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Volatility – An intellectual virus, a bubble, or both?; Huge Brazilian FX trade Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Lessons From the “Not Guilty” Verdict in This Week’s Criminal Spoofing Trial Renato Mariotti, former federal prosecutor – JLN Wednesday’s stunning “not guilty” verdict in United States v. Andre Flotron, only the second spoofing case ever taken to trial, is a reminder that it is extremely difficult for prosecutors to prove a defendant’s intent beyond a reasonable doubt in the absence of direct evidence. We should expect the DOJ and CFTC to reevaluate their charging practices in the wake of this significant defense victory. /goo.gl/KtzVVV ****SD: A related (subscription) article from Global Investor Group – Spoofing easier…

Vol or bust?; VIX lawsuits; Equity traders are killing it Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Miscellany of the Day Spencer Doar – JLN Cboe turned 45 years young and Russell Rhoads has a blog out with 45 facts about Cboe – I forgot seats were originally offered for $10,000. Using a U.S. Inflation Calculator site, the cost of a seat in 1973 is about $55,000 in today’s world. Bill Luby said in a tweet a ways back that he is working on more content for his VIX and More blog and will be dusting off the cobwebs soon. His most recent post is from May 2017. One in five financial institutions are…

Bank regulators to revise capital rules for trading risk; The Growing Influence of Asia In Derivatives Trading Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Congressional CFTC Budget Decision Lacks Vision and Reason John Lothian – JLN A reasonable person could see that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission needs an increase in its budget to address the growing responsibility it has acquired over US markets in recent years and the dramatic development and investment in fintech and cryptomarkets. A reasonable person, Democrat or Republican, would vote for the modest increase the CFTC requested unless they suffer from a chronic case of market myopia. But alas, the budget passed by the U.S. House of Representatives cuts the CFTC’s funding by $1 million…

Spot Trading Closes; EU Fintech Regulatory Roadmap; EU probes UK derivatives tax treatment John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Renato Mariotti for Illinois Attorney General; A Former Prosecutor and Current JLN Reader Is The Best Choice For Illinois AG John Lothian – JLN Democratic Attorney General candidate Renato Mariotti stopped by the John Lothian News offices in the Chicago Board of Trade Building on Tuesday, March 6 for a sit down video interview. He has been a John Lothian Newsletter reader since 2012, and he used the market and industry knowledge he gained from reading the newsletter to bolster his success as a federal prosecutor. Mariotti is a former prosecutor in the US Attorney’s office in Illinois…

Treasury Report Calls for Sweeping Changes to Financial Rules Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Thaler, Famed for ‘Nudge’ Theory, Wins Nobel Economics Prize Jonas O Bergman – Bloomberg University of Chicago’s Richard H. Thaler, one of the founders of behavioral economics and finance, was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics for shedding light on how human weaknesses such as a lack of rationality and self-control can ultimately affect markets. jlne.ws/2y7Wdre Lead Stories Treasury Report Calls for Sweeping Changes to Financial Rules Tiffany Hsu – NY Times The Trump administration is again taking aim at the Dodd-Frank Act, releasing a Treasury Department report on Friday that recommended a vast reworking of…

Equity volatility schemes seen widely used; Volatility risk endures; Laszlo Birinyi’s calls Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Crypto Developments of the Week – There Were a Lot Spencer Doar – JLN The news just won’t stop in the crypto space and with the big exchanges making moves, new platforms seemingly launched every day, ETFs trying to get off the ground and regulatory concerns, it is worth reviewing some of the week’s news. Most of the developments were setbacks. Reuters has an expose out today about how chaos and hackers stalk investors on cryptocurrency exchanges. Plus, there are ongoing concerns about about transaction and transfer costs in bitcoin as Bloomberg laid out in today’s Paying…

OCC chief Donohue latest to warn over Basel rules; Does a 263% Profit Mean Markets Are Efficient?; What History Says About Low Volatility Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight June 2017 Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC ++++++ OCC Cleared Contract Volume Up Two Percent in June OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that cleared contract volume in June reached 387,597,223 contracts, a two percent increase from the June 2016 volume of 378,908,938 contracts. OCC’s year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume was also up two percent from 2016 with 17,174,603 contracts. Cleared futures volume was up 16 percent in June with 13,194,530 contracts, and securities lending CCP activity was up 27 percent over June 2016 with 1,142,708 new loan transactions. jlne.ws/2tiXQjn ++++++…

Liquidity Providers Unduly Penalized By Capital Rules: CTC’s Crutchfield Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Interview,Options,Video,video

Financial Reform Objectives at Odds with Effects of Rules What’s a market maker to do when it can’t warehouse risk? The options industry has a problem with bank capital rules. In this JLN video, Steve Crutchfield, head of market structure with CTC, discusses the burdens placed on market makers due to rules that are out of touch with the stated goals of post-crisis reforms, as well as structural issues within options markets.    There are only three major banks with a significant footprint in clearing for options market making firms. Those banks’ ability to conduct that business is under pressure…

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…