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Graduate of University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication

JLN Options: Crude oil volatility may be here to stay; The Only Thing to Fear is a Lack of Fear; Currency Exchange Risks Worry Treasurers Standard

Observations & Insight JLN Survey 2016 – Still Time to Get in the Running for an Apple Watch All we ask of you for the chance to win an Apple Watch is three minutes of your time — it’s a quicker process than rush hour queues at Starbucks, less than the preparation time of some instant dinners and about the length of a commercial break. If time is money and various Apple Watch models retail from $350 on up … Let’s just say you’re better off taking the survey than getting roped into the next Powerball madness. Click HERE to…

JLN Financials: Debates on Blockchain eclipse talk of Basel III at Davos; Davos 2016 – Live; Draghi’s Groundhog Day Heralds Seven Weeks of ECB Market Dialog Standard

First Impressions Dan Day-Robinson, Chairman, Swiss Futures and Options Association – Embracing Change MarketsWikiEducation.com “…While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Rob Siltanen, the creative genius behind Apple’s “Think Different” campaign” Dan Day-Robinson will be the first to tell you he has a flair for the dramatic. As a former market maker, investment banker and now head of a trade association, he has hundreds of stories, and he knows how to tell them. He takes…

JLN Options: 2016’s Options Volumes Off to a Strong Start. But Will the Trading Last?; Where’s the fear? Hedging action subdued in stock sell-off; Oil options show not everyone buys ‘lower for longer’ Standard

Observations & Insight Dan Day-Robinson, Chairman, Swiss Futures and Options Association – Embracing Change MarketsWikiEducation.com “…While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Rob Siltanen, the creative genius behind Apple’s “Think Different” campaign” Dan Day-Robinson will be the first to tell you he has a flair for the dramatic. As a former market maker, investment banker and now head of a trade association, he has hundreds of stories, and he knows how to tell them. He…

JLN Financials: Monetary policy – The dead hand of debt; High-Yield Warning Signs; Why Are Corporations Hoarding Trillions? Standard

First Impressions Dan Day-Robinson, Chairman, Swiss Futures and Options Association – Embracing Change MarketsWikiEducation.com “…While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Rob Siltanen, the creative genius behind Apple’s “Think Different” campaign” Dan Day-Robinson will be the first to tell you he has a flair for the dramatic. As a former market maker, investment banker and now head of a trade association, he has hundreds of stories, and he knows how to tell them. He takes…

JLN Options: Technology May Be the Last ‘Safe Haven’ Propping Up the Stock Market; Derivative hedges set to add to China volatility; No Rally Safe in S&P 500 as Traders Forget About Buying the Dip Standard

Observations & Insight Dan Day-Robinson, Chairman, Swiss Futures and Options Association – Embracing Change MarketsWikiEducation.com “…While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Rob Siltanen, the creative genius behind Apple’s “Think Different” campaign” Dan Day-Robinson will be the first to tell you he has a flair for the dramatic. As a former market maker, investment banker and now head of a trade association, he has hundreds of stories, and he knows how to tell them. He…

JLN Financials: The Deeper Causes of the Global Stocks Rout; China’s great economic shift needs to begin; U.S. Takes Step Toward Increasing Oversight of Treasury Market 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: Draghi May Send Dovish Signals at Policy Meeting to Temper Market Expectations; Options decline despite vol jump [in 2015]; No Calm in Sight as Volatility Surges From Stocks to Bonds Standard

Observations & Insight Getting Squeezed: Introducing Brokers Numbers Waning, Growth Wanting, Future Questioned New Introducing Broker numbers hit historical low; IB Numbers Shrink 17 percent Since Financial Crisis By John J. Lothian There is a funny story about former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine, when he held his first all company conference call with employees. He said he was impressed with how many investment bankers the firm had, having no clue that the number of IBs affiliated with MF Global actually meant introducing brokers. The fate of the company was probably sealed right then and there. While investment bankers have…

JLN Financials: Beijing’s meddling is shaking the markets; Simplify, Shrink? Please. Wells Fargo Climbs Past Citi in Assets; Mismatched trade detection poses risks for banks 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 us through a brief history of indexing,…

JLN Options: CME, Morningstar CEOs mull financial technology hub; Goldman Sachs – Market volatility is here to stay, but the recent ructions are unlikely to last; Europe Stocks Enter Bear Market Only 9 Months After Record High Standard

Observations & Insight Chicago Board Options Exchange: Back to the Futures Spencer Doar – JLN Wednesday, January 13th, was the CBOE‘s annual press luncheon — a chance to hear from the horse’s mouth what has been going on in the stable. The key takeaway from CEO Edward Tilly and President/COO Edward Provost was the development of their next generation trade engine, CBOE Vector. Vector has been in the works for two years and and is ready to be rolled out, beginning in Q3 of 2016 for products listed on the CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE). The current system, CBOEdirect, traces its…