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Now Even the Fed’s Worried That Stock Volatility Is Too Low; Growth in U.S. Listed Options Volumes Hinges on Sustained Market Volatility in 2017; Only ‘Blind Faith’ Could Cause Me to Be Long This Market Standard

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian William “Bill” Hagerty, Jr., former chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade and one of the industry’s great gentlemen, has passed away at the age of 87. Bill was the head of what was once the longest tenured member firm of the CBOT, Hagerty Grain, and was a customer of mine when I was a broker. From that relationship I had the opportunity to get to know Bill and came to respect him greatly. When I ran for the NFA Board of Directors back in the early 2000s as an…

Credit Suisse Probe Opens Old Wounds; Trump Wants a Pro-Business SEC. That Has Some Investors Worried; Goldman warns Federal Reserve over commodity trading rules fallout Standard

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian William “Bill” Hagerty, Jr., former Chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade and one of the industry’s great gentlemen, has passed away at the age of 87. Bill was the head of what was once the longest tenured member firm of the CBOT, Hagerty Grain, and was a customer of mine when I was a broker. From that relationship I had the opportunity to get to know Bill and came to respect him greatly. When I ran for the NFA Board of Directors back in the early 2000s as an Introducing…

Euro Hedging Costs Surge as Traders Respond to Political Risk; Understanding the Trump Rally; Taxes more than gains? Yes, if you don’t exit your options in time Standard

Observations & Insight Take Our Survey – Again By Jim Kharouf, JLN Editor-in-Chief & CEO Sometimes these things happen. The link we provided yesterday only allowed one person to take the survey. We know there are more than one of you willing and able to take it. Here’s the link. Please take a few minutes to help us out about what you like and what you don’t like about our publications and websites. The questions are supposed to be fun, funny and for us, enlightening. It’s also a great place to leave us comments and suggestions for future content and…

FXCM Inc to Be Renamed ‘Global Brokerage Inc’ Following US Upheaval; Fannie, Freddie shares dive after U.S. appeals court ruling; LSE and D Börse set to offer more concessions to secure merger Standard

First Read Take Our Survey – Again By Jim Kharouf, JLN Editor-in-Chief & CEO Sometimes these things happen. The link we provided yesterday only allowed one person to take the survey. We know there are more than one of you willing and able to take it. Here’s the link. Please take a few minutes to help us out about what you like and what you don’t like about our publications and websites. The questions are supposed to be fun, funny and for us, enlightening. It’s also a great place to leave us comments and suggestions for future content and services….

Bets for Higher U.S. Yields Wane as Options Show Trump Fatigue; Traders target ETFs and weekly options for growth; A new breed takes over the trading floor Standard

Observations & Insight Take Our Survey: Yeah, really By Jim Kharouf, JLN Editor-in-Chief & CEO If you’re like me, you’re about to roll your eyes but hang in there. We need your help on our annual survey. If you’re still reading, it’s really import. This 3-minute survey helps us learn a bit more about our readers as well as what you like and what you don’t like about our publications and websites. It’s also a great place to leave us comments and suggestions for future content and services. We’ve tried to sweeten the deal this year by offering a chance…

Robot Traders Jolt Life Into Slow-Speed European Stock Venue; Irishman targets more disruption in ‘trading war’ with Wall Street; Europe Needs a Higher Price on Carbon Standard

First Read Take Our Survey: Yeah, really By Jim Kharouf, JLN Editor-in-Chief & CEO If you’re like me, you’re about to roll your eyes but hang in there. We need your help on our annual survey. If you’re still reading, it’s really import. This 3-minute survey helps us learn a bit more about our readers as well as what you like and what you don’t like about our publications and websites. It’s also a great place to leave us comments and suggestions for future content and services. We’ve tried to sweeten the deal this year by offering a chance to…

CBOE Holdings’ Acquisition of Bats Global Markets Expected to Close February 28; Where Should The VIX Really Be?; Catalyst Capital Says Don’t Blame Us for Stock Market Swings Standard

Observations & Insight Odds & Ends Jim Kharouf, JLN A busy day around Chicago yesterday. FIA held its Washington update lunch, where FIA President and CEO Walt Lukken told the audience that the pendulum on regulation is shifting back. He is hopeful that the new administration will adopt its recommendations for: smart regulation, open access to global markets and a focus on innovation from regulators. How this all comes about is still to be determined. We will have more from Walt soon on all three topics. Later in the day, I checked out the new trading platform from tastytrade at…

Investors Look Past Headlines as Bull Market Roars Ahead; Wall Street’s Trading Revival Risks Relapse as Volatility Ebbs; Why the VIX Has Been Acting So Weird Standard

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian We have added Johan Toll of Nasdaq to our March 1 Stockholm MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity event. He will speak about blockchain. Unfortunately, Patrick Thornton-Smith of Duco had a conflict come up and will not be able to present. We hope to get PTS in the fall in London. John Damgard has agreed to speak at our July 21 event in Chicago. We are beginning work on lining up speakers for this summer’s series. Chicago is scheduled for July 17, 19 and 21. New York is set for July…

U.S. investors brace for mounting political risks as they decode Trump; Volatility Traders Shed VIX Positions as Markets Are Eerily Calm; The Volatility Limbo Standard

Lead Stories U.S. investors brace for mounting political risks as they decode Trump David Randall and Jennifer Ablan – Reuters Barry James built up his $4 billion mutual fund largely by studying balance sheets, earnings and market share. In the last few weeks, however, he has realized that he must look at a new force in the market: U.S. President Donald Trump. /goo.gl/iGS2KU ****SD: Out of everybody, I bet Nick Cage and Tom Hanks could figure out how to decipher the code of Trump. Volatility Traders Shed VIX Positions as Markets Are Eerily Calm Carolina Wilson – Bloomberg Assets in…