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JLN Options: Apple investors pay more for downside bets Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Apple investors pay more for downside betsDoris Frankel, ReutersThe steady slide in longtime market darling Apple Inc has brought in options investors willing to pay more for bearish bets than at any time in the last four years.http://jlne.ws/105nSQQ The Supreme Myth of the Risk of Options DebunkedJohn Critchley, The Options InsiderI was recently talking to a very well educated corporate lawyer who is the father of my daughter’s basketball teammate and the conversation turned to investments.  I told him what I did and that my passion was options.  The reaction “Oh My, Options they are too risky for…

JLN Options: HKEx Announces Stock Options Revamp Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories HKEx Announces Stock Options RevampMary Swire, LawAndTax-News.comHong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) is to revamp its stock options market in a range of areas, from product design and fees to market making, with effect from May 2 this year, in response to growing market interest in the product.http://jlne.ws/Z3z2H0 Continental drift: will derivatives shift to Asia?Future and Options IntelligenceThe global resurgence of volumes in 2013 has affected twice as many Asian exchanges than European, which helps to account for why western eyes are fixed firmly on the east writes Jonathan Watkins.http://jlne.ws/Z3zPHS Dr. Ben Kicks VIX ETFs In The…

JLN Options: Spike in trading volume: Blame a witches’ brew of options expirations Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Spike in trading volume: Blame a witches’ brew of options expirationsKate Gibson, MarketWatchFriday’s spike in trading volume has virtually nothing to do with the market’s recent advance to multi-year highs, and everything to do with an event that comes just four times a year.http://jlne.ws/ZmYpDz Mini-options debut in five large namesChris McKhann, optionMONSTER (via Yahoo Finance)Today marks the start of trading in the new mini-options, which will give smaller traders access to contracts on some of the more expensive and popular stocks.http://jlne.ws/11afogn Volatility Traders, Gold Bulls Are Loving The Mess in CyprusBrendan Conway, Barron’sThe fast money is eager for…

JLN Options: ISE Renews CBOE Automated-Markets Patent Court Fight Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories ISE Renews CBOE Automated-Markets Patent Court FightAndrew Harris, BloombergInternational Securities Exchange LLC, an electronic options-trading forum, is set to renew legal hostilities with Chicago Board Options Exchange Inc. today in a fight over an automated trading patent.http://jlne.ws/YS5xY4 FOCUS: Speculators Exit Bullish Precious Metals Futures, Options Positions — CFTCDebbie Carlson, Kitco News (via Forbes)Weaker prices and a greater interest in other markets like equities convinced speculators to lighten up on their bullish precious metals futures and options positions at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, with funds setting a new low for gold bullish position in…

JLN Options: BofA Times an Options Trade Well Newsletter,Options

JLN Special Report: FIA Boca Preview: Walt Lukken on State of Futures IndustryIn advance of the FIA Boca 2013 conference next week, John Lothian News traveled to Washington D.C. this week to interview Walt Lukken, president and CEO of the Futures Industry Association to get his comments on the state of the futures industry today and what is in store for the rest of the year.This two-part interview focuses on the key issues facing exchanges and brokers, as well as a rundown on the Dodd-Frank regulatory process. This year’s FIA Boca conference will be one of the more important events…

JLN Options: Warren Buffett and the Mispricing of Long-Term Options Newsletter,Options

Commentary New Restoring Customer Confidence VideoWe’re back with an update on confirmations. This new video explains the NFA and CME Group’s electronic confirmation system for futures brokers. Restoring Customer Confidence More ideas» Confirmations: NFA and CME’s Financial Match.com MarketsWiki.tv The fraud at Peregrine Financial Group was uncovered in July 2012 by the National Futures Association (NFA) which used an electronic bank account confirmation system. (See Confirmations: Plugging Into Electronic Confirmations) In November 2012, the NFA and CME Group announced they would implement an electronic confirmation system for futures brokers. The system, operated by Alphametrics, provides a comprehensive check and match…

JLN Options: ISE Files With SEC to Start Topaz as 12th U.S. Options Exchange Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories ISE Files With SEC to Start Topaz as 12th U.S. Options ExchangeNina Mehta, BloombergBusinessweekInternational Securities Exchange Holdings Inc. plans to start an options market called Topaz Exchange. If approved it will be the twelfth U.S. exchange for equity derivatives.http://jlne.ws/XFYzVO***Can we stop at 12? Because we can’t have 13 exchanges sitting down to dinner.  — SR NZX to launch equity derivatives marketJustin Lee, Risk.netNew Zealand Stock Exchange to launch equity derivatives to meet demand for hedging instrumentsThe New Zealand stock exchange (NZX) will launch an equity derivatives market in May, following consultation with market participants, says the exchange.http://jlne.ws/XFZ6aw As…

JLN Options: Hedge funds seen behind likely VIX short squeeze Newsletter,Options

Nils-Robert Persson Talks About Cinnober and the Growth of Real-time Risk ManagementMarketsWiki.tv There are some firms who are ahead of the curve and profit from it. Cinnober Financial Technology, the Swedish-based provider of electronic trading platforms was certainly one of them when it began pushing real-time risk management technology for trading and clearing platforms long before the 2008 financial crisis. Now its an integral part of the marketplace. Nils-Robert Persson, executive chairman for Cinnober spoke with JLN editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf about the speed of execution and clearing systems, as well as what’s next for the firm. Watch the video »…

JLN Options: No tax please, we’re British, Italian, French… Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories No tax please, we’re British, Italian, French…Steve Grob, FidessaThe debate about Financial Transaction Taxes (FTTs) seems to roll on and on. Italy’s FTT is due to come into force this Friday and two democrats in the US want to introduce an American FTT. Even EU Tax Commissioner Algirdas Semeta says a global tax on financial transactions eventually should be a reality.http://jlne.ws/13jIeLx FTSE introduces UK and Italian equivalents of the VIXSimon Smith, ETF StrategyFTSE Group, a leading global index provider, has introduced the FTSE Implied Volatility Index Series (IVI), a new suite of indices that measure the implied volatility…