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JLN Financials: Fed’s Bullard – low rate vow is ‘not helpful,’ GDP targeting is; Libor Accused Received Help From Boss, Evidence Shows; Bund futures highlight trading challenge Standard

First Impressions Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Futures Magazine is changing its name. Forty-three years after changing its name from Commodities to Futures, Futures Magazine will become Modern Trader, according to its editor in a video interview with a Chicago futures broker. Futures Magazine Editor Dan Collins spilled the beans in a video interview with Price Group energy broker Phil Flynn on the Price Futures Group’s YouTube channel. That fact alone speaks volumes to the changes in the media space and the markets Futures has faced since last changing its name. The re-booted magazine will feature 20 new…

JLN Options: Shake Shack’s Undefinable Risk; Is the VIX Signaling Doom?; US binary options “deep in the money” says Forest Park BX CEO Justin Hertzberg Standard

Observations & Insight Bigger Picture: BATS Execs Willing To Collaborate To Expand Options Business Sarah Rudolph, JLN BATS Global Markets has a hand in both equities and options, and its options market, though relatively new, is holding its own among the growing list of options exchanges. John Lothian News’ Sarah Rudolph caught up with Kapil Rathi, the exchange’s vice president of options business strategy, and Bryan Harkins, its executive vice president and head of U.S. markets, at the Options Industry Conference in Miami Beach earlier this month and spoke to them about BATS’ plans for a new exchange, how to…

JLN Financials: Gross Calls Bet Against Bund Well-Timed, Poorly Executed; Dimon Chides ‘Lazy’ Shareholders Who Follow Proxy Advisers; Wall Street Is Using the Power of Dodd-Frank Against Itself Standard

First Impressions Back to Work By John J. Lothian I am back to work today. Today will be my first day back in the office after going under the knife for shoulder surgery. Of course, I will be taking tomorrow off, but that is only to get the stitches out. Thank you for all the good wishes and prayers, not only for my surgery but also for the passing of my uncle, Thomas A. Lothian, II. They really helped me. Thank you to my great team for working so hard in my absence and JLN coming out without a hitch….

JLN Options: S&P 500 Sucker Punched as VIX Jumps 16% From Year’s Lowest Level; China Stocks – New Rules Create a Great Opportunity; CBOE announces report on fund use of options in portfolio management Standard

Observations & Insight Back to Work By John J. Lothian I am back to work today. Today will be my first day back in the office after going under the knife for shoulder surgery. Of course, I will be taking tomorrow off, but that is only to get the stitches out. Thank you for all the good wishes and prayers, not only for my surgery but also for the passing of my uncle, Thomas A. Lothian, II. They really helped me. Thank you to my great team for working so hard in my absence and JLN coming out without a…

JLN Options: The Absence of Fear – How Low Can the VIX Go?; Why volatility can be an investor’s best friend; The stock market is calm. Too calm Standard

Observations & Insight An Observation, and a Bit of Insight John Lothian News The observation, of course, is Memorial Day. We will not be publishing our newsletters this coming Monday in honor of the holiday. Please enjoy the extended weekend. For readers in Chicago, you can ride your bike on Lake Shore Drive on Sunday morning. On Monday, let us all remember those who put their lives on the line and made the ultimate sacrifice. Now, for the insight. John Lothian News put together a number of interviews and commentary in and around the recent Options Industry Conference. Because the…

JLN Financials: Fed Minutes Show Policy Makers Lean Toward a Rate Rise After June; Federal Reserve proposes letting banks use some muni bonds in liquidity rules; Five global banks to pay $5.7 billion in fines over rate rigging Standard

First Impressions Editor’s Note Due to the Memorial Day holiday, JLN Financials will not be published tomorrow (Friday, May 22) nor Monday, May 25, 2015. We will begin again on Tuesday the 26th. Smart beta: 2015 global survey findings from asset owners FTSE Russell In 2015, FTSE Russell conducted a follow-up survey to the well-received 2014 survey of institutional asset owners. The results are based on responses from 214 asset owners representing various types of institutional investors across the globe. The goal was to better understand how the perception and adoption of smart beta have continued to evolve globally. Review…

JLN Options: European Bond Rout Is Over Is Message Coming From Options Market; Oil volatility fades as risks become more balanced – Kemp; Dividend Bets Trailing Europe Stocks Highlight Draghi Skepticism Standard

Observations & Insight Practice Does Not Always Make Perfect John Lothian‘s shoulder surgery earlier this week marks the third time in three years that he has gone under the knife. After a double knee replacement in 2013 and back surgery in 2014, he viewed this one as relatively minor, calling it “virtually outpatient.” He had even planned to come downtown today. Normally, when the media reports a person’s return home from the hospital, they add the phrase “…and resting comfortably.” We spoke with John this morning and it is safe to say he is neither resting nor comfortable. Though he…

JLN Financials: Fed Minutes – June Rate Hike Doubtful; World Bond Market Breaks Apart After Years of Trading in Sync; Wall St eyes revival of crisis derivative Standard

First Impressions Under New Management: Alan Campbell Looks To Expand Interest In Bloomberg Commodity Index Jim Kharouf – JLN Sometimes you just need a change of scenery. The Bloomberg Commodity Index, or BCOM, was taken on by Bloomberg in a partnership with UBS last July and now has several months as its new administrator. The index, previously known as the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index, is traded as a futures contract at CME Group and Eurex, as well as an ETF, but it has much more potential ahead of it, said Alan Campbell, global product manager, head of buisness development of…

JLN Options: ECB’s Frontloading Reawakens Stock Bulls Stung by April Drop; Airline Swoon Fuels Manic Option Trading on Southwest Airlines Co, American Airlines Group; Markets bracing for second coming of Y2K as leap second fever takes hold Standard

Observations & Insight Under New Management: Alan Campbell Looks To Expand Interest In Bloomberg Commodity Index Jim Kharouf – JLN Sometimes you just need a change of scenery. The Bloomberg Commodity Index, or BCOM, was taken on by Bloomberg in a partnership with UBS last July and now has several months as its new administrator. The index, previously known as the Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index, is traded as a futures contract at CME Group and Eurex, as well as as an ETF, but it has much more potential ahead of it, said Alan Campbell, global product manager, head of buisness…