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JLN Financials: Apple Is the New Pimco, and Tim Cook Is the New King of Bonds; ‘This is what a good jobs report looks like’ – payrolls reactions; Bond Traders to Lagarde – You’re Wrong, the Fed Will Hike in 2015 Standard

First Impressions JLN Heads to London JLN Staff Jim Kharouf is off to London today, and John Lothian, Doug Ashburn and intern Colin Ashburn head there on Saturday night. This is gearing up to be a great conference. Much of the industry conversation has moved to Europe, as evidenced by today’s newsletter. Big changes at NLX, an overhaul of all things regulatory as the industry prepares for MiFID II, and the lingering cross-border disputes are but a few of the stories making headlines today and on the docket for IDX We will see if John’s newly partially replaced right shoulder…

JLN Options: Draghi Gets the Volatility He Foresaw as Global Bonds Surge Back; Market Volatility Could Be Exacerbated by Computer Driven Hedge Funds; Call Stupid Buyer in VIX Options [Yesterday] Standard

Observations & Insight JLN Heads to London JLN Staff Jim Kharouf is off to London today, and John Lothian, Doug Ashburn and intern Colin Ashburn head there on Saturday night. This is gearing up to be a great conference. Much of the industry conversation has moved to Europe, as evidenced by today’s newsletter. Big changes at NLX, an overhaul of all things regulatory as the industry prepares for MiFID II, and the lingering cross-border disputes are but a few of the stories making headlines today and on the docket for IDX We will see if John’s newly partially replaced right…

JLN Financials: You Call This a Bond Rout? Wait Until the Real Selling Starts; Behind Bond Market’s Latest Tantrum; EM most at risk from bond market ‘tantrums’ Standard

First Impressions FinTech Chicago Gets Democratic JohnLothianNews.com In case you missed it: Today’s financial technology dialogue is often about a word you don’t usually associate with it – democracy – bringing software, data, reporting, testing and trading to the masses. And it’s not just one size for everyone – its customizable too. At the FinTech Exchange 2015 Chicago event, 13 firm executives spoke during its lightning round. So John Lothian News took the best of two hours of presentations and condensed it into three minutes. Here’s how some of those firms are democratizing and customizing technology for all of us….

JLN Options: Goldman Says Options Traders Too Complacent Before OPEC Meeting; Is the ASX a good guardian of the once-thriving options market?; ICE Trade Vault Europe Approved by ESMA as Trade Repository for FX Derivatives Standard

Lead Stories Goldman Says Options Traders Too Complacent Before OPEC Meeting By Callie Bost – Bloomberg Tranquility reigns in exchange-traded funds tracking oil and its producers. Too much, says Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Decreasing levels of implied volatility on the United States Oil Fund LP and the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund show options speculators see little prospect of turmoil in the commodity even as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meets in Vienna, according to Goldman Sachs derivatives strategists Katherine Fogertey and John Marshall. The lack of concern could backfire with a rush to purchase hedges after OPEC’s decision,…

JLN Financials: Draghi Says Volatility Here to Stay as Global Bond Rout Deepens; Fed Officials Should Pay the Bond Market Less Mind, Jeremy Stein Says; Gross’s Next Short Is China’s Stock Index – But Not Yet Standard

First Impressions Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Jim Kharouf and RJ Roxas have done a terrific job of taking the FinTech Exchange Chicago 2015 video we shot, combining the event’s lightning round of speakers in a new format for John Lothian News. Jim had discovered the Sway multimedia tool from Microsoft and used this to tell the story of this sold out Chicago fintech event organized by Barchart.com. You can see the presentation below. I suggest you click on the link to see the whole layout and design on Sway.com to get the full effect. I love Jim’s…

JLN Options: Fear, Complacency, and ‘Irrational Exuberance’; There’s a Big Disagreement Between Bond and Stock Traders About Interest Rates; Volatility ETF Guide: VXX vs. VXUP Standard

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Jim Kharouf and RJ Roxas have done a terrific job of taking the FinTech Exchange Chicago 2015 video we shot and combining the event’s lightning round of speakers in a new format for John Lothian News. Jim had discovered the Sway multimedia tool from Microsoft and used this to tell the story of this sold out Chicago fintech event organized by Barchart.com. You can see the presentation below. I suggest you click on the link to see the whole layout and design on Sway.com to get the full effect. I…

JLN Financials: What Will Happen to a Generation of Wall Street Traders Who Have Never Seen a Rate Hike?; What Happens When Everyone Is a Chinese Stock Market Genius – China’s biggest index just took a stomach-churning plunge. Is it a sign of things to come?; Why U.S. GDP Shrank – At A Glance Standard

First Impressions An article that hits the bull’s-eye Doug Ashburn – John Lothian News Jared Dillian is the author of Bull’s-Eye Investor and the 10th Man, two publications of Mauldin Economics. I have followed Mauldin Economics and its founder, John Mauldin, since he began publishing his free weekly newsletter over 15 years ago. Though the firm has branched out considerably since then, into (often steep) subscription-based newsletters, I still read a couple of the free weekly offerings, including those of Mr. Dillian. I have been meaning to put one of his columns as the feature, and today is the day,…

JLN Options: China Stock Meltdown and Inside Information; Checking Up On the VIX-Product Rookies; Five Options Trading Myths Exposed Standard

Observations & Insight An article that hits the bull’s-eye Doug Ashburn – John Lothian News Jared Dillian is the author of Bull’s-Eye Investor and the 10th Man, two publications of Mauldin Economics. I have followed Mauldin Economics and its founder, John Mauldin, since he began publishing his free weekly newsletter over 15 years ago. Though the firm has branched out considerably since then, into (often steep) subscription-based newsletters, I still read a couple of the free weekly offerings, including those of Mr. Dillian. I have been waiting for an opportunity to feature one in JLN Options. Since his latest column…

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…