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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…

Bond wolves; Hedging for the shale boom; Jump Trading shakeup; More BTC Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Jim Kharouf Resigns as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.; Will Continue Work with Company in Freelance Role Jim Kharouf is stepping down as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. at the end of the year after having assumed the role on January 1, 2017. Kharouf is leaving the company as an employee, but will continue to work with John Lothian News and John Lothian Productions as an independent contributor. He will also be exploring his own bespoke initiatives, including in the Fintech sector. Despite accomplishing much during his tenure at the company…

Spot Trading cuts headcount; Wall Street Fines Fall in Trump’s First Year; J.P. Morgan’s Mobile Payments Struggle John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Exchange Analytics has released a new Market Conduct Training Course.~JJL The World Gold Council reports that gold-backed ETF holdings increased by 3.3 in October to 2,347.6 tonnes. Europe led inflows, as investors added 11.2t of gold through funds; North America had outflows of 8t, reversing some September gains; funds in Asia gained 0.8t, but ETFs in other regions lost -0.7t in October. This is amid a year-on-year 9% drop in general demand for gold to 915 tonnes.~SR The CME’s Blu Putnam and Erik Norland have another piece out comparing the characteristics of…

VIX Bits: The Thermometer Isn’t Broken Blog,Commentary,Options

On the 30th anniversary of the ‘87 market crash last week, Cboe, in collaboration with ProShares, hosted a panel discussion “Current Dynamics of the VIX Market.” There was a lot to glean – from the applications of VIX ETPs to unique characteristics of VIX futures to general perceptions of volatility. Dominic Salvino, Group One’s VIX options specialist, had an analogy for the current low levels of VIX, comparing it to high February temperatures in Chicago. On February 18, the thermometer reached 70 degrees Fahrenheit, only the fourth time that’s happened since 1971. Is that weird? Yes. Is it worth noting?…

There is no Fear in Fear Itself Commentary,Financials

In compiling today’s newsletter, two themes stick out like sore thumbs. First, the world seems to be getting the message that current policy is having less and less impact, and the side effects of such policy may be worse than the disease itself. Meanwhile, asset prices keep lurching forward, and there is little to no fear in this market. Case in point: with each data release these days, the time at which the Federal Reserve may begin scaling back its bond-buying program gets pushed further and further down the line. While the previous excuse for the delay had been lingering…

John Lothian Newsletter: UK report urges rules to limit HFT risks; CME Challenger Struggles In Largest U.S. Derivatives Market; SEC adopts new risk mgmt rules for clearing agencies John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

A UK report, two years in the making, makes several recommendations on how to best limit the risks involved with high-frequency trading systems. The ELX exchange, launched in 2009 to compete against CME Group, is struggling with evaporating volumes as customers walk away from core interest rate products. The SEC adopts rules to regulate risk management practices at clearing companies.

The Addiction of the Temporary Fix Commentary,Financials

Jon Matte

While aggregating news for various JLN newsletters this morning, I came across this press release: Aggressive Central Bank Actions Will Continue As Long As Global Economic Prospects Remain Bleak, According to BNY Mellon-Sponsored ReportCentral banks are unlikely to pull back from the more prominent role they have carved out for themselves following the financial crisis, according to a new BNY Mellon-sponsored report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), The Search for Growth: Central Banks in Uncharted Territory.http://jlne.ws/NSL5nt The report summary is unsurprising, but it misses out on a key supporting concept:  This is not merely a money issue.  Underneath the plans…