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If Faith in Democracy Ebbs, Danger Rises John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Today we begin the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in New York at Thomson Reuters. Thank you to our sponsors, Thomson Reuters, Nasdaq, Cboe Global Markets, CME Group and The IFM, for helping us put on this series.~JJL Steve Ditko, the comic-book artist who helped create Spider-Man, died at the age of 90. I am big Spider-Man fan and I guess my kids are too. When my daughter called Friday to tell me she was headed to the hospital in West Virginia with a spider bite, my son Robby’s reply to his…

It’s WAR! Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight TGI (Tariff) Friday SD – JLN Round 1 of the official tariff tiff began last night. How are you feeling? While foot traffic has diminished in downtown Chicago this week as vacations take their toll on active headcount and the usual “summer quiet” stories making the rounds, I don’t feel lulled (other than the dearth of options specific news). The “lack of lull” feeling isn’t totally out of place. Daily notional turnover on U.S. NMS exchanges in June was $350.1 billion compared with a summer norm of <$300 billion. (July has been slower thus far.) “China this,…

SIX launches crypto platform; Trade war begins; Credit Suisse fined John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Darin Diller, a former futures operations industry veteran (J.P. Morgan, Geneva Trading USA, Newedge and First Capitol Group), passed away from natural causes as a result of advanced diabetes on July 1, 2018. He was 50.~JJL The latest Financial Data for FCMs report is out from the CFTC.~JJL At 12:16 AM I tweeted this story because I could not sleep: “Sleep deprivation is part of our productivity problem“~JJL The Boy Scouts of America closed the backcountry season for the Philmont Scout Reservation due to extreme wildfire conditions.~JJL I am signed up for a…

Making the time for readiness Feature,Video,video

According to FIS’ 2018 Readiness Report, industry leaders in fund administration, banking, broking and asset management are modernizing their operating models twice as fast as the rest of their peers.  In this video from FIA IDX, FIS’ John Omahen, SVP product management, post trade derivatives, talks about not only putting out the fires that be, but making the time to improve operations. FIS has modernized its back and middle office technology offerings, and is in the somewhat unique position of baking their cake and eating it too, as they deploy their own services internally. How ready is your company to…

OCC margin breaches spike in Q1; Flash crash blame game Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Traders Grapple With a Big Question: Are Tariffs Priced In? Samuel Potter – Bloomberg After months of simmering tension between the world’s two largest economies, the U.S. will impose tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods at just after midnight on Friday. The key question for financial markets: will it trigger fresh volatility, or is the trade war escalation already priced in? /jlne.ws/2Kzbiv7 ****SD: Well?! Are they? Lead Stories OCC margin breaches spike in Q1 Alessandro Aimone – Risk.net (SUBSCRIPTION) The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC), the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing house, reported 38 margin breaches…

Binary options are dead; Heat wave slowing markets; LCH’s record first half John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Sunday members of the JLN team head to New York for the summer’s first sessions of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity. On Monday we are at Thomson Reuters in Times Square for one session. On Wednesday we are at Nasdaq for two sessions. The details of the events and sign up information is available HERE. Don’t forget to sign up your interns or send your college age children. On Tuesday, Nasdaq is hosting two sessions of Trading Tech 300 and Nasdaq’s Allan Schoenberg will be teaching a merit badge workshop on the Public…

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…

Nasdaq Launches Treasury Futures Product; Cboe Europe, TP ICAP to open EU bases John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read NFX Basis Point Value Contracts; One quarter hubris, three quarters details John Lothian – JLN The hubris is mine, not Nasdaq’s. Over 20 years ago I came up with the idea for an innovative new futures contract that would improve hedging and engage speculators in new ways in fixed income trading. The idea was basis point value futures. Today, Nasdaq announced just that: a new U.S. Treasury futures product that builds on their cash Treasury market and allows customers to use “the dollar value of one basis point” to more accurately hedge a portfolio of cash Treasurys. The…

Basel III sparks trader retreat from listed derivatives John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read AI is changing this industry. Now what? Jim Kharouf – JLN I spent last week listening to experts in artificial intelligence talk about what AI can and will bring to the markets and the broader world. What is patently clear is that AI is here now and is only going to expand. As Jay Biondo, product manager, surveillance at Trading Technologies told me, it’s everywhere already – from Amazon’s Echo (usually called Alexa) to Netflix’s suggested picks. It’s part of Charles Schwab’s brokerage service which will allow its brokers to service thousands instead of hundreds of customers, according…