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JLN Financials: The eurozone crisis is back on the boil; U.S., UK likely to charge multiple banks in Libor rigging; This crisis has been caused by arrogant central banks Standard

First Impressions JLN Video Style Recently, we rolled out a new video style. Have a look at the first one, featuring John Avery of FIS (formerly SunGard), where he discusses their new derivatives utility. Please drop us a line and let us know what you think. We are constantly striving to deliver the story in the best possible way, and would welcome the input. We extend our thanks to Mr. Avery for his patience during the numerous iterations of the new style. We also would like to thank Allison Yacker, partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. We filmed a video…

JLN Options: Rate Volatilities Catch Up With Equity as Riskoff Takes Hold; SEC Affirmation of OCC Capital Plan Strengthens Clearing Organization’s Resiliency; Oil Volatility Jumps With Record Trading Amid Price Rout: Chart Standard

Lead Stories Rate Volatilities Catch Up With Equity as Riskoff Takes Hold: Analysis Tanvir Sandhu – Bloomberg Volatility in rates options market is finally moving in tandem with equities after staying relatively subdued in the beginning of this year even amid liftoff in VIX, Bloomberg strategist Tanvir Sandhu writes. At the heart of it all is the resurfacing of U.S. recession talk and heightening of global disinflationary concerns as financial markets turbulence rises in face of China slowdown while oil prices slide. bloom.bg/1XnSHP9 SEC Affirmation of OCC Capital Plan Strengthens Clearing Organization’s Resiliency Press Release – OCC OCC, the world’s…

JLN Financials: Markets lose faith – This isn’t 2008, but it isn’t great either; Forget the Great Recession—Welcome to the Great Repricing; After Deutsche Bank Standard

First Impressions One Last Chance! The opportunity to complete our 2016 reader survey, and win an Apple Watch, is nearly past. Help us help you by giving us three minutes of your time and sharing your thoughts. Plus, we tried to make it fun and colorful. The survey will at least provide a momentary distraction from tumultuous markets. Click HERE to get started. Quote of the Day “Today America is burning.” Bill Ackman, CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, in his column, “America is burning but Michael Bloomberg can put out the fire” Lead Stories Markets lose faith – This…

JLN Options: Foreign exchange, the world’s biggest market, is shrinking; Gold investors boost bullish options bets; There has been brutal culling of Wall Street traders Standard

Observations & Insight CBOE Releases First Study in Year of the Monkey Fresh off of their January 27 release of “An Analysis of Index Option Writing with Monthly and Weekly Rollover,” the CBOE today released a study written by Depaul University’s Mark Shore, about the performance of options-strategies that use Russell 2000 options. A link to the full study, “Analyzing Russell 2000 Index Options-Based Benchmark Indexes Designed to Provide Enhanced Yields and Risk-Adjusted Returns,” can be found here. Featuring a full 26 exhibits replete with a cornucopia of data and charts based on six indexes (BXR, CLLR, BXRD, PUTR, BXRC…

JLN Financials: Market turmoil – Yellen warns global turbulence and China could hit growth – live; Deutsche Bank’s Assurance Exposes Tip of CoCo Iceberg; US yield curve narrows to 8-year low Standard

First Impressions Gareth Parker, FTSE Russell – The Boring Bit of the Investment Management World, And Why It’s Not MarketsWikiEducation.com “Smart Beta is essentially the indexing of interesting ideas. These index guys are turning expensive good techniques into cheap good techniques.” Picture if you will a time and place where there is no such thing as an index – no Dow Jones Industrial Average, Russell 2000, no FTSE 100. How would you measure relative performance? The answer is, you wouldn’t, and it was not so long ago that we didn’t. Gareth Parker takes through a brief history of indexing, what…

JLN Options: EU, U.S. Reach Deal on Clearing Rules for Derivatives Market; Retail investors value US listed equity options; Investors pouring into oil options Standard

Lead Stories EU, U.S. Reach Deal on Clearing Rules for Derivatives Market Silla Brush and Julia-Ambra Verlaine Bloomberg U.S. and European Union regulators reached an agreement on oversight of the $553 trillion global derivatives market, seeking to prevent capital increases from hitting EU banks this year and enabling CME Group Inc. to continue settling some of the world’s most common contracts. bloom.bg/1Q7vf2O ****SD: At least one reason to pop a bottle in an otherwise topsy turvy time. The FT’s take can be found here, the CFTC’s comment here and the FIA’s here Retail investors value US listed equity options Gary…

JLN Financials: Is the European banking industry facing its own Lehman Brothers moment?; Basel Risk Framework Could Reduce Liquidity; Global Bond Rally Near `Panic’ Level With Japan Yield Below Zero Standard

First Impressions MarketsWiki Hits the 75 Million Page View Mark By JLN Staff Over the Super Bowl Weekend, enough people tuned into MarketsWiki to spring it over the 75 million page view mark. Since it launched in January of 2008, MarketsWiki has continue to grow a global audience and seen increased traffic to the site. We have had 2.1 million pageviews in 2016 already and saw about 16 million pageviews in 2015. In the last year or so we have launched a new website for John Lothian News, www.johnlothiannews.com, which has helped increase traffic to MarketsWiki while displaying all of…

JLN Options: Options Bears Circle Nasdaq as Stocks Flirt With Bear Market; Options markets flip back towards weaker euro; Gold Traders Are Betting on a Bigger Comeback Standard

Observations & Insight MarketsWiki Hits the 75 Million Page View Mark By JLN Staff Over the Super Bowl Weekend, enough people tuned into MarketsWiki to spring it over the 75 million page view mark. Since it launched in January of 2008, MarketsWiki has continue to grow a global audience and seen increased traffic to the site. We have had 2.1 million pageviews in 2016 already and saw about 16 million pageviews in 2015. In the last year or so we have launched a new website for John Lothian News, www.johnlothiannews.com, which has helped increase traffic to MarketsWiki while displaying all…

JLN Financials: Hedge Funds Bet on Risks in U.S. Blue-Chip Debt; Bloodied, Not Broken – U.S. Bond Market’s Biggest Bears Die Hard; Deutsche Bank is at a record low and investors are once again scared of European banks Standard

First Impressions Survey Says – Give the readers what they want! Time is running out for our 2016 survey campaign. Help us help you by giving us three minutes of your time and sharing your thoughts. Plus, we tried to make it fun and colorful. The final kicker? You could win an Apple Watch. Click HERE to get started. Quote of the Day “It has a contrite, bereft peatiness. The remit to the master blender was to taste the ups and downs of the economic devastation of 2008.” James Green, a 34-year-old London entrepreneur who has created a new liquor…