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Controversial US derivatives rules resurface; Options transparency problems Standard

Observations & Insight Tuesday’s Miscellany Spencer Doar – JLN Via Jim Kharouf – Longtime options industry executive Kevin Murphy has written a new book, The Three Rooms, which focuses on helping increase awareness of your own thoughts and emotions. Can’t wait to read it. E*TRADE reported its July activity. DARTs were down 8 percent from June but up 20 percent from a year ago. Derivatives represented 34 percent of DARTs. A PowerPoint presentation from the CAT NMS, LLC Operating Committee covering recent Consolidated Audit Trail updates can be found here. Employee stock options are not normal fodder for this newsletter,…

Ether Tumbles Amid ICO Concerns; Shale boom zaps volatility in US nat gas Standard

First Read Cinnober’s new CEO will have to consider the next move Jim Kharouf, JLN The news that Veronica Augustsson was out as CEO of Cinnober Financial Technologies and newcomer Peter Lenardos was in was a shock. Augustsson, who had been CEO the past six years and with the firm since 2002, grew up with the company and reached a pinnacle few women ever reach. She did so with warmth and a friendly smile, but she also had a vision to diversify the company into a variety of sectors beyond its core business of real-time clearing, risk and surveillance systems…

Cinnober’s new CEO will have to consider the next move Standard

The news that Veronica Augustsson was out as CEO of Cinnober Financial Technologies and newcomer Peter Lenardos was in was a shock. Augustsson, who had been CEO the past six years and with the firm since 2002, grew up with the company and reached a pinnacle few women ever reach. She did so with warmth and a friendly smile, but she also had a vision to diversify the company into a variety of sectors beyond its core business of real-time clearing, risk and surveillance systems for exchanges. After all, there is a limited number of exchanges with clearing houses –…

Crypto and the Law at IIT Blockchain Conference Standard

It used to be said that August was a quiet month for the markets – but apparently no one told that to the boosters of blockchain and cryptoassets, at least in Chicago. The month of August 2018 has no fewer than three significant conferences, each with its own special flavor, kicking off with “Block (Legal) Tech: A conference about the future of the law” on August 9. Hosted by the Law Lab at Illinois Tech Chicago-Kent College of Law and FinTEx, the event gathered experienced lawyers in the cryptoasset space and regulators for a day-long look at the past, present…

OCC’s move to ‘Cover 2’ won’t cost members more, CRO says Standard

Observations & Insight The Spread – 8/10 – Pump up the Vol(ume) JohnLothianNews.com In this week’s recap of happenings in the options world we delve into some confusing terms, Spinal Tap and Recep Erdogan’s plight. Watch the video and see the stories referenced here » ++++ Turkey’s Collapse Sinks Emerging Markets on ‘Manic Monday’ Rita Nazareth and Ben Bartenstein – Bloomberg (SUBSCRIPTION) Turkish measures could be too little, too late, analysts say; Argentine century bond yield surges to 10% as peso tumbles Turkey’s market carnage rippled across emerging markets, sending both stocks and currencies toward their lowest levels in a…

Online Stock Trading Has Serious Security Holes; CTAs Are Losing Money Standard

First Read Tech firms looking to change the technology stack Jim Kharouf, JLN The question for the industry today is whether firms have hit the technology breaking point. In other words, can firms continue to maintain and sustain the technology they’ve built over the past 20-plus years? A new breed of tech firms is emerging to help address this challenge. There are increasing signs that the so-called “technology stack” at various firms is not economically sustainable, nor is it necessarily more efficient. For years, various technology vendors have been expanding their product mixes to handle front, middle and back office…

The Spread – Pump Up The Vol(ume) – 8/10 Standard

In this week’s recap of happenings in the options world we delve into some confusing terms, Spinal Tap and Recep Erdogan’s plight. The following are the stories referenced in this week’s episode of “The Spread”:  –Tabb Group -> US Options Volume on Pace for Record Year Despite Drop Off, Lower Volatility in Q2 –OCC -> OCC Clears the Path to Greater Capital Efficiencies for Clearing Firms in U. S. Exchange-Listed Options Markets –WSJ -> Regulators Probe Options Market’s Major Clearinghouse –Bloomberg -> Are You Pound-Proof Yet? The Brexit Endgame Is About to Begin –Bloomberg -> Lira Falls to Fresh Record With No Letup in…

Tech firms looking to change the technology stack Standard

The question for the industry today is whether firms have hit the technology breaking point. In other words, can firms continue to maintain and sustain the technology they’ve built over the past 20-plus years? A new breed of tech firms is emerging to help address this challenge. There are increasing signs that the so-called “technology stack” at various firms is not economically sustainable, nor is it necessarily more efficient. For years, various technology vendors have been expanding their product mixes to handle front, middle and back office responsibilities for firms. The industry is seeing a mix of established tech vendors…

How to Survive the Financial Media Markets for 30+ Years – Bruce Morris, Tabb Group Standard

“I met this guy on a job interview – he wanted to sell ads for us. I said, ‘Show me what magazine you’re with.’ He said, ‘Well it’s not a magazine, it’s a website.” It’s November of 1994… I said, ‘What’s a website?” and he showed me the future.”  What do retail sports, art and finance have in common? Bruce Morris, CEO of Tabb Group, for one. In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s New York event, Morris talks about bad bosses, fax machines, his first Blackberry and the connections he made along the way.    Produced by Mike Forrester  …