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The Spread – Week of 2/5 – 2/9 Standard

This is a bit of an early edition of our weekly options news recap as snow blanketed Chicago and will continue to fall for the next few days. As another result of being Chicago-based, there is a built in affinity for the Bulls and the Bears. Well, bears are finally having more fun at the expense of bulls as a crazy trading week altered recent market norms. (This sports metaphor falls apart pretty quickly…) Bloomberg – VIX at 38 Is Waterloo for the Beloved Short Volatility Trade JLN – The VIX Can’t Cause Vol – Cboe’s View on Volatility ETPs…

The Spread – Week of 1/29 – 2/2 Standard

We’re baaaack! The flu season stinks but this episode of The Spread doesn’t. The Spread is a brief recap of some of the notable activity in the options world.  The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode of The Spread: MarketWatch – Volatile enough? Wall Street’s fear gauge on track for largest weekly rise in 5 months Cboe – Cboe Global Markets Sets Several Daily Volume Records on Friday, February 2 Bloomberg – VIX Securities Get Traded Like Crazy After Volatility Picks Up Traders – Fragmentation and Liquidity Issues Must Be Addressed to Maintain a Resilient Listed Options Market…

Cboe’s Crypto Journey Just Getting Started Standard

At STAC’s 92nd Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, JLN spoke with Michael Mollet, Cboe Global Markets’ director of product development, about the exchange group’s outlook on  cryptocurrency derivatives and what’s needed for more growth in the space.  It’s been more than a month since the launch of Cboe’s bitcoin futures, but to render a verdict on the success of the product is far too premature, Mollet says. Cboe is priming itself to be a market for cryptocurrency derivatives and its XBT offering is just a start.

An Update on the Consolidated Audit Trail Standard

At STAC’s 92nd Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, JLN spoke with Shane Swanson, chief compliance officer with Thesys CAT LLC, about the state of the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT). The CAT will be a large trade data repository for options and equities used for surveillance and tracking. Thesys CAT is the recently formed subsidiary of Thesys Technologies tasked with developing the CAT. The plan was intended to go live in November 2017, but as the date neared, the SROs put in a one year exemptive request. While the SEC has not granted the request, it did agree to work toward a new…

Top Options Stories of 2017 Countdown Standard

Correction: SROs did NOT begin reporting to the Consolidated Audit Trail in November – the deadline for implementation was indeed delayed.  For a CAT update, see our January 2018 video with Thesys CAT Chief Compliance Officer Shane Swanson.  Listicles are occasionally the butt of jokes – Buzzfeed knows – but what about listideos? With 2017 in the bag, we at JLN thought we’d recap the year in options with a list of the big stories and trends – and there were a number. Below are links to stories referenced in the countdown. When a theme is addressed, the linked story…

The Spread – Week of 1/1/18 Standard

A new year, a new Spread! The Spread is a brief recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode of The Spread: Bloomberg – Five Things We Learned About MiFID II on Its First Day at Work OCC – OCC 2017 Total Cleared Contract Volume Up Four Percent, Third Highest Volume Year Ever The New York Times – When Forecasters Get It Wrong: Always See It Market – SKEW Index Continues To Diverge From VIX Index Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management – How Do Traders Respond to Off-Hour…

The Spread – Week of 12/18 Standard

The Spread is a brief recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. This is Episode 3 and an improvement on “Revenge of the Sith.” The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode: WSJ – A Million-Dollar Bet That Bitcoin Will Hit $50,000 JLN – Seed CX Swaps Hemp For Cryptocurrencies OCC – Advocating for a stronger U.S. options market Reuters – LCH begins credit options clearing Bloomberg – Trader Turns $60 Million Profit in Sharpest Bond Selloff of 2017

Donna Heidkamp – Strive for Self Improvement Standard

“Having the chance to be on the front lines working with the markets is an invaluable experience no matter what you do in the industry, no matter where you end up or what path you take.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Donna Heidkamp, executive director at RJO Futures, talks about her first internship with the CME and how it shaped her future. Heidkamp says high volatility is what the industry needs to keep things moving in a positive direction. When volatility is low, people get antsy and start making emotional decisions.     

Nikolai Larbalestier – Be the Change You Want to See Standard

“Take the opportunity. Take the risk. Understand the risk but go for it anyway. Failure is part of the journey, but success is the reward.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Nikolai Larbalestier, AVP enterprise architect at Nasdaq, discusses three technologies that could potentially disrupt the market: distributed ledger technologies, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing. With the emergence of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, Larbalestier says the technology is there to insure that the exchanges “catch the wave” and are not overrun. The goal at Nasdaq is to use this technology to adapt to the…