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Endangered Options Specialists; FX volatility; Derivatives need LIBOR alternative Standard

Observations & Insight Miscellany for Friday SD– JLN Perusing the day’s most active option chains on the OIC’s website yesterday was a bit wonky. Only one of the 19 most active equity symbols had more put activity than calls, that being FOXA (21st Century Fox). On the ETF side, there was a lot of lopsided action. TLT (20-yr Treasuries) saw 92 percent of its activity on the call side. The flip side of that coin – ETFs dominated by put activity – was populated by EEM (emerging markets), QQQ (Nasdaq), EWZ (Brazil) and SMH (semiconductors), with puts accounting for 80…

A new generation of anti-Americans; SEC judges appointment violated Constitution Standard

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff We have produced a promotional video for the Crypto Evolved event in New York on Wednesday at the New York Athletic Club. Trading Technologies’ Mike Unetich visited our offices to give the conference a plug. Please take a look and visit www.crypto-evolved.com for more details.~JJL FIA Operations Americas Division members are invited to enjoy food, drinks and an exciting game of baseball at the 18th Annual Summer Outing in Chicago. Join the Operations Americas Division for the Sox v. Yankees on 8/8. Get the details and register~JJL FIA Announces Fourth Annual Innovators Pavilion…

May Volumes; Fixing the VIX; 50 Cent; OIC Options Studies Standard

Observations & Insight US Options Volumes Remain on Record Pace Despite Slowing Momentum TABB Forum US options volumes slipped again in May 2018, losing some of the momentum established during a torrid first quarter, but volumes still remain on pace to hit record levels for the year. May 2018 volumes fell to 366 million contracts, from April’s 398 million contracts. However, year-to-date US options volumes represent a healthy 25.2% gain over 2017. bit.ly/2KaE7K7 ****SD: The only exchange with a decrease in volume YoY is Nasdaq BX, but that drop was a mere 2 million contracts, which is more than made…

Broker sued over ‘demo’ trading platform mix-up; Deutsche Bank risk questions Standard

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Rumi Morales will be announcing the launch of a major investment platform in the US on Wednesday, June 27.~JJL The 2018 Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards were last night in Chicago. Colin Jost from Saturday Night Live was the entertainment this year. He started by introducing well known “Irish Catholic” Sol Waksman. He later gave the CME Group a raunchy salute, probably for the political censorship by which he was confined, by sharing that he is a numbers guy. Enough said.~JJL For those concerned that ETFs with illiquid components will be the cause of…

Cboe’s year of change; Committee for Options Markets?; VIX lawsuit developments Standard

Observations & Insight FIA IDX 2018 – Brexit’s Influence on Global Markets JohnLothianNews.com MiFID II was more than 20,000 pages with 21 million paragraphs of regulation. Considering its scope, things have gone rather smoothly since it went into effect in January. But for Simon Puleston Jones, FIA’s head of Europe, there is no time to rest on the laurels of a successful implementation with Brexit looming. Brexit cuts across all the other issues on FIA’s plate in Europe. One aspect of MiFID II left unresolved is equivalence assessments, which are impacted by Brexit. The Emir review this year, with its…

Corporate America and the Border Policy; Cboe’s Year of Controversy; ECB’s Clearing Power Standard

First Read Chicago is Crypto-fuel For the Coinbase Rocket Jim Kharouf – JLN My meeting with Paul Bauerschmidt has been reset three times and he’s running a few minutes late for our coffee in Chicago. It’s understandable. Since taking the role as head of Coinbase’s Chicago office last October, it’s been non-stop for Bauerschmidt and his office of nine and soon to be more. He is on board with one of the fastest growing crypto exchanges in the world and thrilled with the ride after helping build Eris Exchange and CME’s swap business before that. In many ways, he’s one…

Shortwave trading; “Quitaly” update; Warning bells Standard

Observations & Insight OCC 2017 Interactive Annual Report OCC On behalf of the Board of Directors and my fellow colleagues at OCC, I am pleased to share with you our 2017 annual report. Over the past year, the team achieved a number of key milestones that position OCC for continued resiliency, innovation and growth while strengthening our role as an industry leader and market influencer. /goo.gl/9USqKf ****SD: I like the multi-media aspect of this report – videos with Walt Lukken, Bill Brodsky and more are included. Some numbers – $78.7 million refunded to clearing members; $15.2 billion held in clearing…

JPM’s $65m ISDAFIX fine; EU HFT rules; Blockchain for margin and collateral? Standard

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The MontrÈal Exchange announced new futures on exchange-traded funds (ETF) and trust units are now available.~JJL The European Banking Authority released its 2017 annual report. A few of the key areas earmarked for extra focus in 2018 are: preparation for Basel III implementation, improving credit risk modelling, developing a common framework for non-performing loans, and third-country equivalence.~SD According to a recent study from FTSE Russell, “the green economy represents 6 percent of the market capitalization of global listed companies, approximately US$4 trillion.” That’s roughly the same as fossil fuels. ~SD Bank of Canada…

Why even bigger volatility ‘accidents’ are yet to come Standard

Observations & Insight China’s tariffs on U.S. oil would disrupt $1 billion monthly business Henning Gloystein – Reuters China’s threat to impose duties on U.S. oil imports will hit a business that has soared in the last two years, and which is now worth almost $1 billion per month. /goo.gl/vcKWZe ****SD: It is estimated that the U.S. will dethrone Saudi Arabia as oil production king by 2019. Also in big oil news – OPEC Discusses Output Hike of Up to 600,000 Barrels a Day. In other tariff news – it might be up a smidge today, but check out the…