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DRW to Buy HFTer RGM; Tabb Options LiquidityMatrix; Investors remain bearish on volatility Standard

Observations & Insight Why You Should Bet Your Career on Chicago FinTech – Michael Kraines Education.MarketsWiki.com “Twenty years ago it was about consolidation. It was about exchanges being smashed together and brokerages being smashed together. Now it’s going to be about technology being added to these traditional, old school businesses.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Michael Kraines, chief financial officer and chief commercial officer of Trading Technologies, discusses the growing Chicago fintech landscape and why the field can be a solid career choice. Kraines points out investment in Chicago fintech in the first…

Hedge funds and the gender imbalance; Probe into ‘maker taker’; The next quant meltdown Standard

First Read Hits & Takes NEX Group yesterday led a session of Trading Tech 300, the merit badge workshop program created to help young people connect with the financial industry in Chicago. They took a group of Scouts around the financial district in a Geocaching exercise. Thank you to Tom Scanlan and the NEX crew for their service.~JJL Michael Kraines of Trading Technologies is our video subject today from the Chicago sessions of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity. Brian Quintenz has been sworn in as a commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.~JJL If you like funny infographics, check…

Plummeting Volatility Gauges Mask Lingering Fears in Options; Some Soros Fund holdings may profit if stocks fall – SEC filings; Massachusetts regulator investigates trade order ‘kickbacks’ Standard

Lead Stories Plummeting Volatility Gauges Mask Lingering Fears in Options Luke Kawa – Bloomberg The sharp drop in volatility may hide the extent to which U.S. stock market fears still persist. So says Macro Risk Advisors head of derivatives strategy Pravit Chintawongvanich, who has zeroed in on September VIX call options with a strike price of 20 to show that there are still concerns about a sharp selloff in the near future. jlne.ws/2w6J83j ***JB: Bloomberg chart suggesting something similar. Some Soros Fund holdings may profit if stocks fall: SEC filings Trevor Hunnicut – Reuters Soros Fund Management LLC, whose billionaire…

Tokyo Stock Exchange takes aim at Japan’s corporate ghosts; U.S. Default? Unlikely, But Bond Traders Are Taking No Chances; Deutsche Börse CEO Looks to Cut Deal Standard

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First Read Hits & Takes Our video today from MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Chicago 2017 features NFA President and CEO Tom Sexton.~JJL There is a signup form on the Upcoming Events page of the MarketsWikiEducation.com site for college students to sign up for our MarketsWiki Education Recruiting event on the afternoon of October 16 at the CBOE.~JJL Spencer Doar, Mike Forrester and John Lothian will be in Washington, DC from September 12 to 15 for the Securities Traders Association annual regulatory conference.~JJL Today we have a blog from Jim Falvey about cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology. See it below.~SR…

Tudor and Brevan Howard abandon Mifid; Bitcoin Surges Past $4,000 on Speed Breakthrough; Barclay CTA Index gains 0.64 per cent in July Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Former John Lothian News contributor Carlise Newman, who worked on the John Lothian Newsletter in the pre-MarketsWiki era, passed away late last year. Former Dow Jones reporter Howard Packowitz recently shared this news on Facebook. We were sorry to hear of her passing.~JJL If you haven’t watched Tom Sosnoff’s take on why passive investing is the worst thing to happen to investors, you can catch it in today’s featured video from our MarketsWiki Education event in Chicago this month.~JK FIA Expo will be in Chicago before you know it. October 17 to…

Vela vs. Trading Technologies; Witching days not so scary; OCC to work with SEC Standard

Lead Stories Trading Technologies International sues Vela Trading Technologies over trademark infringement Maria Nikolova – FinanceFeeds Trading Technologies International accuses Vela Trading Technologies of infringement of its registered trademarks, including TRADING TECHNOLOGIES and TT. jlne.ws/2vSNk6B ****SD: The recent acquisitions of OptionsCity and Object Trading by Vela were the tipping point. TT’s general counsel is Mike Ryan. Filing attorneys for TT are from Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson, a widely recognized law firm focused on intellectual property. One of the attorneys on the filing, Paul Borovay, has a random tidbit on his bio page – “Before returning to law school,…

SEC “Abdicated Responsibility” Regarding OCC Capital Plan; tastytrade buys Seed Futures; Gundlach’s Options Bet Standard

Observations & Insight Seed Futures Acquired by tastytrade GlobeNewswire Seed Futures LLC (“Seed Futures”) today announced that its business has been acquired by dough, Inc. (d/b/a tastytrade). jlne.ws/2vPldoL ****SD: This is a development worth following. The tastytrade/dough team and their new(ish) brokerage tastyworks continue to disrupt business. Seed Futures is a subsidiary of Seed CX, the SEF started two years ago (SEF designation came in August 2016) to initially trade forwards and options on industrial hemp products. Geared to all “emerging commodities,” as they phrase it, the exchange now has tradeable products like Hass avocados, organic soybeans and Persian limes….

Will Options Trading Bring Institutional Investors to Bitcoin?; Nevermind the VIX – Stock Volatility Is Rising in Subtle Ways; Volatility Gauges Tumble to New Lows Amid Complacency Fears Standard

Observations & Insight Learning to live with low vol Jean Boivin and Ed Fishwick – BlackRock Investment Institute Digging into U.S. equity volatility patterns dating back more than a century, we find low market vol can last for years and tends to overlap with subdued macroeconomic vol. Combined with our view that the U.S. economic cycle has room to turn, we believe this environment helps foster risk-taking. jlne.ws/2vLZiij ****SD: I missed this when it came out at the end of July. Here is a link to the full PDF – the above is a synopsis. From the report: “Running a…

U.S. stock options hedging picks up in the midst of record calm; Bloomberg testing use of image recognition in volatility trading; Why Investors Shouldn’t Trust Low Volatility Standard

Observations & Insight Making Sense of Options Order Flow – Henry Schwartz Education.MarketsWiki.com “There are four primary reasons people use options, and they tend to attract the smartest, the most well capitalized and most informed traders out there. Basically, dumb people lose their money trading options so quickly, they’re not really out there anymore.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, Henry Schwartz, president of Trade Alert LLC, breaks down the four primary reasons people trade options: leverage, defined risk, flexibility and liquidity. Schwartz then delves into a wealth of data to show what…