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VIX-Yield Curve – At the Door of High Volatility?; Limits of Pound Gains; Sector correlations Standard

Observations & Insight What Organizations Need to Know about Risk Culture Audits John Fennell – Risk Management Monitor Today’s risks require more proactive oversight by boards of directors on the issue of risk management. Transitioning to this approach is easier said than done, however. The trouble is that many organizations are weighed down by antiquated risk management frameworks that prevent them from being proactive. Even today, how financial services and other industries address risk is deeply ingrained in organizations’ character, requiring a broader change which extends beyond simply implementing new risk management frameworks. bit.ly/2BuLlVD ++++++ U.S. Securities Markets Coalition Opposes…

Nasdaq Plans To Launch Bitcoin Futures; Irish Stock Exchange sold to Euronext; Bitcoin roller coaster Standard

First Read Hits & Takes In a presentation for Risk Management Monitor, John Fennell, OCC’s executive vice president and chief risk officer, discusses how a risk culture audit can help companies identify challenges in corporate behavior and helps them reorient how they think about today’s increasingly complex risk landscape. You can read the article here.~SR Whether you think the crypto space is a bit-con or legitimate, it was disconcerting to see this article on Bitcoin.com yesterday – How to Buy Bitcoin When You’re Underage.~SD Yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter can be found here.~SD Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News…

Key points from CFTC Commissioner Quintenz’s fintech address Standard

CFTC Commissioner Brian Quintenz addressed ISDA’s Unlocking Value in Derivatives Markets conference in London yesterday and a few timely remarks were included (as well as some shout-outs to Galileo and Prometheus…). Regarding the crypto elephant in the room Of all the aspects of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), Quintenz brought up the provision that exchanges “may not list a contract that is readily susceptible to manipulation.” Ink has already been spilled on how thin some of the closing cash auctions can be on the crypto exchanges which these prospective bitcoin futures contracts will use in determining the underlying’s price. With…

Bond wolves; Hedging for the shale boom; Jump Trading shakeup; More BTC Standard

Observations & Insight Jim Kharouf Resigns as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.; Will Continue Work with Company in Freelance Role Jim Kharouf is stepping down as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. at the end of the year after having assumed the role on January 1, 2017. Kharouf is leaving the company as an employee, but will continue to work with John Lothian News and John Lothian Productions as an independent contributor. He will also be exploring his own bespoke initiatives, including in the Fintech sector. Despite accomplishing much during his tenure at the company…

LSE’s Rolet quits; Regulators look to shine more light on Treasury market; City closes ranks over Rolet Standard

First Read Jim Kharouf Resigns as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.; Will Continue Work with Company in Freelance Role Jim Kharouf is stepping down as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. at the end of the year after having assumed the role on January 1, 2017. Kharouf is leaving the company as an employee, but will continue to work with John Lothian News and John Lothian Productions as an independent contributor. He will also be exploring his own bespoke initiatives, including in the Fintech sector. Despite accomplishing much during his tenure at the company and…

Short-VIX Trade Shows Few Signs of Fading; More BTC; Sleepy Oil; Markets Numb to Risk Standard

Observations & Insight Bitcoin stirs volatility fears as it heads for $10,000 Hannah Murphy – Financial Times The price of bitcoin soared to record highs on Monday and approached the symbolic $10,000 threshold even as some traditional marketplaces warned they were becoming “uncomfortable” with the volume and volatility of trading in the cryptocurrency. on.ft.com/2BmDb0m ****SD: Some folks must be making that “baby’s first taste of lemon” face. Just two weeks ago – when BTC was trading for less than $8k – LedgerX initiated it’s first long-term bitcoin futures option with a strike of $10,000 (sold/bought for $2,250.25). The contract expires…

Bitcoin’s Trading Star is DRW’s Cumberland Mining; Itiviti and ULLINK announce tie-up; BoE chief on LSE row Standard

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff DRW’s cryptocurrency division is called Cumberland Mining & Materials LLC., named after the Grateful Dead song “Cumberland Blues,” about a hardworking miner, according to today’s Wall Street Journal story. ~JK Fun fact: In the first three quarters of 2017, $2.774 trillion of MSCI Index-based futures and options traded globally. That’s nearly 50 percent more than the first three quarters of 2016.~SD Care to express your views on cryptocurrencies without trading them? Apparently, you can buy ugly crypto holiday sweaters now (and yes, the checkout supports cryptocurrencies). Visual Capitalist has a cool infographic…

Index Providers Rule the World; Unknown traders gain influence in commodities; Beijing is Making Its Most Serious Effort Yet to Tackle Its Financial-System Issues Standard

First Read Hits & Takes The Canadian Annual Derivatives Conference is November 27-29 in Quebec City. Blythe Masters will be a keynote speaker.~JJL Seismic Foundry website is now live.~JJL OPEC’s next meeting is this Thursday. Bantix Technologies, the provider of the Quikstrike options analytics suite, has a blog laying out everything you need to know about the upcoming meeting.~SD Ever wonder when charts became such a standard part of news presentation? Priceonomics has a blog covering the origins of charts and graphs. Scottish political economist William Playfair is credited with creating the modern statistical chart in the late 1700s.~SD Nasdaq…

HFTers Jump Into Bitcoin; Oil Volatility; Calm Sterling Standard

Observations & Insight Why ISPs Are About To Spoil Your Thanksgiving Dinners: Food For Thought on Net Neutrality Repeal By Jeff Bergstrom – JLN Yesterday it was announced the F.C.C. plans a net neutrality repeal. This is not a particularly new story. The telecoms have been working towards this for years. But now it seems they are about to achieve their goal and that is not a good thing unless you are a major investor in telecom stocks. It is a truism that the last thing anyone should talk about over Thanksgiving dinner is politics. We all have that crazy uncle…