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OCC Volume Up 15 Percent in March; Vol’s Bite; Goldman’s Vol View Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight March 2018 Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC Lead Stories OCC Cleared Contract Volume Up 15 Percent in March OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that total cleared contract volume in March reached 442,945,572 contracts, a 15 percent increase from March 2017. OCC’s year-to-date volume is up 32 percent with 1,400,345,396 cleared contracts in the first quarter of 2018, compared to 1,058,670,212 contracts in the first quarter of 2017. /jlne.ws/2GJUrmT ****SD: It will be nice to have volatility and increased activity to talk about at OIC this year. Volatility’s Bite Returns Ginger Szala…

Accessing Hidden Liquidity in ETFs and Their Listed Options; The Real Threats to the Equity Bull Mkt Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Cybersecurity is very, very tough: How a SIFMU’s cyber chief sees the threat Spencer Doar – JLN It’s alarming and getting ugly. The Equifax hack in March compromised the personal information of an estimated 40 percent of the United States population. The Bangladeshi central bank is down $81 million after the SWIFT messaging system was hacked in early 2016. The SEC recently disclosed that a 2016 hack of its EDGAR database may have resulted in trading on nonpublic information for personal gain. Then there are the cyber breaches of retailers: Target in 2013, which settled for $18.5…

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

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,…

VIX’s Highest Close Since Election Sparks Record Rush to Protect; Investors ponder further shocks after North Korea jolt Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Seeking Opportunity Everywhere in the Market – JJ Kinahan Education.MarketsWiki.com “The greatest expression I’ve ever heard is, ‘The harder I work, the more opportunity I get.’” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, JJ Kinahan, managing director and chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade, talks about seizing opportunity in every corner of the markets. Kinahan grew up in a large Irish-American family, and figured he would become a carpenter or an electrician. Instead, he landed a job at the CBOE one summer and never looked back. Kinahan says in the early…

SEC Targets Illicit Options Trades Made Ahead of Telecom Deal; Markets Aren’t Normal and Neither Are You; VIX Index Soars in Warning to Trump’s Bull Market Newsletter,Options

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Lead Stories SEC Targets Illicit Options Trades Made Ahead of Telecom Deal; Regulator freezes assets in accounts linked to suspicious activity Chris Dieterich – WSJ If you’re trading on inside information, maybe be a bit more discreet? The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday announced a court order to freeze assets in brokerage accounts that made suspicious, windfall-reaping options trades ahead of an acquisition announced last week. At issue are short-dated, out-out-of-the-money calls bought days before Liberty Interactive announced its acquisition of General Communication, a telecom provider. /goo.gl/Pc57qx Markets Aren’t Normal and Neither Are You Thomas Preston – The Ticker…

Profiles: Lee Stern Interview,Video

Lee Stern has seen it all in his career – the highs of great markets and the lows of market scandal. After completing his military service in 1947, Stern enrolled in Roosevelt College and then found his way to the Chicago Board of Trade after answering an ad for a runner on the floor. From there, he began what has been a 65-year career as a trader, broker and member at the CBOT. Stern recalls the thrill of making his first spread trade and the low point in 1992, when a customer schemed to manipulate the bond market and lost…