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Banks’ sizzling derivatives trading; Options markets creeping fear Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight June 2018 Global Derivatives Volumes via FIA ++++ Shortwave Trading – Part IV – Sleuthing Examples, Research Tools, Techniques, and Deputy Antenna Sleuth Homework Bob Van Valzah – Sniper In Mahwah After my first few public posts about shortwave trading, I gradually realized that I’d inadvertently created a worldwide network of deputy antenna sleuths. This is the final post in the Shortwave Trading series since the terms of my forthcoming employment agreement will prohibit me from future public talk on the technology of trading. I want to leave behind details on some of the research tools and…

Swaps Rules Due for Overhaul – CFTC; Ex-UBS Trader Beats Spoofing Charge John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Andreas Preuss and Jeffrey Tessler have been replaced on the Deutsche Boerse AG Executive Board. Thomas Book, Christoph Bohm and Stephan Leithner have been appointed to the board.~JJL Yesterday’s Fintech Exchange, hosted by Barchart, kicked off with with the Startup Exchange Competition – 16 start-ups introducing their innovative companies. PanXchange won the competition, for its technology and approach to raw commodities. The company listed frac sand in October 2017. Second went to Coinifide, a start-up that is building a trading education and trading platform for cryptocurrency markets. Third place went to Freight Exchange,…

TradingScreen rejects claims by shareholder group; Citigroup, Deutsche, HSBC Agree to Settlement John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Care to guess what the best performing financial asset of 2017 has been? According to Macquarie as cited in this Financial Times story, it’s the metal cobalt. Cobalt is up some 80 percent this year on the back of increased demand for electric vehicles.~SD Crain’s put out a list showing which companies won the most patents in Chicago in 2016. Trading Technologies is on there with nine. Tops by a longshot is Boeing with 1,045 (second and third go to Honeywell and Caterpillar, respectively). It’s all part of the Crain’s “Chicago’s Most…

US companies transformed into 800lb gorilla in bond market; Voice Brokers Beware: New MiFID Rules… John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Markets Media Group is pleased to present its 3rd Annual Markets Choice Awards: Women in Finance event, which will kick off Markets Media Week on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Women in Finance Are Back!. ~JK Chicago Tech Rocks returns September 28, 2017 at the Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark Street. Started in 2016, CTR is unique rock & roll fundraiser. Its sole aim is to DRIVE AWARENESS and RAISE MONEY in support of select non-profit schools and project-based learning programs that are helping prepare a new and diverse generation of technology talent. ~JJL If you…

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…

Senate panel votes to advance CFTC chairman nomination; CFTC reaches first non-prosecution deal with ex-Citigroup traders; TP ICAP reshuffles senior management John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Identifying Problems And Solutions By Jim Kharouf, JLN At the FIA IDX conference in London earlier this month, the second day of the event concentrated heavily on post-trade issues and trends. We spoke with six executives from firms that are focused on the problems and solutions in that space. Take a look at the two short videos below to hear what they said about each question. The post-trade arena has fast become one of the most competitive sectors in recent years with new firms jumping into the space and incumbents launching new platforms. In April, we wrote about…

Options Market Structure – Fragmented Reality; Citigroup launches “credit VIX”; Mirror, Mirror, Which Asset Class Is the Sleepiest of Them All? Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Editor’s Note: In yesterday’s options exchange recap, we incorrectly noted that “NYSE Options … reduced the speed of execution by 50 percent,” when in fact NYSE reduced latency by 50 percent (or, when phrased another way, increased the speed of execution). ++++ An Anecdotal Look: The Retail Crowd’s Option Adoption Spencer Doar – JLN All of the derivatives conferences I’ve attended in the past few years had a noticeable retail customer presence or focus — be it panel subject matter, attendees from retail oriented companies or just overall mentions in conversation. The same was the case at…

Mystery of Russian Crime Gang, ADM Brokers Solved in U.K. Court; SEC poised to shorten settlement cycle for securities trades; The Banker-Turned-Seminarian Trying to Save Citigroup’s Soul John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Boca Bits JLN Staff During the exchange leaders panel, panelists were asked what company and city would dominate swaps clearing in 5 years. During CME Group CEO Terry Duffy‘s response, he (again) raised the spectre of the CME Group moving out of Chicago by refusing to say where CME would be headquartered in a half decade. The consensus from the Washington Outlook panel was it will be extremely difficult for any reforms (read Dodd-Frank) to make it through Congress, so significant regulatory shifts will emerge from the agency level. Chris Giancarlo got a standing ovation at FIA Boca,…

Speed Traders’ ‘Stupid’ Plan for Fast Network Halted in U.K.; CFTC fines E*TRADE for allegedly destroying customer records; Brazil’s BM&FBovespa buys 8.59 pct in Lima exchange for 49 mln reais John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By Jim Kharouf If you are like me and love to ride your bike to work, you might be interested in the latest offering for CBOT Building tenants – indoor parking. The building is offering 25 spots in a warm, locked, basement room for $120 for a year. A cheap way to keep your bike warm and safe. There’s more information here. There are 24 spots now, as I have rented one and love it. In case you missed it, Henry Schwartz, of Trade Alert was a guest editor of the JLN Options Newsletter in…