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VIX Isn’t Broke; CAT Privacy Bill; WMDs for next crash Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The State of Options Market Making in One Image; Happy 45th Anniversary of the Black Scholes Formula At the Options Industry Conference in Amelia Island, Fla., Trade Alert President Henry Schwartz gave his annual “State of the Industry” presentation. The presentation is always chock full of great graphs and information – the word cloud image above is always a favorite. In the picture, liquidity providers are sized according to their industry presence – the bigger the firm’s book, the bigger its name appears. Schwartz said Susquehanna is not sized to the same scale as the rest because…

Oil volatility migrates from flat prices to spreads; Hedging is about to make a comeback on global crude oil markets; Hedging risk at peak levels through 2016 Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Oil volatility migrates from flat prices to spreads John Kemp – Reuters “Volatility can be neither created nor destroyed, rather it transforms from one form into another,” is a pretty fair summary of how the oil market works (with apologies to physicists). The benchmark price of Brent crude has been unusually stable since the middle of December, but there has been plenty of movement in the futures strip and crack spreads. Hedge funds have amassed an unusually large net long position in crude futures and options betting on a further increase in benchmark prices, but the position has…

Give the People What They Want Commentary,Options

By Henry Schwartz – President, Trade Alert When people ask what sparked the idea for our real-time option flow monitor, I have a simple answer- Ian.   Ian was the top producing derivative salesperson on Wall Street when I was a trader, and his clients were primarily ‘fast money’ hedge funds who demanded size markets and top notch service in exchange for their commission dollars.  In those days an upstairs trading floor could be as loud as an exchange floor at times- with salespeople yelling across the aisle at traders who were usually on two phones at the same time.  Ian…

JLN Options: ISE Cancels Jumbo S&P 500 Options Debut on Liquidity Concern Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories ISE Cancels Jumbo S&P 500 Options Debut on Liquidity Concern Nikolaj Gammeltoft, BloombergBusinessweekInternational Securities Exchange, the second-biggest U.S. options market, withdrew plans to trade larger-size options on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) amid concerns the contracts may threaten market liquidity.http://jlne.ws/14aVjnJ Court Won’t Block Vote on NYSE and ICE DealPeg Brickley, Dow Jones Newswires (via Fox News)A Delaware corporate-law judge on Friday refused to block the merger of NYSE Euronext (NYX) and Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE), dumping a challenge by shareholders who argued the deal was flawed.http://jlne.ws/14aZ1xT The Most Valuable Formula Ever CreatedAlex Planes, The Motley FoolOn…