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Blockbuster – CME looks to increase back month activity in ag futures Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature

Twenty years ago, block trading of agricultural commodity futures never would have seen the light of day. There was no way the locals in the pit would have let block trades in corn or wheat or any of the other ag products happen. They would have demanded a piece of the action. Markets sure don’t look like they did two decades ago, though, and on Monday, block trades – large, privately negotiated trades executed off the floor or electronic market but cleared by the exchange – were executed in hogs, Black Sea wheat and urea fertilizer. Tuesday saw some corn…

Cash and Futures in Bitcoin Are a Different Story Blog,Commentary,Feature,Mwiki

The high margins charged by the CME and Cboe for bitcoin futures, and the additional margins required by the futures commission merchants to trade the products, have turned the normal dynamics of futures trading versus cash trading upside down. With the CME charging 47 percent margins, and some firms charging double margins on bitcoin futures, the cost of trading is nearly 100 percent of the underlying contract value. Normally futures contracts allow traders to control higher notionally valued contracts for much lower margin amounts. Margins of 3 percent to 10 percent are the norm, depending on the commodity or instrument…

Bitcoin Futures Prices Fall in CME Debut; Why the Germans are right about economics John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff RJO has shot a holiday video featuring Gerry Corcoran and some of their staff. They even sang “Santa Baby,” featuring employees from across the organization. ~JJL Interesting, or a yawn? Day one futures volumes in Bitcoin at CME totalled 1,088 contracts with open interest of 233. Cboe posted volume of 4,127 contracts on its first day, a wild price day and 1179 in the January contract yesterday. ~JK You can make a donation to your favorite charities by using Amazon Smile when you buy items from Amazon. Go to Smile.Amazon.com.~JJL The New…

Duelling bitcoin futures go head-to-head as CME launches contract; Big Clampdown on Derivatives Has a Bitcoin-Shaped Hole Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – Week of 12/11 – 12/15 JohnLothianNews.com Our second installation of The Spread! The Spread is a brief recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. The following stories are referenced in this week’s installment: Bloomberg – Robinhood Is Making Even More Trades Free, Taking on the Options Market   WSJ – Volatility Is Low But Ambiguity Is Sky High   Eurex – Low-Volatility 2017 Marks High Demand for VSTOXX   Business Insider – Trader ’50 Cent’ lost $197 million betting on market meltdown   CFO – Options Clearing Corp. CFO Focuses…

US financial regulators warn investors on bitcoin risks; Asian buyers spur bitcoin rise John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff A new survey from DTCC shows geopolitical risk as a top 5 concern of 69 percent of those surveyed – an all-time high. Plenty of other fun stats and infographics in there to digest.~SD Deutsche Boerse turned 25 years old. I believe I was once told that the average age of the people who started it was 28. ~JJL Have you seen the Chicago Blockchain Project?~JJL Yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter covered the lack of FX volatility, the potential for bitcoin options and the short vol trade.~SD The NFA staff coordinated the donation…

Bitcoin futures start trading; IEX and LTSE team up; Another Deutsche Boerse leadership change? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff If you, too, want to help crash the Cboe website, or check out its bitcoin futures prices, you can click HERE.~JJL As of 7:20 AM Chicago time, 2918 contracts of Cboe bitcoin had traded.~JJL Breaking news: A pipe bomb exploded at the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. One person is reportedly in custody and he apparently was the only one injured.~JK Congratulations to the CME Group, which raised $186,000 for its Movember Foundation campaign, including its $125,000 corporate donation, to shine the spotlight on men’s health in the areas of…

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…

BTC Futures Coming From Team That Rebounded From Epic Snafu; Big banks not willing to support BTC futures John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The @JohnLothian Twitter account received 65,120 original impressions yesterday, which is a record for the last 28 days. My LinkedIn profile searches are up 48% for the week.~JJL Yesterday I attended an event hosted at the Art Institute of Chicago by RBC Global Asset Management about responsible investments. The speaker and panel discussed ESG investing, which I did not know about. ESG stands for Environment, Societal and Governance. Later in the day I was able to apply what I learned during a meeting of the endowment committee of my church, of which…

The Silent Screams of the Bitcoin Shorts Blog,Commentary,Feature,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Mwiki,ReformWiki,Tech / HFT

If bitcoin were a standard commodity or securities instrument, headlines would be screaming about how the “shorts” were being squeezed. With bitcoin in a parabolic price rise, some calling it a mania, there are no shorts to scream bloody murder. Many commodities and companies have key constituents who apply political pressure when futures markets are moving so sharply that common sense tells you there is something wrong or unbalanced happening in the market. Sometimes rules are changed or obscure procedures exercised at futures exchanges in order to accommodate an orderly liquidation of positions in cases where the powers that be…