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Bitcoin Options Would Tame This Beast; High Hopes for Low Vol; Death of FX Volatility Standard

Observations & Insight The Spread – Week of 12/4 – 12/8 JohnLothianNews.com A JLN debut! The Spread is a brief weekly recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. (It won’t always be this crypto heavy – we swear.) The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode of The Spread: WSJ – What Could Stir Up the VIX? Higher Inflation Bloomberg – Pound’s Acid Test on Brexit Is Yet to Come for Options Traders Highly Evolved Vol Blog – The Crowded Short Vol Trade JLN – Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Bloomberg…

Bitcoin futures start trading; IEX and LTSE team up; Another Deutsche Boerse leadership change? Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff If you, too, want to help crash the Cboe website, or check out its bitcoin futures prices, you can click HERE.~JJL As of 7:20 AM Chicago time, 2918 contracts of Cboe bitcoin had traded.~JJL Breaking news: A pipe bomb exploded at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. One person is reportedly in custody and he apparently was the only one injured.~JK Congratulations to the CME Group, which raised $186,000 for its Movember Foundation campaign, including its $125,000 corporate donation, to shine the spotlight on men’s health in the areas of…

The Spread: Week of 12/4 – 12/8 Standard

A JLN debut! The Spread is a brief weekly recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. (It won’t always be this crypto heavy – we swear.) The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode of The Spread: WSJ – What Could Stir Up the VIX? Higher Inflation Bloomberg – Pound’s Acid Test on Brexit Is Yet to Come for Options Traders Highly Evolved Vol Blog – The Crowded Short Vol Trade JLN – Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Bloomberg – Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill to Avoid Dec. 9 Shutdown

The Pound’s Brexit Test; FX Flash Crashes; Basel Rules Standard

Observations & Insight Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Spencer Doar – JLN My fantasy football team was bad this year. The Detroit Lions in 2008 bad. I went 0-13. A mathematically inclined friend in the same league ran the numbers – not sure of the specifics, but he used ESPN’s point predictions versus actual performance – and his calculations showed that my abhorrent results were nearly three standard deviations outside the norm. I would not have found this nearly as amusing before I started covering the options space and following earnings seasons. Bottom line, that frees up some of Sunday night. Good…

BTC Futures Coming From Team That Rebounded From Epic Snafu; Big banks not willing to support BTC futures Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The @JohnLothian Twitter account received 65,120 original impressions yesterday, which is a record for the last 28 days. My LinkedIn profile searches are up 48% for the week.~JJL Yesterday I attended an event hosted at the Art Institute of Chicago by RBC Global Asset Management about responsible investments. The speaker and panel discussed ESG investing, which I did not know about. ESG stands for Environment, Societal and Governance. Later in the day I was able to apply what I learned during a meeting of the endowment committee of my church, of which…

Inflationary VIX shock potential and other vol catalysts; Bitcoin pushback Standard

Observations & Insight North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable as China urges calm Soyoung Kim, Heekyong Yang – Reuters Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war “an established fact”. /goo.gl/g6LF1Y ****SD: We’ve made it this far in the “year of low volatility.” This North Korea update and the below Palestinian story are two of the first things I see scanning my feeds this morning. The other story I saw? Bitcoin hits $16k. No words……

CME fee rises vex trading industry; Decline of OTC derivatives trading; VIX research Standard

Observations & Insight Cboe chief on Jamie Dimon: He’s welcome to try shorting bitcoin Jeff Cox – CNBC If JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon wants to bet against bitcoin, the head of Cboe Global Markets is only too happy to give him the venue to place his wager. jlne.ws/2BLJ3l7 ****SD: Jamie Dimon probably regrets expressing an opinion on BTC. He thought he’d throw a punch, not realizing he’d become the bag. +++++ Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Spencer Doar – JLN Aren’t people supposed be getting into holiday mode? Isn’t December supposed to be slow, with…

The Crowded Short Vol Trade; Earnings drive swings; Monthly volumes Standard

Observations & Insight Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Spencer Doar – JLN Aren’t people supposed be getting into holiday mode? Isn’t December supposed to be slow, with nothing but junior staff running around trying not to mess things up? In the cryptocurrency space, that’s clearly not the case. The CFTC on Friday said CME Group and Cboe Global Markets were okay to launch their respective bitcoin futures products through the self-certification process. CME quickly announced it would launch bitcoin futures on December 18, and then Monday morning, Cboe announced a December 10 launch date and free…

Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Standard

Aren’t people supposed be getting into holiday mode? Isn’t December supposed to be slow, with nothing but junior staff running around trying not to mess things up?  In the cryptocurrency space, that’s clearly not the case. The CFTC on Friday said CME Group and Cboe Global Markets were okay to launch their respective bitcoin futures products through the self-certification process. CME quickly announced it would launch bitcoin futures on December 18, and then on Monday morning, Cboe announced a December 10 launch date and free trading for the first month to help the contract gain traction. Cboe’s contract will trade…