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OCC Names New CFO, Treasurer, and Chief Compliance Officer; Volume on Oil Derivatives Hits Record as Traders Eye $60 a Barrel; OPEC Deal Upends Everything in Oil Market, Not Just Prices Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight November Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC ++++ The View from Convergex: Reinvention, Options and Market Structure Spencer Doar – JLN It may come as a surprise that Convergex, the agency brokerage with headquarters in New York, has a hand in approximately 20 percent of all options routed through U.S. listed options exchanges and actually executes some 8 percent of daily options volume. The company has been reinventing itself over the last two-and-a-half years under the leadership of Eric Noll, who became CEO in the wake of a 2013 settlement. Convergex’s reputation took a hit when it admitted…

JLN Options: New Study Presents First-Ever List of 119 Funds That Use Options; Nerves Rattled in U.S. Equities as S&P 500 Volatility Turns Ugly; Listed Options Volume Up 20 Percent at 355 Million Contracts in December Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Can Options-based funds compete? By Jim Kharouf The CBOE announced the release of a new study today, “Highlights of Performance Analysis of Options-Based Equity Mutual Funds, CEFs, and ETFs,” which analyzed the growth and performance of exchange-listed options-base funds. What is notable about the chart-laden report, is the growth of options-based funds from just 10 in 2000, to 119 in 2014 with a total of $46 billion in AUM. The report looked at 80 options-based equity funds, 51 mutual funds, 22 closed-end funds and seven ETFs with a total of $27.6 billion in AUM. The study found…