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Deutsche Boerse ends Asia expansion plans; NYSE, Nasdaq Fighting to Keep Grip on Market Close; Hodgkinson leaving Euronext John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff John Lothian News will be bringing our video team to Boca for the FIA International Conference in March. We will again be shooting our exchange and industry leader video series. If you have some suggestions for topical subjects or persons to interview, email me.~JJL Yesterday we issued a Special Report for the Trading Technologies and GDAX/Coinbase news and Jim Kharouf shot a short video to introduce the story he wrote. I did a short Twitter live piece as an experiment to promote the Special Report. It went fine, except my tie was not…

Man vs. Machine in Battle for a Better Stock Index; Strategy of ADM approach to Bunge; DTCC’s Vision For U.S. Equity Market Structure John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff SGX reported that the Emerging Markets Asia Index jumped 40 percent in 2017, surpassing the 20 percent rise in the MSCI World Index. SGX’s MSCI Taiwan Index rose 14 percent. ~JK Part 2 of CME Group’s five-part Webinar Series “Inside Eurodollar, US Treasury and Fed Fund Futures Markets” takes place this Wednesday, Jan 24. The topic is the practical application of U.S. Treasury futures. You can go here to register.~SR HKEX set a new turnover record in futures and options today, with a day session record of 1,779,740 contracts and whole day total…

S&P 500 Rallies With the VIX; Credit Suisse Predicts Volatility Range; Arcane Oil Options Indicator Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight You Can’t Rain On Our Parade: Cboe’s Big 2017 Includes Bitcoin Futures. Can It Overcome Regulatory, Margin and Volatility Headwinds? Jim Kharouf – John Lothian News To hear Cboe Global Markets Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly tell it, his exchange group is firing on all cylinders and adding new ones to the engine. The exchange boasts the top US equity options market and has a lock on volatility products with the VIX futures and options and related exchange traded products. Cboe now has the top pan-European equity market and the second ranked US stock market, as well…

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…

Regulator halts European equity trading shake-up; ‘Fiduciary Rule’ Poised for Second Life; Emerging Managers Outperform Established Funds John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff LinkedIn is reporting the 15-year anniversary of John Lothian being at John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. Time flies when you publish a newsletter.~JJL CME Economist Erik Norland is back with more super weird spaghetti graphs, this time contained in his new piece The Yield Curve – Unemployment Feedback Loop.~SD The Security Traders Association of Chicago Mid-Winter Meeting begins today and I will again point out that the marketing material was themed “mid-winter is coming.” While rain is in the forecast, travelers to the City of Windbags should be grateful that it feels…

Top Options Stories of 2017 Countdown Feature,Video,video

Correction: SROs did NOT begin reporting to the Consolidated Audit Trail in November – the deadline for implementation was indeed delayed.  For a CAT update, see our January 2018 video with Thesys CAT Chief Compliance Officer Shane Swanson.  Listicles are occasionally the butt of jokes – Buzzfeed knows – but what about listideos? With 2017 in the bag, we at JLN thought we’d recap the year in options with a list of the big stories and trends – and there were a number. Below are links to stories referenced in the countdown. When a theme is addressed, the linked story…

Mifid II launch overshadowed by futures delay; Ex-UBS Trader Says Bank ‘Mandated’ Conduct That Led to Libor Ban John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff OCC announced that 2017 volume reached the third highest total cleared contract volume ever.~JJL Jessica Darmoni will be moderating a panel at #STAC’s MidWinter Meeting on Artificial Intelligence and how it will influence future traders and analysts.~JJL Want a job with the NFA? Click here to learn more.~JJL CME Group averaged 16.3 million contracts per day in 2017, up 4% from 2016.~JJL John Sodergreen’s Risk Desk has an interview with CFTC Chairman Giancarlo on page 11 of the latest edition.~JJL Nasdaq PHLX LLC has given “Notice of Withdrawal of a Proposed Rule…

Europe begins countdown to Mifid II; How high-frequency trading hit a speed bump John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By John J. Lothian Welcome to 2018! Today we begin work on invoicing readers of this newsletter and their firms for the 2018 subscriptions. If you would like to receive a firm or individual invoice, please contact me directly at johnlothian@johnlothian.com Thank you to all of our loyal subscribers who have helped support this newsletter, now in its 18th year. You have allowed us to grow our offerings to continue to help you, the industry and beyond understand our markets. At John Lothian News we believe in market-based solutions for the problems facing the world….

Frankfurt Winning Battle for Brexit Bankers; End of 47-Year Japan Rice Program; Smart beta funds pass $1tn John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Spencer Doar’s weekly JLN Options video feature, The Spread, continues to get better. This last week’s was a beut.~JJL Holy smokes. Get this: “The Legends Room, the world’s only blockchain based nightclub, rings in 2018 with two incredible nights of crypto fun. On Saturday, December 30th, the Legends Room presents Samantha Ronson and Saint Clair. On Sunday December 31st, the club will feature Post Malone and 21 Savage together.” I do not like this, Sam-I-am. But hey, it’s Vegas, right?~SD The JLN Team has cancelled their in the office meeting today, rescheduling for…