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MiFID Starts; Exchange Stats; OCC AA+/Stable Rating Reaffirmed Standard

Observations & Insight December 2017 Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC Exchanges and Clearing CME Group Reached Record Average Daily Volume Of 16.3 Million Contracts In 2017, Up 4 Percent From 2016 CME Group 2017 Interest Rate average daily volume was a record 8.2 million contracts, up 9 percent compared with 2016 Annual average daily volume records also were reached in Energy, Agricultural Commodities, Metals, total options and electronic options /goo.gl/Yy152d OCC AA+/Stable Rating Reaffirmed By S&P OCC CHICAGO (January 2, 2018) – OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today commented on the reaffirmation of its AA+/Stable rating by…

OCC 2017 Total Contract Volume 3rd Highest Ever; Markets must prep for more volatility Standard

Lead Stories OCC 2017 Total Cleared Contract Volume Up Four Percent, Third Highest Volume Year Ever OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced 2017 volume reached the third highest total cleared contract volume ever with 4,327,576,930 contracts, a four percent increase from the 4,167,747,777 cleared contracts in 2016. December cleared volume was 346,006,092 contracts, up three percent from December 2016. OCC also reported record-breaking 2017 volume for cleared futures with 138,029,762 cleared contracts; a 32 percent increase from 2016. /goo.gl/dnQLzH Markets must prepare for more volatility; Never before have central bank balance sheets been so large…

Oil Signals to Watch in 2018; 2018, the year of the active fund manager?; Chicago firms gear up for MiFID Standard

Observations & Insight Editor’s Note There will not be an edition of JLN Options tomorrow – we will be back January 2, 2018. So, this marks our last email (on a pretty thin options news day) of an extremely eventful year, yet one historically devoid of volatility. Here’s to 2018! Maybe the VIX will hit 30, the short vol trade will get busted up, market makers will proliferate, fees will decrease, capital rules will make sense, roses will smell better and a whole bunch of other stuff. See you then. Lead Stories Five Oil Signals to Watch in 2018 Alex…

Nasdaq Volatility Gauge; BlockTower Capital behind $1m bitcoin options bet; Field Guide to 2018 Volatility Trades Standard

Lead Stories Watch Out VIX: Nasdaq Amps Up Volatility Game Nasdaq is working on an alternative to Cboe’s market fear gauge Gunjan Banerji – WSJ The VIX is getting a rival. Nasdaq Inc. is working on launching futures and options linked to an index that uses a different way to track volatility in the S&P 500, the benchmark gauge for the U.S. stock market, said people familiar with the matter. The launch is subject to regulatory approval and would compete against the market’s so-called fear gauge from Cboe Global Markets Inc. /goo.gl/dbx61F ****SD: Not the first time a rival product…

Million-Dollar Bet Bitcoin Skyrockets to $50,000; A Year for the History Books; VIX of Tech Stocks Standard

Observations & Insight Editor’s Note Due to the Christmas holiday, there will not be a JLN Options Newsletter Friday, Monday and Tuesday (December 22, 25 and 26). Have a good time – bust out the apparel that hides in the back of a drawer for 11 months, have some nog, make jokes about coal and try to not to fight with the fam. See you all in a bit. ++++++ Seed CX Swaps Hemp For Cryptocurrencies Spencer Doar – JLN Bitcoin hit the derivatives mainstream, but what about its other crypto cohorts? On Tuesday, it was announced that Bittrex, a…

Advocating for a stronger U.S. options market; $60m bond trade; BofA to Become MiFID II Venue for Derivatives Standard

Observations & Insight Bittrex Inc. takes controlling strategic stake in Seed opening new trading opportunities for Institutional Crypto Trading Seed CX Seed CX Ltd (“Seed”) today announced a strategic investment by Bittrex Inc., a US-based cryptocurrency trading platform. Seed is currently onboarding institutional participants and will launch spot and derivative crypto trading in Q1 2018. Bittrex is one of the largest crypto trading venues in the world, with over $3 billion notional traded on a daily basis and over 2 million customers. Seed operates a swap execution facility, Seed SEF, registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Edward Woodford, CEO…

VIX bets surging; LCH begins credit options clearing; Fast moving stocks Standard

Lead Stories Stock market volatility, VIX bets are surging Joe Ciolli – Business Insider Traders are betting more and more that the stock market will soon snap out of its prolonged slumber. This can be seen through a measure called skew, which looks at bullish CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, options contracts compared with bearish ones. It’s at its highest level in two years, having risen swiftly in recent weeks, indicating an expected volatility spike. jlne.ws/2D347UR ****SD: Mentions 50 Cent – in 2018, I hope we get more hip-hop themed volatility traders. LCH begins credit options clearing Helen Bartholomew –…

Duelling bitcoin futures go head-to-head as CME launches contract; Big Clampdown on Derivatives Has a Bitcoin-Shaped Hole Standard

Observations & Insight The Spread – Week of 12/11 – 12/15 JohnLothianNews.com Our second installation of The Spread! The Spread is a brief recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. The following stories are referenced in this week’s installment: Bloomberg – Robinhood Is Making Even More Trades Free, Taking on the Options Market   WSJ – Volatility Is Low But Ambiguity Is Sky High   Eurex – Low-Volatility 2017 Marks High Demand for VSTOXX   Business Insider – Trader ’50 Cent’ lost $197 million betting on market meltdown   CFO – Options Clearing Corp. CFO Focuses…

Traders snap up $80 Brent calls; EM volatility; Quad witching Standard

Observations & Insight Carolyn Leonard – Women In Finance JohnLothianNews.com ” I had brokers with very large decks telling me to my face that they’ve never traded with a woman, they weren’t going to trade with me and that I shouldn’t take it personally… A lot of those same guys became awesome friends, but we had a real rocky start.” In this profile video from John Lothian News, Carolyn Leonard recalls her journey through the volatile world of trading at the Chicago Board Options Exchange beginning in the late ’70s. Leonard started trading after a divorce, with two young children…