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Short-VIX Trade Shows Few Signs of Fading; More BTC; Sleepy Oil; Markets Numb to Risk Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bitcoin stirs volatility fears as it heads for $10,000 Hannah Murphy – Financial Times The price of bitcoin soared to record highs on Monday and approached the symbolic $10,000 threshold even as some traditional marketplaces warned they were becoming “uncomfortable” with the volume and volatility of trading in the cryptocurrency. on.ft.com/2BmDb0m ****SD: Some folks must be making that “baby’s first taste of lemon” face. Just two weeks ago – when BTC was trading for less than $8k – LedgerX initiated it’s first long-term bitcoin futures option with a strike of $10,000 (sold/bought for $2,250.25). The contract expires…

Bitcoin’s Trading Star is DRW’s Cumberland Mining; Itiviti and ULLINK announce tie-up; BoE chief on LSE row John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff DRW’s cryptocurrency division is called Cumberland Mining & Materials LLC., named after the Grateful Dead song “Cumberland Blues,” about a hardworking miner, according to today’s Wall Street Journal story. ~JK Fun fact: In the first three quarters of 2017, $2.774 trillion of MSCI Index-based futures and options traded globally. That’s nearly 50 percent more than the first three quarters of 2016.~SD Care to express your views on cryptocurrencies without trading them? Apparently, you can buy ugly crypto holiday sweaters now (and yes, the checkout supports cryptocurrencies). Visual Capitalist has a cool infographic…

Are Chicago trading firms losing out in consolidation?; Hackers target weakest links for insider trading gain John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff As part of the sponsorship of the MarketsWiki Education Recruiting event, some sponsors get a one-minute video produced to tell the story of their internship program. Here is the one from HC Technologies titled, “HC Technologies Talks About Shaping the Next Generation of Derivatives Traders.”~JJL Congrats to Adrienne and Stuart Muir, Alison Hood, Cathy Lyall, Wendy Deguara, Clive Furness, Clare Black, Katy Birch, Jo Sullivan, Rob Alexander, Jo Shannon and Julie Carruthers, who raised £9,748.75 for NICU at Evelina on September 30th. Ibuprofen and heat/ice help.~JK From MarketsWiki: The Indian Energy Exchange…

SEC chairman belatedly learned of 2016 agency hack; CurveGlobal trades 1.5 million lots since launch John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff NFA is conducting a survey about its BASIC database. Please click HERE to offer your input. ~JJL JLN spoke with the OCC’s Mark Morrison, the clearinghouse’s chief security officer, about cybersecurity in financial markets. Check it out below. It’s not as though there have been any big headlines drawing attention to the subject matter of late… Oh, wait, what’s that? Deloitte was hit by a hack, too? ~SD LME Week is October 31 to November 3. Look HERE for details. ~JJL Congratulations to CurveGlobal on the [https://goo.gl/WfpJsB|one year anniversary]] of their launch….

Now Even the Fed’s Worried That Stock Volatility Is Too Low; Growth in U.S. Listed Options Volumes Hinges on Sustained Market Volatility in 2017; Only ‘Blind Faith’ Could Cause Me to Be Long This Market Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian William “Bill” Hagerty, Jr., former chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade and one of the industry’s great gentlemen, has passed away at the age of 87. Bill was the head of what was once the longest tenured member firm of the CBOT, Hagerty Grain, and was a customer of mine when I was a broker. From that relationship I had the opportunity to get to know Bill and came to respect him greatly. When I ran for the NFA Board of Directors back in the early 2000s as an…

BoE told to firm up oversight of clearing and other support; Biggest banks each set to be hit with $200m trading rule costs; Smaller companies fear threat from new financial regulation John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read New CEO, Updated Offices By John J. Lothian, Executive Chairman Today is the first day in the reign of Jim Kharouf as king….err… CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. He takes command in our newly updated offices in the CBOT Building, which are not quite done yet. Friday we learned we had an unresolved heating and air conditioning situation that needed to be resolved. We will begin to move in the office this afternoon and hope the work is done by tomorrow. In the new game of thrones, Jim will now sit on the iron hot…

EU calls on clearing houses not to become ‘too big too fail’; CME Group Announces Record Open Interest of 117 Million Contracts, Interest Rate Complex Hits 69.5 Million; Hong Kong Investors’ Wait to Trade Shenzhen Stocks Is Over John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Later today John Lothian News will be publishing an exclusive video interview with the incoming president and CEO of the National Futures Association, Tom Sexton. Our Jim Kharouf sat down with Sexton in the NFA’s offices last week. We will also be publishing this week some print stories from Jim following up on his trip to Colombia and the WFE Annual Meeting in Cartagena, Colombia. He has a U.S. Treasury story that features KCG’s CEO Dan Coleman and a Bitcoin story. Our condolences to Jeff Bergstrom and my wife on the…

Finding Money in the Margins; Carney Dials Guidance Way Down as BOE Sees Future Wide Open; Quant Wars Seen Whipping Up Stock Volatility as Election Nears John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read In Honor of a Historic Victory JLN Staff The Chicago Cubs victory in the World Series over Cleveland was the beginning of a historic celebration. Since the Cubs nail-biting Game 7 victory came in Cleveland, Chicago Cubs fans have not had the opportunity to celebrate with the newly crowned champs. Today, there will be a huge parade starting at the Friendly Confines and winding its way to Grant Park. The crowd is likely to be mind boggling. City officials have not even released the full route, rather referring people to soak in the scene at three locations: Addison…

John Lothian Newsletter: Four signs another eurozone financial crisis is looming; Battered Bank Stocks Reflect Not Just Jitters, but Mistrust; Chinese Start to Lose Confidence in Their Currency John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Today I hand off editing of this newsletter to the John Lothian News team. You might think that is a big thing, but it isn’t. This team contributes greatly to this newsletter everyday, sculpting it into the quality and informative missive that it is. Every morning Jim Kharouf, Doug Ashburn, Jeff Bergstrom and Sarah Rudolph rise from their bedchambers and contribute to this newsletter (we let Spencer Doar sleep in). That will not change in the next few weeks. My contributions to this newsletter during this time will be curtailed as…