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China’s VIX Goes Dark; Hidden Corners of Credit Selloff; LJM fund lawsuit Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories China’s VIX Goes Dark as Government Clamps Down on Options Bloomberg News State-run index compiler stopped updating the gauge Thursday; Move is designed to curb options trading, people say China stopped updating its homegrown version of the VIX Index, taking another step to discourage speculation in equity-linked options after authorities tightened trading restrictions last week. State-run China Securities Index Co. didn’t publish a value for the SSE 50 ETF Volatility Index on its website Thursday. An employee who answered CSI’s inquiry line said the company stopped updating the measure to work on an upgrade. The move was designed…

Blockbuster – CME looks to increase back month activity in ag futures Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature

Twenty years ago, block trading of agricultural commodity futures never would have seen the light of day. There was no way the locals in the pit would have let block trades in corn or wheat or any of the other ag products happen. They would have demanded a piece of the action. Markets sure don’t look like they did two decades ago, though, and on Monday, block trades – large, privately negotiated trades executed off the floor or electronic market but cleared by the exchange – were executed in hogs, Black Sea wheat and urea fertilizer. Tuesday saw some corn…

A Winding Path of Reinvention – Thomas Ascher Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“A risk-free life is a boring life. I’m not advocating taking stupid risks. Don’t. Understand the risks, but you can’t explore things if you don’t take some risk.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, Thomas Ascher, an independent financial executive and former CSO of the International Securities Exchange, explains the proper steps on how to reinvent yourself. Ascher has worn many hats with quite a few companies over the years — NQLX, CBOE, Interactive Brokers — not to mention his time hawking cassette tapes out of his college dorm room. Ascher says that…

Threats to US ag trade with China, Mexico ‘far bigger deal’ than TPP’s loss; No Coat, No Tie Leads to Rough Start for Accused Insider Trader; VIX – nowhere to go but up? Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Threats to US ag trade with China, Mexico ‘far bigger deal’ than TPP’s loss Agrimoney.com Threats to US trade with China or Mexico, which have been raised by Donald Trump’s US presidency, look far more serious than the loss of the TPP deal, a senior CME Group executive said, foreseeing a jump in ag price volatility. Erik Norland, executive director and senior economist of CME Group, downplayed President Trump’s decision on Monday to withdraw the US from the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal, saying that “I do not think it really changes very much”. /goo.gl/yIXdau ****SD:…

Cattle Call: CME Group’s David Lehman Explains Changes to Cattle Contract Specs Interview,Video

Futures markets exist primarily as a risk management tool for participants. As such, a futures contract is most effective if and when it reflects the fundamentals in the underlying cash market. On August 5, 2016, CME Group announced several changes to its live cattle futures contracts to do just that. John Lothian News spoke with Dave Lehman, managing director of commodity research and product development at CME Group, about the changes which, pending CFTC approval, will go into effect later in August 2016.  “We are going to be applying a seasonal discount at Worthing, SD, one of our delivery points, of  $1.50…