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OCC margin breaches spike in Q1; Flash crash blame game Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Traders Grapple With a Big Question: Are Tariffs Priced In? Samuel Potter – Bloomberg After months of simmering tension between the world’s two largest economies, the U.S. will impose tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods at just after midnight on Friday. The key question for financial markets: will it trigger fresh volatility, or is the trade war escalation already priced in? /jlne.ws/2Kzbiv7 ****SD: Well?! Are they? Lead Stories OCC margin breaches spike in Q1 Alessandro Aimone – Risk.net (SUBSCRIPTION) The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC), the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing house, reported 38 margin breaches…

Binary options are dead; Heat wave slowing markets; LCH’s record first half John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Sunday members of the JLN team head to New York for the summer’s first sessions of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity. On Monday we are at Thomson Reuters in Times Square for one session. On Wednesday we are at Nasdaq for two sessions. The details of the events and sign up information is available HERE. Don’t forget to sign up your interns or send your college age children. On Tuesday, Nasdaq is hosting two sessions of Trading Tech 300 and Nasdaq’s Allan Schoenberg will be teaching a merit badge workshop on the Public…

Cboe Plans December 10 Launch of Bitcoin Futures Trading; VIX Options Set New Daily Volume Record on Friday, December 1 Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Cboe Plans December 10 Launch of Bitcoin Futures Trading Cboe Cboe Global Markets, Inc., one of the world’s largest exchange holding companies, today announced that Cboe Futures Exchange (CFE), plans to offer trading in bitcoin futures beginning at 5:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at the start of Global Trading Hours. Monday, December 11, will be the first full day of trading, and trading will be free1 through December. /goo.gl/QmQvjD ****SD: From Bloomberg – Cboe Says It Will Start Bitcoin Futures Trading on Dec. 10, Giving it a Week of Exclusivity VIX Options Set New Daily…

Goldman and JPMorgan lead in equity derivatives; Harvest Vol Mangement profile; Spot Trading layoffs Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight 30 Under 30 Finance: The Top Young Traders, Dealmakers And Big Money Innovators Antoine Gara, Lauren Gensler, Kristin Stoller and Nathan Vardi – Forbes The Wall Street landscape is becoming younger, digitized and more entrepreneurial. Technological and innovative forces are reshaping the world of money and they can be seen on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Finance list. jlne.ws/2AG3pe9 +++++ Well You Did Ask… Highly Evolved Vol We recently moved into some new offices in a co-working space. I love it. It makes admin tasks so much easier. There is free coffee. The staff is friendly…

Fed plan threatens FCM capital jump; Shorting vol; Macquarie leapfrogs Goldman Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Fed G-Sib plan threatens 50bp jump in FCM capital Louie Woodall – Risk.net A below-the-radar move to tweak the way the US Federal Reserve assesses systemic risk could force banks to raise billions of dollars in extra capital to support their client clearing businesses, critics claim. A rule change proposed by the Fed on August 24 would require banks to include all cleared derivatives transactions in its Banking Organization Systemic Risk Report, known as FR Y-15. The report is used to calculate the capital surcharge for the eight US global systemically important banks. The new reporting requirement would…

The FBI is Organizing an International Fight Against Binary Options Fraud; Volatility, Stocks in Strange Dance; Wall Street lower as oil drop hits energy stocks – Fed eyed Newsletter,Options

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Bitcoin Options Firm LedgerX Crosses Key Launch Hurdle; The Volatility Bubbling Just Below The Surface; Popularity of WTI Options Has Risen Alongside Volatility in Crude Oil Prices Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight More Turnover At The Top: Garry Jones Out At LME Jim Kharouf, JLN Garry Jones is out as CEO of the London Metal Exchange, perhaps marking a new path for the metals bourse. From a personal perspective, Jones is among the CEO set with deep knowledge of the derivatives and exchange space, with stints at NYSE LIFFE/NYSE Euronext, ICAP and BrokerTec. His insight into the derivatives space was usually thoughtful and on target. He inherited an exchange that was due for major changes and he implemented them. Switching the LME from its prior member-owned culture to one…

Hints of Fear in Bank Stock Options Ahead of Earnings; Chicago’s vast exchanges have got their eyes on retail FX customers; Maker-Taker Needs To Go Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Hints of Fear in Bank Stock Options Ahead of Earnings Gunjan Banerji – WSJ As earnings season kicks off this week, the options market is signaling that a pause may be looming for the euphoric rally in bank stocks. Since mid-December, investors have boosted the number of bearish options on financial shares at a faster pace than for bullish contracts—a reversal from the weeks immediately after the U.S. election. jlne.ws/2iktztv ****SD: Well, there are higher expectations to beat, right? Successes already baked in, etc. Chicago’s vast exchanges have got their eyes on retail FX customers Andrew Saks-McLeod –…

John Lothian Newsletter: White House Prepares to Nominate Ex-House Aide for CFTC Seat; Treasurys Trading Is Focus of Probes; Giant Hedge Fund’s Radical Idea: Performance Guaranteed or Your Money Back John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Innovation Ecosystems: Unlocking real value through fintech innovation Steve Grob – Director of Group Strategy, Fidessa Barely a day goes by without another announcement from a Fintech startup that says it is going to do to capital markets what Uber or Airbnb have done to the transport and accommodation industries. Many of these initiatives are based upon the growing realisation that the central pillar of modern commerce, capitalism, is being morphed into something new based upon the possibilities presented by almost limitless digitisation, the sharing economy and a world of almost zero marginal cost. And yet for capital…