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Deutsche Boerse says about 20 banks join its clearing programme; Goldman Sachs has struck a deal with Bloomberg to help its stock trading business; CME says bitcoin futures coming this year, but date not set John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff My former employer from my First American Discount days back in the 1980s, William Mallers, Jr., opined on a recent email exchange he had with me about bitcoin on the Coindesk website. Bill has traded bitcoin since 2013 and is a big supporter of the crypto-currency. ~JJL NFA was named among the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in 2017. ~JJL The market cap of all companies listed on HKEX’s #HK markets hit $33.5 trillion today, setting a new all-time record. ~JJL HKEX is sponsoring “Realising the China Opportunity”…

The Low Vol Puzzle; Post Bank say BOJ should sell puts; Buying dips Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight FANG+ Puts the UMPH Back into the Markets and Exchange Competition John Lothian – JLN Hallelujah! The magical power of innovation from exchange competition in Chicago is alive and well after a noticeable absence. The NYSE FANG+ index at ICE Futures US is the most innovative and timely new contract I have seen since the Cboe introduced the VIX. Besides the FANG+ contract, we have the expectation of the CME Group and Cboe slugging it out later this year with competing bitcoin futures offerings. Earlier this year we had the CME Group reclaim the Russell index complex…

US Treasury dealers accused of collusion; Bitcoin futures face safeguards; EEX acquires 100% of Powernext John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read FANG+ Puts the UMPH Back into the Markets and Exchange Competition By John Lothian – JLN Hallelujah! The magical power of innovation from exchange competition in Chicago is alive and well after a noticeable absence. The NYSE FANG+ index at ICE Futures US is the most innovative and timely new contract I have seen since the Cboe introduced the VIX. Besides the FANG+ contract, we have the expectation of the CME Group and Cboe slugging it out later this year with competing bitcoin futures offerings. Earlier this year we had the CME Group reclaim the Russell index complex…

Talk of CAT Delay; Bond vol shows signs of life; Investors fearless Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Exchanges in talks with U.S. SEC to delay new audit system: sources John McCrank – Reuters Stock exchanges are in talks with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to possibly delay the rollout of a new system aimed at helping the regulator better police the markets, sources familiar with matter the told Reuters. /goo.gl/WCiMXs ****SD: They’re going to have to make a decision shortly. SROs are scheduled to start reporting data to the central repository on November 15. Bond Volatility Shows Signs of Life as Rates Divergence Widens Cormac Mullen – Bloomberg As U.S. Treasury yields climb to…

Market Makes History; More Bitcoin; Cboe Mini-SPX XSP Options Record Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories The stock market just made history Akin Oyedele – Business Insider The S&P 500 on Monday broke its previous record of the number of days without a 3% drawdown. As it’s continued to make new highs, it has broken records of other percent-move sizes. These illustrate the rock-bottom volatility that has characterized stocks this year and is showing few signs of rising anytime soon. /goo.gl/arAFs9 ****SD: Feels like it makes history every day now… Bitcoin Meets OTC Derivatives Tod Skarecky – Clarus Financial Technology I attended the FIA event last week in Chicago. Much of the same stuff….

CME, Linchpin of Chicago Finance, Says It’s Not Tied to the City John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read How AI Is Reshaping ISVs: TT’s Rick Lane Looks at AI for Everything from Compliance to Finding Trading Opportunities John Lothian News Trading Technologies announced yesterday the acquisition of Neurensic, an artificial intelligence regulation and compliance firm (terms were not disclosed). The deal brings Neurensic’s AI technology into TT and provides a new compliance platform for the firm. But the potential for the technology goes well beyond that. TT’s CEO Rick Lane spoke with JLN’s Jim Kharouf about where this technology is going next. /goo.gl/ZwUnYe ++++ Hits & Takes By JLN Staff We have closed registration for the…

Record low VIX close; CAT delay?; Swaptions clearing Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories VIX Closes at Another Record Low Gunjan Banerji – WSJ The CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, hit a record low on Thursday, extending an historic calm streak as stocks reached new highs. The stock volatility index fell to 9.19, closing below 10 for the seventh consecutive day. The VIX’s prior low was 9.31 in December 1993. jlne.ws/2fUBvGn ****SD: CBOE started offering the 8.5 strike on the VIX on Tuesday. Woof. CNBC on the VIX action here. Trading Database Could Be Delayed Due to Data-Security Hitches Dave Michaels – WSJ U.S. exchanges overseeing the creation of a vast database…

VIX ETP concerns; Correlation issues; Market catalysts Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The FT warns advertisers after discovering high levels of domain spoofing Jessica Davies – Digiday The Financial Times has investigated the scale of domain spoofing occurring against its site, and has been shocked by the results. The publisher has found display ads against inventory masquerading as FT.com on 10 separate ad exchanges and video ads on 15 exchanges, even though the FT doesn’t even sell video ads programmatically, with 300 accounts selling inventory purporting to be the FT’s. The scale of the fraud uncovered is vast — the equivalent of one month’s supply of bona fide FT.com…

ITG and Options Technology Group to establish derivatives execution business; Equifax options Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight A Brief Visual History of Being Short VIX RCM Alternatives If you aren’t using Stocktwits to track your favorite stock symbols, you may be doing it wrong. There are spam and oddballs and all the rest you would expect of a social network, but the gif game is usually off the charts. Here are some of our favorites from the world of short VIX traders of $SVXY. bit.ly/2xqKjK2 ****SD: For another fun picture from social media, check out Nassim Taleb in Bermuda. Lead Stories ITG and Options Technology Group to establish derivatives execution business Finextra ITG, a…