Swings Widen Versus S&P 500 Nikolaj Gammeltoft and Whitney Kisling – BloombergThe Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) is posting bigger swings relative to the stocks it’s derived from, amplifying the sense of panic when equities lurch like they did three weeks ago.http://jlne.ws/1hyAEom Options Traders Poised for Big Move in Tesla Kaitlyn Kiernan – The Wall Street JournalThe options market is pricing in a big move for Tesla Motors Inc. following the company’s earnings report after the close.Tesla shares Wednesday slipped ahead of the earnings report, but remained about 30% higher for the year, just off…

JLN Financials: G20 final document to address U.S. policy impact on emerging markets; Global Bond Frenzy Raises Concerns; Japan’s Penny-Pinching Beer Drinkers Show Challenge to Abenomics Standard

First Impressions Old School/New School: Mark de Souza says County Cork blends experience with technology JohnLothianNews.com The managed futures space is always producing new managers with new takes on the market. County Cork LLC, a managed futures firm, is looking to bring experience to its clients with traders in the agriculture and equity markets who’ve seen it all. John Lothian News sat down with Mark de Souza, president of County Cork to talk about what sets the firm apart from other funds at the Emerging Manager Forum in Miami in December. “The uniqueness of what County Cork has brought to…

JLN Options: Forest Labs $2.55 Million Options Trade Doubles Money; Equity Volatility Wagers Jump to High Versus Gold, Oil; SPY And Fed Minutes: Loading Up For Volatility Standard

Lead Stories Forest Labs $2.55 Million Options Trade Doubles Money Cecile Vannucci – BloombergA block of 5,000 options betting on a 28 percent jump in Forest Laboratories Inc. (FRX)’s shares that cost $2.55 million to buy last week more than doubled in value to $6 million today after Actavis Plc agreed to buy the drugmaker. http://jlne.ws/1c3bAhH Equity Volatility Wagers Jump to High Versus Gold, Oil Alexis Xydias – BloombergU.S. equity option costs climbed to the highest levels in almost a year relative to Treasuries, oil and gold, pushed up by traders betting stocks are more vulnerable to Federal Reserve tapering…

JLN Financials: Too Early To Call Abenomics a Failure; China Bulked Up on Longer-Term Treasurys in 2013; Pimco’s Bill Gross Praises Firm’s ‘Broader Bench’ Standard

First Impressions Today’s newsletter features a call for patience on Abenonics, a 5-year look back on the 2009 Financial Stability Plan, a court case that may be a precursor to an Argentinian default, plus our usual daily roundup of central bank, FX, index and metals news. We begin, though, with a sendoff of one of our colleagues, Ryan Lothian, who it taking his digital media expertise to the Cook County Forest Preserve. A Journey to Excellence John J. Lothian – John Lothian News Ryan Lothian is leaving John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. and John Lothian News. After five years…

JLN Options: George Soros Doubles Down on Bearish Bet; Options cutting costs for some cross-currency swaps; Don’t Get Blindsided by the Next Volatility Outburst Standard

Observations and Insights Decisive Role: China making major moves on its economyJim Kharouf – John Lothian News China always is on the financial market radar. It is also on the radar screen of economist David Hale, chairman of David Hale Global Economics, who just finished a report on China called “China’s New Dream.” (It can be found here in a PDF.)What is notable to Hale is that the plenary session of the Communist Party Central Committee in November 2013 announced major reforms to help boost China’s economy over the next decade. That means that market forces, and market structures, will…

JLN Financials: China’s PBOC Uses Repos for First Time in 8 Months; Emerging Markets at Risk From Carry Trade Unwinding, BofA Says; Question Marks Over Abenomics Standard

First Impressions Decisive Role: China making major moves on its economy Jim Kharouf, JLN China always is on the financial market radar. It is also on the radar screen of economist David Hale, chairman of David Hale Global Economics, who just finished a report on China called “China’s New Dream.” (It can be found here in a PDF.) What is notable to Hale is that the plenary session of the Communist Party Central Committee in November 2013 announced major reforms to help boost China’s economy over the next decade. That means that market forces, and market structures, will now play…

JLN Options: Volatility Spurs Volume Boon in U.S. Stocks With Trading Up 11%; Nasdaq hits 13.5-year high, stocks set for biggest weekly gain of 2014; VIX Has Stopped Falling Standard

Observation and Insights Editor’s Note: JLN Options would like to thank Trade Alert’s president Henry Schwartz for being our guest editor this week.  His stories and comments were insightful and interesting.  Wish we could have him do this more often but then we’d probably have to pay him. Looking ForwardHenry Schwartz – President, Trade Alert Earlier this week we looked at some of the major developments that shaped the US listed options industry over the years, and now I’d like to look forward at what trends are taking place and what we may see in years to come. It goes…

Looking Forward Standard

Henry Schwartz – President, Trade Alert Earlier this week we looked at some of the major developments that shaped the US listed options industry over the years, and now I’d like to look forward at what trends are taking place and what we may see in years to come.   It goes without saying that exchange and participant technology will continue to evolve, increasing transaction speed and removing what little friction remains in the trading process.  While many gripe about the expense involved in handling peak OPRA data rates over 15 million messages per second, no one is complaining about…