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Bitcoin futures start trading; IEX and LTSE team up; Another Deutsche Boerse leadership change? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff If you, too, want to help crash the Cboe website, or check out its bitcoin futures prices, you can click HERE.~JJL As of 7:20 AM Chicago time, 2918 contracts of Cboe bitcoin had traded.~JJL Breaking news: A pipe bomb exploded at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. One person is reportedly in custody and he apparently was the only one injured.~JK Congratulations to the CME Group, which raised $186,000 for its Movember Foundation campaign, including its $125,000 corporate donation, to shine the spotlight on men’s health in the areas of…

The Spread: Week of 12/4 – 12/8 Video

A JLN debut! The Spread is a brief weekly recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. (It won’t always be this crypto heavy – we swear.) The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode of The Spread: WSJ – What Could Stir Up the VIX? Higher Inflation Bloomberg – Pound’s Acid Test on Brexit Is Yet to Come for Options Traders Highly Evolved Vol Blog – The Crowded Short Vol Trade JLN – Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Bloomberg – Congress Passes Two-Week Spending Bill to Avoid Dec. 9 Shutdown

The Pound’s Brexit Test; FX Flash Crashes; Basel Rules Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Spencer Doar – JLN My fantasy football team was bad this year. The Detroit Lions in 2008 bad. I went 0-13. A mathematically inclined friend in the same league ran the numbers – not sure of the specifics, but he used ESPN’s point predictions versus actual performance – and his calculations showed that my abhorrent results were nearly three standard deviations outside the norm. I would not have found this nearly as amusing before I started covering the options space and following earnings seasons. Bottom line, that frees up some of Sunday night. Good…

The Future of Bitcoin (Futures) – with Lanre Sarumi Blog,Video,video

With the launch of the first bitcoin futures only a couple of days away, JLN asked Lanre Sarumi, the CEO of the quantitative analytics software firm Riskbone as well as CEO of Level Trading Field, a free online financial news and analytics platform, what traders should know before taking the plunge into this very new product. Sarumi spoke about who will be trading the fledgling futures and why, the differences between the proposed contracts at Cboe, CME and Nasdaq, and some strategies traders might use to make the most of the current bitcoin mania.   For those who want to…

Inflationary VIX shock potential and other vol catalysts; Bitcoin pushback Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable as China urges calm Soyoung Kim, Heekyong Yang – Reuters Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war “an established fact”. /goo.gl/g6LF1Y ****SD: We’ve made it this far in the “year of low volatility.” This North Korea update and the below Palestinian story are two of the first things I see scanning my feeds this morning. The other story I saw? Bitcoin hits $16k. No words……

Wall Street banks push back on launch of bitcoin futures; Traders Want to Know What Exchanges Earn From Market Data; Blockchain Scores Major Win as Aussie Exchange Plans Shift John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Wedbush’s margin policy for bitcoin trading found its way to my inbox. In order to trade the Cboe bitcoin futures, a trader must have a minimum equity of $10K in their account. For accounts under $1 million in total equity, the margins are two times the exchange minimums. For the CME’s bitcoin futures, the account size is $50K minimum and if less than $5 million, you get double exchange margins. ~JJL STA Chicago’s marketing material for the 92nd Annual Mid-Winter Meeting – held Jan 10 through 12 – is Game of Thrones themed. *tips cap*…

CME fee rises vex trading industry; Decline of OTC derivatives trading; VIX research Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Cboe chief on Jamie Dimon: He’s welcome to try shorting bitcoin Jeff Cox – CNBC If JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon wants to bet against bitcoin, the head of Cboe Global Markets is only too happy to give him the venue to place his wager. jlne.ws/2BLJ3l7 ****SD: Jamie Dimon probably regrets expressing an opinion on BTC. He thought he’d throw a punch, not realizing he’d become the bag. +++++ Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Spencer Doar – JLN Aren’t people supposed be getting into holiday mode? Isn’t December supposed to be slow, with…

‘We may be stupid’ for waiting on bitcoin futures, NYSE owner says; New York Stock Exchange owner ICE holds back on crypto-futures; CME fee rises vex struggling high-speed trading industry John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Tom Farley is just having too much fun as CEO of NYSE. He is making the most of the NYSE media platform. Yesterday he was hanging out with George Springer of the Houston Astros, the World Series MVP, on the floor of the NYSE with the World Series trophy.~JJL Net Neutrality Update: This all happened around Thanksgiving, but it is worth sharing that Comcast, which had promised not to block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content, deleted that pledge the same day the FCC announced it would repeal net neutrality. A tweet @loresjoberg posted regarding…

The Silent Screams of the Bitcoin Shorts Blog,Commentary,Feature,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Mwiki,ReformWiki,Tech / HFT

If bitcoin were a standard commodity or securities instrument, headlines would be screaming about how the “shorts” were being squeezed. With bitcoin in a parabolic price rise, some calling it a mania, there are no shorts to scream bloody murder. Many commodities and companies have key constituents who apply political pressure when futures markets are moving so sharply that common sense tells you there is something wrong or unbalanced happening in the market. Sometimes rules are changed or obscure procedures exercised at futures exchanges in order to accommodate an orderly liquidation of positions in cases where the powers that be…