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The OCC Capital Plan; LME’s Copper Dominance Tested; VIX Surge JLN Options Newsletter,Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Tuesday’s Tidbits Spencer Doar – JLN Yes, the VIX has been on the rise, but VIX activity pales in comparison to that of Cboe’s Brazilian volatility gauge (VXEWZ), which is the VIX methodology applied to the iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund (EWZ) instead of the S&P 500. It averages much higher readings than the VIX, spending most of 2017 between the high 20s and mid 30s. In light of the results of Brazil’s general election – in which Jair Bolsonaro dominated 12 opponents (46 percent of the vote compared to the 29 percent of his closest opponent)…

Cboe turns to machines to police VIX; OCC’s capital plan; Chinese copper options JLN Options Newsletter,Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight T.G.I. (Almost) F. or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Pot Stock Volatility Spencer Doar – JLN Weed stocks are way more volatile than the connoisseurs of the industry’s products it seems, man. Reuters had this story yesterday – Tilray options on fire as pot-stock frenzy grips market. The craziest stat from that article was “For the week so far, the combined trading volume for Tilray and Cronos Group options was roughly 680,000 contracts, or about 2.7 percent of overall U.S. single stock options activity, Trade Alert data showed.” That stat is followed by a…

SEC “Abdicated Responsibility” Regarding OCC Capital Plan; tastytrade buys Seed Futures; Gundlach’s Options Bet Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Seed Futures Acquired by tastytrade GlobeNewswire Seed Futures LLC (“Seed Futures”) today announced that its business has been acquired by dough, Inc. (d/b/a tastytrade). ****SD: This is a development worth following. The tastytrade/dough team and their new(ish) brokerage tastyworks continue to disrupt business. Seed Futures is a subsidiary of Seed CX, the SEF started two years ago (SEF designation came in August 2016) to initially trade forwards and options on industrial hemp products. Geared to all “emerging commodities,” as they phrase it, the exchange now has tradeable products like Hass avocados, organic soybeans and Persian limes….