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Bad bets offer a cautionary tale to investors; Second-guessing the volatility of markets can be costly Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – The Colo Down-low – 9/7 JohnLothianNews.com “The Spread” hasn’t covered Aurora, Ill. during its time on the web. We tick that box in this week’s recap. Watch the video and see the stories referenced here » Lead Stories Bad bets offer a cautionary tale to investors; Second-guessing the volatility of markets can be costly Brendan Geeley – FT (SUBSCRIPTION) Over several days in early February of this year, two retail exchange traded products lost more than 80 per cent of their value. Close to $3bn was wiped out. One product, which traded as XIV,…

Derivatives Hiring Spree; Barclays Trader’s Options Fraud Case to Continue Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight OCC Cleared Contract Volume Up Six Percent in June OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that total cleared contract volume in June reached 409,115,041 contracts, up six percent compared to June 2017 volume of 387,597,223. OCC’s year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume is up 22 percent with 21,012,628 contracts compared to 17,174,603 contracts in 2017. /jlne.ws/2z6bg8U ++++ June 2018 Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC ++++ July 4: Which markets are closed? Leia Klingel – Fox Business July 4 falls midweek this year, which means trading volumes could be lower than usual for…

VIX Isn’t Broke; CAT Privacy Bill; WMDs for next crash Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The State of Options Market Making in One Image; Happy 45th Anniversary of the Black Scholes Formula At the Options Industry Conference in Amelia Island, Fla., Trade Alert President Henry Schwartz gave his annual “State of the Industry” presentation. The presentation is always chock full of great graphs and information – the word cloud image above is always a favorite. In the picture, liquidity providers are sized according to their industry presence – the bigger the firm’s book, the bigger its name appears. Schwartz said Susquehanna is not sized to the same scale as the rest because…

Trump-Iran Showdown and Oil Options; Need a CAT “Tsar”; 3% Bond Yields Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Trump-Iran Countdown Finds Investors More Bearish in Oil Options Todd White and Alex Longley – Bloomberg Volatility has jumped for both bullish and bearish options; Demand for protection against a slump rose in recent days In the hours before President Donald Trump announces to the world whether he pulls the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement, bears are driving the oil options market. /goo.gl/tRJujV ****SD: Sources are reporting he’ll leave the accord. CAT ‘Tsar’ May be Required to Break Gridlock James Rundle – WatersTechnology Regulators may need to step up their efforts to push forward on the…

The Spread – Week of 3/19 to 3/23 Commentary,Video,video

The JLN team is back in Chicago  to bring you a more conventional episode of The Spread. Thank heavens our teleprompter was back in action – ad libbing a poolside chat was wicked difficult. You are likely up to date on the potential Biden v. Trump title fight that was in the headlines this week, but are you up to date on the week’s happenings in options? The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode: Reuters – CFTC ‘astounded’ as Congress prepares to cut budget WSJ – SEC Urges Exchanges to End Standoff on Trading Data Bloomberg – Volcker…

Financial fragility rising; Clayton “not happy” with CAT delay; VIX action Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Goldman Sees ‘Financial Fragility’ Rising in Markets Joanna Ossinger – Bloomberg Early-February VIX spike might be a symptom of a larger issue; There are reasons to believe ‘liquidity is the new leverage’ Markets are becoming their own worst enemies, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The stock-market rout in early February that caused a spike in the Cboe Volatility Index is a symptom of growing “financial fragility,” or big swings in prices caused by breakdowns in markets themselves as opposed to changes in fundamentals, an economist at the bank wrote Monday in a note to clients. To make…

SEC Urges End to CAT standoff; Deutsche Boerse plans FX expansion; HKEX working with ASX on blockchain John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Our Page Of The Day yesterday was industry legend Robert J. O’Brien, who turned 100 years old yesterday. His contributions to the industry and interviews with Mr. O’Brien were documented in the RJO O’Brien Centennial Video about the firm’s own 100 year anniversary in 2014, a video produced by John Lothian Productions.~JK Longtime accounting and back office professional Mark Connelly has left the futures industry. He started a new position as senior vice president – operations for All Clean Services responsible for running the Midwest Region. His responsibilities include managing and growing the…

An Update on the Consolidated Audit Trail Regulation & Enforcement,Video,video

At STAC’s 92nd Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, JLN spoke with Shane Swanson, chief compliance officer with Thesys CAT LLC, about the state of the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT). The CAT will be a large trade data repository for options and equities used for surveillance and tracking. Thesys CAT is the recently formed subsidiary of Thesys Technologies tasked with developing the CAT. The plan was intended to go live in November 2017, but as the date neared, the SROs put in a one year exemptive request. While the SEC has not granted the request, it did agree to work toward a new…