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CME Considers Bidding for Michael Spencer’s NEX Group John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Wednesday night I was about to head home when I ran into a friend outside the Bar Luna at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. He told me about a rumor the CME was going to buy NEX and some other details about potential counter-bids or the sale of parts of NEX that CME may not want. That news caused me to stay at the bar until 1 PM in search of other sources, but I found none. I did find sources yesterday who confirmed the CME was having an emergency board meeting,…

Vol products in the spotlight; Cboe’s pain; New VIX ETP Danger Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Wall Street’s volatility products in the spotlight; Market retains potential for upsets after February’s ‘Vix-mageddon’ Christian Pfrang and Robin Wigglesworth – Financial Times (SUBSCRIPTION) A month ago global markets were thrown into a tailspin, with US equities suffering one of their fastest 10 per cent corrections in history. The mayhem raised questions about a small but complex corner of markets where investors trade volatility itself. jlne.ws/2FZ4elX ****SD: I still like vol-cano over Vix-mageddon. Armageddon is a one-off affair while volcanos light up with frequency. One line from the article that I’d say requires a lot more stipulations is:…

Hawaii, Harvard gambled on calm; Wall Street not quitting vol; More VIX rigging; HFT source code developments Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Harvard, Hawaii Gambled on Market Calm—Then Everything Changed Gregory Zuckerman, Gunjan Banerji and Heather Gillers – WSJ A decade of low bond yields pushed some of the most stability-minded investors to dabble in risky investments that depended on markets being orderly. Now, those bets are looking problematic. In the past, pension funds, endowments and family offices pursued relatively safe investments. After interest rates collapsed on the heels of the financial crisis, they ran into challenges paying pensioners and filling university budgets, and added riskier bets on hedge funds and venture capital in the hopes of winning better returns….

VIX Manipulation Costs Investors Billions, Whistle-Blower Says; High-Speed Traders Profit From Return of Loophole at CME; Tighter monitoring for computer trading demanded John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The SEC’s 2019 budget request of $1.658 billion is a 3.5 percent increase over 2018. The majority of that extra funding, $45 million, would go to “technology enhancements to support the agency’s cybersecurity capabilities, risk and data analysis, enforcement and examinations, and automation of business processes.”~SD The CFTC’s budget request of $281.5 million for fiscal year 2019 would support 716 full time employees. CFTC Commission Brian Quintenz pointed out that in FY 2016, the agency had 714 full time employees, 689 in 2017 and 670 this year.~JK Economist/Stanford professor/auction theorist Paul Milgrom received…

THE Infrastructure Project: Trading Technologies and Coinbase’s GDAX Partner On Deal To Connect Cryptocurrencies To Institutions Blog,Feature

Cryptocurrency trading moved further into the mainstream today with the announcement that Trading Technologies and the Global Digital Asset Exchange (GDAX), one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges, have partnered to offer the cash products on TT’s platform. This deal is potentially huge in the development for the newest asset class, cryptocurrencies, as it represents another major player in the derivatives space expanding the infrastructure for it. TT and GDAX, owned by Coinbase, will be offered to customers beginning in March. With 19 of the top 20 futures commission merchants connected to TT, this will enable customers who already trade cryptocurrencies…

Strong 2017 Options Volumes; FX Options Traders Get Wake-Up Call; Cryptocurrencies Steal Volatility Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Editor’s Note: In light of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will not be a JLN Options newsletter on Monday. US Options Volumes Strong in 2017 Despite Record Low Volatility Tabb Options Liquidity Matrix US equity options volumes in 2017 increased 3.1% over 2016 totals, reaching 4.19 billion contracts, the third-highest annual total in the past 10 years. 2017’s volume was surpassed only by the record-setting 4.56 billion contracts in 2011 and 4.27 billion contracts in 2014. The volume growth in 2017 is indicative of clients’ increasing use of equity options to manage risk as well as the…

Two futures exchanges call for post-Brexit Mifid rethink; CME Group and JPX Announce Contract; Systemic risks of clearing John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Today’s top story, Two big futures exchanges call for post-Brexit rethink on Mifid, reiterates what Jeff Sprecher said in April 2017 as covered by Business Insider, “Not to sugarcoat it, I think it [MiFID II] is the worst piece of legislation I’ve ever seen in the history of my career.” But he’s been blasting it since 2016.~JK Eric Piscini of Deloitte Consulting wrote that advancements in the coming months will make the use of blockchain platforms “easier than ever. And it will happen across the main stacks of Hyperledger, ethereum and Corda, among…

MiFID Starts; Exchange Stats; OCC AA+/Stable Rating Reaffirmed Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight December 2017 Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC Exchanges and Clearing CME Group Reached Record Average Daily Volume Of 16.3 Million Contracts In 2017, Up 4 Percent From 2016 CME Group 2017 Interest Rate average daily volume was a record 8.2 million contracts, up 9 percent compared with 2016 Annual average daily volume records also were reached in Energy, Agricultural Commodities, Metals, total options and electronic options /goo.gl/Yy152d OCC AA+/Stable Rating Reaffirmed By S&P OCC CHICAGO (January 2, 2018) – OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today commented on the reaffirmation of its AA+/Stable rating by…

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…