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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

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JLN Options: Platts looks to protect Brent benchmark; Why We’re Vulnerable to Even More Volatility; Spot FX Trading Back in Style at Thomson Reuters as Volumes Rise 35.2% in January Standard

Lead Stories Platts looks to protect Brent benchmark Financial Times International Petroleum Week has kicked off in London with moves by Platts, the price reporting agency, to protect the Brent benchmark from dwindling North Sea production. Dated Brent is the global oil marker used by traders and companies to price around two thirds of the world’s crude. It also underpins billions of dollars of trading in futures, options and other derivatives, writes Neil Hume, Commodities Editor. However, production of the four physical streams that underpin the benchmark – Brent, Forties, Oseberg and Ekofisk – is falling. goo.gl/sibmhz ****SD: In other…

JLN Financials: Oil market spiral threatens to prick global debt bubble, warns BIS; Government bond yields send recession signal; Why European Banks Keep Getting Clobbered Standard

First Impressions Utility Player: FIS’ John Avery Sees the Derivatives Utility as a Driver of Innovation JohnLothianNews.com In June of 2015, SunGard, now part of FIS Global, launched its post-trade derivatives utility, which aims to standardize back and middle office operations and technology, with Barclays as its first customer. According to FIS’ John Avery, it is not about commoditization so much as specialization. In other words, banks and futures commission merchants should concentrate on differentiation through service, cost, and other customer touch points, and leave standardized, replicated functions in the hands of a vendor. This will allow the bank or…

JLN Options: Thomson Reuters Swap Execution Facility Volumes Grow; When Risk Doesn’t Lead To Return; The Trading Volumes of January 2016 – A Rough Start Standard

Lead Stories Thomson Reuters Swap Execution Facility Volumes Grow Press Release Data from analytics and research firm Clarus Financial Technology shows that Thomson Reuters SEF (Swap Execution Facility) leads trading volumes in the FX dealer-to-client market segment in Q4 2015, with 55 percent of trading flow. This comes as non-deliverable forwards (NDF) volumes on the Thomson Reuters SEF have grown by 322 percent and FX options volumes by over 2000 percent in the 24 months to year-end 2015. jlne.ws/23NVJAu ****SD: FX options volume grew by over 2000 percent?!? Well good golly that’s monstrous. Unless they had, like, volume of 100…

JLN Financials: The Global Economy’s New Abnormal; Bond Markets Are Underestimating the Fed, Goldman and Pimco Warn; Oil Rout Threatens Vicious Cycle for Economy Standard

First Impressions Bit & Pieces Doug Ashburn – JLN The FIA just announced that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be the keynote speaker at the Wednesday lunch at FIA Boca in March. She plans to discuss a number of issues at the top of our agenda in the derivatives world – global economic uncertainty, cybersecurity and geopolitics. Oh, yeah, and there is an election coming up, about which she may have something to say. The conference takes place March 15-18, and details can be found HERE. As in prior years, John Lothian News will be there in full…

JLN Options: How South Korea is hurting European shares and the HK dollar; Contrarian hedge funds earn keep – momentum mutual funds, not so much; Oil options show traders primed for a plunge Standard

Observations & Insight Bit & Pieces Doug Ashburn – JLN The FIA just announced that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be the keynote speaker at the Wednesday lunch at FIA Boca in March. She plans to discuss a number of issues at the top of our agenda in the derivatives world – global economic uncertainty, cybersecurity and geopolitics. Oh, yeah, and there is an election coming up, about which she may have something to say. The conference takes place March 15-18, and details can be found HERE. As in prior years, John Lothian News will be there in…

JLN Options: Hong Kong Property Stock Gloom Seen Deepening in Options Market; Yuan Options Most Bearish in Asia as Traders Ready to Fight PBOC; Bank rout – exposure to commodity derivatives stirs fear Standard

Observations & Insight UPS Currency Hedges Largely Shield Profit as U.S. Imports Surge Tatyana Shumsky – WSJ A currency hedging program largely shielded United Parcel Service Inc. profit from the impact of a rising U.S. dollar, allowing the delivery company to benefit from a surge in U.S. imports, finance chief Richard Peretz told investors and analysts on the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call on Tuesday. Last year’s record-setting rally pushed the dollar to multi-year highs against the currencies of major U.S. trading partners including the euro-bloc, Canada and Australia, reducing the value of profits companies earned in those currencies when they…