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Suspect trading in Equifax options; Risks From ‘Shadow Insurance’ Business; $1 Silver Options Bet Standard

Observations & Insight House passes hurricane aid, debt ceiling extension, government funding Christina Wilkie – CNBC The House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly backed the Senate’s version of a bill raising the nation’s borrowing limit for three months, funding the government and providing $15.3 billion in aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey. jlne.ws/2weDgQP ****SD: It’s not your imagination — there are more curveballs thrown of late. See the Sports Illustrated cover story from May – Forget velocity, the curveball’s resurgence is changing modern pitching. ++++++ TradeStation Expands “TradeStation Salutes” Program to Include First Responders Program Now Offers Commission-Free Trading for…

Options Market Says Buy the Dip; Issues With Volatility Short-Selling Guru Standard

Lead Stories Options Market to Investors: Buy the Dip; Options traders aren’t pricing in a correction during September and October, even as worries abound. Steve Sears – Barron’s The options market is sending a message to stock investors: Keep calm and buy the dip. Despite the recent turbulence in the market, Standard & Poor’s 500 index options, which are used to hedge stock portfolios, are priced as if investors have little to worry about over the next two months. This stands in sharp contrast to the recent eruption of market commentary that warns stocks could severely tumble for any number…

Shorting the VIX Could Be Terrible; Financials Bulls Tested; LCH plans G10 NDFs, options Standard

Lead Stories Why Shorting the VIX Could Be a Terrible Idea Jared Dillian – Equities.com The New York Times’ DealBook had a great piece of journalism a couple of days ago about short VIX carry monkeys. Well, that is what I call them. The article features a former Target logistics manager who has goosed his net worth up to $12 million by betting that the VIX will go down. He is in the process of raising $100 million for a VIX-smashing hedge fund. /goo.gl/ngccN3 ****SD: Dillian – “If this really does blow up, there is going to be some soul-searching…

Nasdaq Sues MIAX Parent Co.; VIX ETP Liquidation Scenario?; ETF volatility effects Standard

Observations & Insight August 2017 Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC ++++++ OCC Cleared Contract Volume Up 19 Percent in August OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that total cleared contract volume in August was 395,912,022 contracts, up 19 percent from August 2016 volume of 331,447,840 contracts. Cleared futures reached a record volume with 14,923,607 contracts in August. OCC’s year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume is up four percent from 2016 with 17,068,192 contracts in 2017. jlne.ws/2xMsyDt ++++++ The Patent World Jim Kharouf – JLN We’re back in court today. On Friday, Nasdaq filed suit against…

Cloudy with clearing: What the next clearing house looks like Standard

John Davidson joined OCC as president and chief operating officer in May with a firm focus on ushering in the next generation of clearing technology for the world’s largest clearing organization. Davidson is one of several recent executive team hires tasked with executing the switch from one established technology platform to something new. This is no small task for Davidson, who reports to OCC Chairman and CEO Craig Donohue and works closely with Scot Warren, OCC’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. OCC’s ENCORE system now stands at about 20 years old, and while there have been many upgrades,…

VIX pioneer Dan Galai interview; Betting on risk is risky; FX Options Update Standard

Lead Stories A pioneer of the VIX says the market is looking at volatility all wrong; VIX pioneer Dan Galai interview Joe Ciolli – Business Insider Stock market volatility — or the lack thereof — has been a hot-button topic on Wall Street of late. jlne.ws/2eM2u3f The VIX, VXX, SVXY, and volatility-linked ETFs: Betting on risk is risky Allison Schrager – Quartz No risk, no reward. That maxim has suffered recently, as the stock market has rewarded investors with steady returns amid historically low volatility. Traders looking to beat the market have fewer options in such placid conditions, so some…

CBOE After Hours Liquidity; OCC on Data; Point72 algo trader hired from Citadel Standard

Lead Stories ETH Liquidity Continues to Improve Matt McFarland – CBOE Options Blog CBOE’s Extended Trading Hours (ETH) offers trading in the Exchange’s flagship SPX, SPXW, and VIX option products beginning at 8:00 a.m. London time. CBOE made ETH available in March 2015 and has seen significant growth in 2017. Liquidity has continued to improve and has most recently dramatically increased with the entrance of two London-based dealers willing and able to commit capital to trades. Average daily volume has jumped from 4,400 contracts in 2016 to 7,500 in 2017, a 70% increase. August is on pace to be the…

More VIX ETP bets on turbulence; Bear market signals multiplying; Digital currencies worth it? Standard

Lead Stories Investors raise bets that market turbulence will ease; Two popular exchange traded funds nearly double in size this month Robin Wigglesworth and Joe Rennison in New York – Financial Times Investors have ratcheted up bets that the stock market’s recent turbulence will ease despite the biggest monthly losses in almost a year, doubling the size of two popular exchange traded funds this month. There has been a proliferation of exchange-traded products that are tied to the value of the Vix, Wall Street’s so-called “Fear Gauge”. The Vix reflects the turbulence of the S&P 500 implied by option prices,…

JLN Options: All about the crowd in VIX ETPs Standard

Observations & Insight Hurricane to Cost Tens of Billions, but a Quick Recovery Is Expected Conor Dougherty and Nelson D. Schwartz – NY Times The brutal storm pummeling the Houston area is likely to rank as one of the nation’s costliest natural disasters, with tens of billions in lost economic activity and property damage across a region crucial to the energy, chemical and shipping industries. But economists say the region is likely to recover quickly and may even experience a bump in growth from rebuilding. nyti.ms/2xKa4Ct ++++++ Deluged Texas Braces for More Rain, and Years of Recovery Julie Turkewitz, Richard…