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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…

Short vol losses a cautionary tale for using leverage; EU probes UK tax treatment of commodity derivatives; Bull market birthday Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Miscellaneous Notes for March 9 Spencer Doar – JLN A chunk of the JLN crew will be down in Florida for FIA Boca from Monday through Friday. We have a ton of content lined up with all sorts of finance and technology luminaries – the next month is going to be a torrent of insight and perspective from all corners of the industry. If you are not around, the FIA will be broadcasting some of the key sessions with recordings available after the fact. Just go to FIA’s Boca page. Speaking of next week, our episodes of…

Greed, for Lack of a Better Word, Is Taking a Big Hit Today; Federal Reserve’s Moves May Ignite Volatility Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Greed, for Lack of a Better Word, Is Taking a Big Hit Today Cormac Mullen – Bloomberg One of the best performing trades this year reversed course Thursday as stocks fell and volatility bounced back. The VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term exchange-traded note, ticker XIV, which lets investors bet on continued low volatility, fell as much as 4.5 percent Thursday, after closing at a record high the day before. jlne.ws/2xQUhkW Federal Reserve’s Moves May Ignite Volatility Wall Street Craves Goldman Sachs (GS) Predicts Bradley Keoun – TheStreet U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweets haven’t done it. North Korean leader…

VIX Fears; CME Launches Wednesday Weekly Options Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Wall Street’s ‘fear gauge’ on pace for record closing nadir as stock market trades at all-time high Mark DeCambre – MarketWatch A popular measure of Wall Street volatility was headed to an all-time low, highlighting a protracted period of subdued moves on Wall Street, as assets considered risky climb to records. The CBOE Volatility Index VIX, -3.53% often referred to as the market’s fear gauge, was trading recently at 9.14, which would mark the lowest close for the indicator since Dec. 22, 1993 when it ended at 9.31. jlne.ws/2fTF9R3 ****SD: XIV is trading above 100 today for the…

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…

Fund manager bets millions that traders are about to get whipsawed by volatility Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Fund manager bets millions that traders are about to get whipsawed by volatility Shawn Langlois – MarketWatch ‘If central banks want to keep saving the day, that is fine. But volatility will then be transmuted through other forms like populism and identity politics and threaten the fabric of democracy. And that is something that my hedge fund will never be able to protect against.’ jlne.ws/2fbi6kv An investing legend who’s nailed the bull market at every turn sees no end in sight for the 269% rally Joe Ciolli – Business Insider When Laszlo Birinyi talks about the stock market,…

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,…

JPMorgan develops robot to execute high-speed trades; London Metal Exchange – what’s next for the new lord of the ring?; The Great Corn Clash Is Coming as U.S., Brazil Farmers Face Off John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Today we share with you the remembrances of several industry colleagues of the late Magnus Bˆcker on his life and the impact it had on them and our markets. We hear from Craig Donohue of OCC, Sutat Chew and Michael Syn of SGX, Adena Friedman of Nasdaq, Walt Lukken of the FIA, Nandini Sukumar of WFE, Phupinder Gill (formerly of CME Group), Nils-Robert Persson of Cinnober and Terry Duffy of the CME Group.~JJL Jim Kharouf is on a well-deserved vacation this week with his family. John Lothian has returned from Boy Scout…

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…