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Shorting the VIX Could Be Terrible; Financials Bulls Tested; LCH plans G10 NDFs, options Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Why Shorting the VIX Could Be a Terrible Idea Jared Dillian – Equities.com The New York Times’ DealBook had a great piece of journalism a couple of days ago about short VIX carry monkeys. Well, that is what I call them. The article features a former Target logistics manager who has goosed his net worth up to $12 million by betting that the VIX will go down. He is in the process of raising $100 million for a VIX-smashing hedge fund. /goo.gl/ngccN3 ****SD: Dillian – “If this really does blow up, there is going to be some soul-searching…

VIX pioneer Dan Galai interview; Betting on risk is risky; FX Options Update Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories A pioneer of the VIX says the market is looking at volatility all wrong; VIX pioneer Dan Galai interview Joe Ciolli – Business Insider Stock market volatility — or the lack thereof — has been a hot-button topic on Wall Street of late. jlne.ws/2eM2u3f The VIX, VXX, SVXY, and volatility-linked ETFs: Betting on risk is risky Allison Schrager – Quartz No risk, no reward. That maxim has suffered recently, as the stock market has rewarded investors with steady returns amid historically low volatility. Traders looking to beat the market have fewer options in such placid conditions, so some…

BOX Trading Floor Launches; Why Options ETFs Are Gaining Traction Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories BOX Trading Floor Launches PR Newswire BOX Options Exchange, an innovator in market structure and client services, is pleased to announce the launch of BOX’s new trading floor today. /goo.gl/EkJW7z Why Options ETFs Are Gaining Traction Sumit Roy – ETF.com Options strategies aren’t used very often in the exchange-traded fund world. There are only nine ETFs that regularly use options, with total assets under management of a combined $800 million—small potatoes in the $3 trillion ETF industry. But that could be changing. Strong inflows into one options-linked ETF this year suggests investors may be taking a closer look…

Chicago’s Newest Trading Floor Will Be Staffed by Humans; Standard Chartered eyes New York energy trading, bucks Wall Street trend: sources; Complex short Vix products draw fire as vol plumbs lows Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight BOXing: Let the Bodies Hit the (Options) Floor Spencer Doar – JLN Golly, there’s been a ton of action in options markets lately. First, the surge of crypto news. Last week, MIAX’s investment in LedgerX received airtime as LedgerX was approved as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO), paving the way for bitcoin options. Then CBOE got into the fray with its announcement yesterday that it has partnered with Gemini, the cryptocurrency endeavor backed by the Winklevoss twins, to use its market data to create bitcoin futures. (I expressed my skepticism of the timeline laid out by CBOE…

BOXing: Let the Bodies Hit the (Options) Floor Feature,Options

Golly, there’s been a ton of action in options markets lately. First, the surge of crypto news. Last week, MIAX’s investment in LedgerX received airtime as LedgerX was approved as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO), paving the way for bitcoin options. Then CBOE got into the fray with its announcement yesterday that it has partnered with Gemini, the cryptocurrency endeavor backed by the Winklevoss twins, to use its market data to create bitcoin futures. (I expressed my skepticism of the timeline laid out by CBOE yesterday, as they mentioned a possible Q4 launch or early 2018. I am dubious of…

Chicago’s Newest Trading Floor Will Be Staffed by Humans; NYSE on Track to Lose More ETF Listings; Big asset managers struggle to meet Mifid II deadline John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff BOX gets SEC approval for a trading floor, the CBOE picks the Winklevoss twins for bitcoin futures and earnings news from ICE and LSEG is among today’s top headlines. ICE and LSEG came out with earnings today. Check it out in Exchange News. ~JJL I like context. Morgan Housel has a blog – An Honest Business News Update – with a lovely reminder humanity is more than the sum of what gets the publicity. ~SD We have added a Hello Bar to the bottom of the MarketsWiki Education website] and to the…

BOX’s Focus in 2017: Improved Tech and a Trading Floor Blog

Much of 2017 for BOX depends on whether the exchange will get approval for its proposed trading floor. In this video from the Options Industry Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., BOX CEO Ed Boyle spoke about BOX’s motivation to open a floor, revamping the exchange’s matching engine, and helping market makers do business.      

The CAT Scratches: Fees for Options Exchanges Blog,Options

I saw a MIAX press release about Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) fee disputes and it got me thinking why there would be reason for dispute. Please note, I don’t know if the following is on any exchange’s collective mind, but it seems like point of contention. I’ll set the table with this stat from a Reuters story earlier this month – “Options execution venues with more than 1 percent of industry volume will pay $57,615 per quarter and those with less than 1 percent will pay $39,612 per quarter.” “Per venue” means per medallion/exchange. That means that MIAX would pay…

Not as Bad as it Seems: Schwartz Addresses the State of the Options Industry Blog,Commentary,Feature,Options

Henry Schwartz, president of Trade Alert, gave his annual “State of the Options Industry” address at the Options Industry Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, and painted a more optimistic picture than recent portrayals in the press.   Yes, options volumes for 2017 are predicted to be flat to slightly up, a bit more than 4 billion contracts, but to Schwartz, that is a good number given the lack of volatility. Another positive is that more institutional users are appearing in the options market. According to his calculations based on regulatory filings, some 100 institutions enter options markets annually while 85-90 drop…