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The low vol feedback loop; EU shuts door on electronic access providers; More exchange consolidation? Standard

Observations & Insight Ed Tilly – Staying Ahead of the Technology Curve MarketsWikiEducation.com In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s Intern Recruiting Event event in Chicago, Ed Tilly, chairman and CEO of Cboe Global Markets, discusses how changes in technology force you to adapt to stay ahead of the curve. Tilly breaks down what’s going on in the exchange space and how the Cboe has changed over the years. With the explosion of screen trading and the end of open outcry trading, exchanges have had to roll with the punches and make sure customers are happy. Tilly’s goal is to bring…

Blockchain to massively change commodities; Cboe’s Tilly predicts more consolidation; Chinese oil futures? Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff We are rolling out the first of the videos from the MarketsWiki Education recruiting event held the Monday of EXPO week in Chicago. The first video features Cboe’s Ed Tilly.~JJL Recall the “broker fee wars” earlier in the year? Fidelity, TD, Schwab and a whole bunch of others started slashing commissions and fees, bringing much of the $7 per equity trade shops down to $5 a trade and some of the discount brokers even lower. Then there’s tastyworks’ $1 to open/free to close options trading setup. Well, unicorn-valued trading app Robinhood just…

OCC tech upgrade; Robinhood’s free options trading; 50 Cent’s losses Standard

Lead Stories Tech Upgrade Commands CFO’s Focus; Amy Shelly of Options Clearing Corp. faces several challenges in replacing the organization’s outdated platform. David McCann – CFO Magazine The privately held financial-market utility that settles and clears transactions for all 15 U.S. option exchanges and 3 futures exchanges has a problem: Its technology is woefully outdated. /goo.gl/Kq1s6Y ****SD: Lots for OCC to consider: Roll it out piecemeal or all at once? Finance the project how? Buy or build? For more, see JLN’s piece earlier this year – Cloudy with clearing: What the next clearing house looks like ***SR: Amy Shelly is…

America’s economic selling points at risk; Investors’ fossil-fuel cut commitments; Bitcoin futures broking Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The CFTC’s Technology Advisory Committee will meet in Washington, DC on January 23, 2017. As a TAC member, I will be in attendance.~JJL Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 12, 2017~JJL Interest in volatility products is not limited to the Cboe – Eurex will end 2017 with record trading volumes in its VSTOXX futures and options.  Options ADV has roughly doubled and daily futures trading is up some 37 percent.~SD The @JohnLothian twitter account yesterday tweeted 139 times and had 50,707 original impressions.~JJL CME Group has already raised…

Volatility Is Low But Ambiguity Is Sky High; Clearing forex options; War on Dutch prop shops Standard

Observations & Insight (Click for larger image) Lead Stories Volatility Is Low But Ambiguity Is Sky High Ben Eisen – WSJ Two academics are rolling out a new measure of market fear that suggests investors aren’t nearly as complacent as they seem. The gauge of so-called ambiguity, meant to chronicle the degree of uncertainty investors have in the probabilities they use to make decisions, has been at all-time highs in recent months, indicating that there’s more fear built into the stock market than common measures of volatility suggest. The Cboe Volatility Index, a popular metric for tracking fear in the…

US financial regulators warn investors on bitcoin risks; Asian buyers spur bitcoin rise Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff A new survey from DTCC shows geopolitical risk as a top 5 concern of 69 percent of those surveyed – an all-time high. Plenty of other fun stats and infographics in there to digest.~SD Deutsche Boerse turned 25 years old. I believe I was once told that the average age of the people who started it was 28. ~JJL Have you seen the Chicago Blockchain Project?~JJL Yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter covered the lack of FX volatility, the potential for bitcoin options and the short vol trade.~SD The NFA staff coordinated the donation…

Bitcoin Options Would Tame This Beast; High Hopes for Low Vol; Death of FX Volatility Standard

Observations & Insight The Spread – Week of 12/4 – 12/8 JohnLothianNews.com A JLN debut! The Spread is a brief weekly recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. (It won’t always be this crypto heavy – we swear.) The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode of The Spread: WSJ – What Could Stir Up the VIX? Higher Inflation Bloomberg – Pound’s Acid Test on Brexit Is Yet to Come for Options Traders Highly Evolved Vol Blog – The Crowded Short Vol Trade JLN – Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Bloomberg…

Bitcoin futures start trading; IEX and LTSE team up; Another Deutsche Boerse leadership change? Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff If you, too, want to help crash the Cboe website, or check out its bitcoin futures prices, you can click HERE.~JJL As of 7:20 AM Chicago time, 2918 contracts of Cboe bitcoin had traded.~JJL Breaking news: A pipe bomb exploded at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. One person is reportedly in custody and he apparently was the only one injured.~JK Congratulations to the CME Group, which raised $186,000 for its Movember Foundation campaign, including its $125,000 corporate donation, to shine the spotlight on men’s health in the areas of…

The Spread: Week of 12/4 – 12/8 Standard

A JLN debut! The Spread is a brief weekly recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. (It won’t always be this crypto heavy – we swear.) The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode of The Spread: WSJ – What Could Stir Up the VIX? Higher Inflation Bloomberg – Pound’s Acid Test on Brexit Is Yet to Come for Options Traders Highly Evolved Vol Blog – The Crowded Short Vol Trade JLN – Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Bloomberg – Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill to Avoid Dec. 9 Shutdown