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Derivatives trader carousel continues; Vol begs volume in June Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – Playing Ketchup – 7/19 JohnLothianNews.com As there was no installment of “The Spread” last week, we added a brief lightning round to the end of this week’s options news recap. This week’s episode also features celebrity appearances by Mr. Bill and the Kool-Aid Man. Watch the video and see the stories referenced here » ++++ TGIF Miscellany Spencer Doar – JLN According to Tabb’s Options Liquidity Matrix, the year-to-date volumes of all five U.S. options franchises (Nasdaq, NYSE, Cboe, MIAX and BOX) are beating 2017 volumes. HKEX’s USD/CNH Options hit a record high with…

The Spread – Week of 6/18 to 6/22 Video,video

We’re back to our weekly options news recap! The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode: US Options Volumes Remain on Record Pace Despite Slowing Momentum – TABB Forum  In a Year Marked by Controversy, Cboe Seeks to Improve the VIX – WSJ   CME Group and BarclayHedge Honor Managed Futures Leaders at Seventh Annual Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards – PRNewswire Exchanges, industry group petitions SEC to create committee on options market – Pensions and Investments Return of ’50 Cent’ Prompts Remix of Notorious VIX Trade – Bloomberg  Why even bigger volatility ‘accidents’ are yet to come; February’s market shock was just…

May Volumes; Fixing the VIX; 50 Cent; OIC Options Studies Newsletter,Options

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…

JLN Options: ’50 Cent’ Returns; Clinging to Risk; Central bank activity Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Miscellany for Thursday The new edition of FIA’s MarketVoice is available online. FANG+ Options went live at NYSE on Monday. Trade Alert is now live with VIX futures info. We started rolling out videos from FIA IDX. First up was ICE Europe’s Stuart Williams. Speaking of videos, we released a video with CME Group’s options head Derek Sammann where he talks about the franchise’s continued growth. In case you missed it, Robinhood’s options trading business is apparently booming. ++++++ None of Us Understand Probability RCM Alternatives This week kicks off the World Cup, and while the U.S….

Cboe lawsuit; Background on LJM losses; Vol to stay? Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Access-Fee Pilot: Fewer Fees, More Fragmentation? Rob Daly – MarketsMedia The access-fee pilot proposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may increase fragmentation in the equity markets as Cboe Global Markets considers launching two additional order books to offset the pilot’s fee caps and prohibitions. “We have six exchanges, but we use four for equities and four for options,” said Chris Concannon, president and COO of Cboe, during the National Security Traders Association’s 2018 Market Structure Symposium in Chicago. “I promised the industry previously that we would not light up those books, but with the access-fee…

JLN Options: VIX Manipulation Debate; XIV Tales; Insurance and volatility Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight What’s the Deal With the VIX Manipulation Letter? Inaccuracy and Misunderstanding Spencer Doar – JLN The big options news of the day pertains to a letter alleging VIX manipulation. The letter, written on behalf of an anonymous whistleblower by a Washington D.C. law firm, alleges market makers manipulate the VIX by quoting far out of the money SPX put options so they are included in the VIX calculation at junctures that benefit their trading activities. It’s understandable financial instruments are subject to concerns about manipulation when their inner workings are complicated and not fully understood by the…

Speculators in biggest ever U-turn on low volatility bets; Texas hedge fund Artemis plucks millions from investments; ‘50 Cent’ VIX Trade Just Paid Off to the Tune of $200 Million Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Options Miscellany From Henry Schwartz on LinkedIn : “Volatility = Opportunity for options liquidity providers after a tough 2017. Market-wide theoretical ‘edge’ on Tuesday was over $550M, including $265M in the index products, nearly 10x the typical daily edge seen in 2017 based on Trade Alert LLC data and FT Options values.” After the bloodbath in inverse VIX ETPs,a number of stories in today’s newsletter focus on the big winners from the spike in volatility. Lead Stories Speculators in biggest ever U-turn on low volatility bets Jamie McGeever – Reuters The wild gyrations rocking global markets this…

50 Cent Big Buyer of March VIX Calls; New Japanese Flex Options; Currency Volumes Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories ’50 Cent’ Is Buying Up Big on March VIX Calls Luke Kawa – Bloomberg Just as the rapper Curtis Jackson III captures attention for realizing he’s made millions on Bitcoin, the buyer of volatility options that shares his moniker is a window shopper in VIX options no longer. /goo.gl/K8sm8K ****SD: Said it before, I’ll say it again – Kawa gets the hip-hop puns. The more this options 50 Cent keeps putting on size, the harder it will be for me to find songs by the rapper to reference… I’ll probably have something to say about this on the…

The Spread – Week of 12/11 – 12/15 Video

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 on Tech Upgrade MIAX – MIAX Options Exchange Celebrates 5th Anniversary