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VIX VapoRubOut; VIX Funds Face Fresh Scrutiny From U.S. Regulators Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight FCMs Big And Small Suffer Major Losses On Latest Black Monday Jim Kharouf – JLN On February 5, the historic trading day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1,175 points and the S&P 500 plunged 113 points, many customers suffered significant losses which forced several futures commission merchants to cover those deficits. The severity of the losses on that day was reflected in major drops in FCM customer segregated funds, some to alarming levels. Among the biggest shocks was at RBC Capital Markets, which on February 5 posted a deficiency of funds in segregation of $1.13…

Fed’s Dudley Warns on Dangerous ‘Speculative Mania’ Around Cryptocurrencies John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read FCMs Big And Small Suffer Major Losses On Latest Black Monday Jim Kharouf – JLN On February 5, the historic trading day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1,175 points and the S&P 500 plunged 113 points, many customers suffered significant losses which forced several futures commission merchants to cover those deficits. The severity of the losses on that day was reflected in major drops in FCM customer segregated funds, some to alarming levels. Among the biggest shocks was at RBC Capital Markets, which on February 5 posted a deficiency of funds in segregation of $1.13 billion….

China’s VIX Goes Dark; Hidden Corners of Credit Selloff; LJM fund lawsuit Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories China’s VIX Goes Dark as Government Clamps Down on Options Bloomberg News State-run index compiler stopped updating the gauge Thursday; Move is designed to curb options trading, people say China stopped updating its homegrown version of the VIX Index, taking another step to discourage speculation in equity-linked options after authorities tightened trading restrictions last week. State-run China Securities Index Co. didn’t publish a value for the SSE 50 ETF Volatility Index on its website Thursday. An employee who answered CSI’s inquiry line said the company stopped updating the measure to work on an upgrade. The move was designed…

Amazon is taking over the stock market, too; U.K. starts cryptocurrency inquiry; France clamps down on crypto John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff What do you call a computer that sings? Adele. H/T Alexa.~JJL LME is launching an Introduction to Physical Trading and Warehousing course in London this March.~JJL A tidbit from yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter – the CIO for the Hawaiian pension fund that got burned selling puts is no longer with the fund.~SD According to a study by Credit Suisse and the London Business School, rare books have a seven fold return since 1900. Meanwhile, classic cars have 242 fold returns. But how are my comic books doing?~SD Registration is now open for the…

Temenos and Fidessa forge banking software tie-up; Ex-CFTC Counsel Is Likely Pick for Dem Slot John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Correction/Clarification: A clarification on an item in Monday’s JLN: DRW Cumberland’s Bobby Cho said Cumberland’s proportion of crypto-to-crypto trades now represents about 25 percent of its trades, versus crypto-to-fiat trades, meaning that counterparties now increasingly want to trade bitcoin to ethereum (or some other crypto combination), whereas in the past it was predominantly bitcoin to dollar (or other fiat currency). The item could have been interpreted as crypto trades account for 25 percent of all DRW trading, which is inaccurate.~JK The CFTC collected $413 million in fines last year, which means an investment…

Temenos in advanced talks to buy Fidessa; Congress sets sights on cryptocurrency rules; Bitcoin surges John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff This Thursday in Chicago, the FIA will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting & Washington Update where Walt Lukken will mention CQG’s Pat Kenny at least three times during his remarks. That is just my prediction.~JJL This year’s FIA International Conference in Boca Raton, Florida will be the 43rd. The FIA Law and Compliance Division Conference on May 2 to 4 in Washington, DC will be its 40th.~JJL Trading Technologies’ annual Tennis Tournament benefiting Futures For Kids will be held on March 13th at FIA Boca. Sign up here.~JK Euronext is participating in the…

Market’s $3 Trillion Trauma; FCA and CFTC to collaborate on fintech innovation; Euronext Plans More Acquisitions John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Welcome to Presidents’ Day in the U.S. This is the day when U.S. Presidents have historically taken the day off from Twitter. Just kidding. But it is the day we are not going to publish JLN Options and the JLN staff gets the rest of the day off. Have a great day!~JJL Last week’s CryptoCon 2018 produced some interesting insights into the cryptocurrency space. DRW Cumberland’s Bobby Cho and Jim Radecki revealed just how large that operation is today, with crypto trades representing about 25 percent of DRW’s trades on 30 different currencies…

Wild, But Not Crazy; Peter Thiel’s Volatility Bet; Decca’s big short vol losses Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Another Nation to Start Hedging its Oil Production Spencer Doar – JLN Last Friday, Colombia’s finance minister said the country was planning an oil hedging program along the same lines as Mexico’s annual derivatives play. (Apologies the story wasn’t in the newsletter earlier – sometimes late Friday articles get lost over the weekend.) This has potentially huge repercussions for oil derivatives markets. As a point of comparison, the Mexican “Hacienda hedge” is the biggest annual oil deal, according to Bloomberg. (That linked story is a great longform on how the Hacienda hedge comes together.) From 2007 to…

FINRA looking at VIX; China curbing options trading; Exotic ETP concerns Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight What’s the Deal With the VIX Manipulation Letter? Inaccuracy and Misunderstanding Spencer Doar – JLN The big options news pertains to a letter alleging VIX manipulation. The letter, written on behalf of an anonymous whistleblower by a Washington D.C. law firm, alleges market makers manipulate the VIX by quoting far out of the money SPX put options so they are included in the VIX calculation at junctures that benefit their trading activities. It’s understandable financial instruments are subject to concerns about manipulation when their inner workings are complicated and not fully understood by the general public. VIX…