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SEC “Abdicated Responsibility” Regarding OCC Capital Plan; tastytrade buys Seed Futures; Gundlach’s Options Bet Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Seed Futures Acquired by tastytrade GlobeNewswire Seed Futures LLC (“Seed Futures”) today announced that its business has been acquired by dough, Inc. (d/b/a tastytrade). ****SD: This is a development worth following. The tastytrade/dough team and their new(ish) brokerage tastyworks continue to disrupt business. Seed Futures is a subsidiary of Seed CX, the SEF started two years ago (SEF designation came in August 2016) to initially trade forwards and options on industrial hemp products. Geared to all “emerging commodities,” as they phrase it, the exchange now has tradeable products like Hass avocados, organic soybeans and Persian limes….

Investors Stop Hedging As Market Pushes Higher; Bund Option Traders Not Sweating Over Le Pen Risks; Politics ‘tightening grip’ on financial market behavior – BIS Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight TradeStation Introduces Simplified Commission Pricing for Equities and Options Trades: $5 per Trade for Equities, $5 per Trade plus $0.50 per Contract for Options GlobeNewswire TradeStation, a Monex Group company and award-winning* online broker-dealer and futures commission merchant, announced today new per-trade pricing for stocks, ETFs and options for all new customers and all existing customers who notify TradeStation they would like to switch to the new pricing. +++++ They’re slashing prices! Spencer Doar – JLN Folks are finally getting the memo that broker fees need to go down if the industry is to truly access…

Don’t Believe Options Traders; Europe’s Volatility Curve Is Getting Kinky Ahead of French Vote; Trump’s dollar paradox promises roller-coaster ride for currencies Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight January Marketshare via OCC ++++++ On another note, check out what the VIX momentarily did after the Fed yesterday: Here’s a closer breakdown of the action from the CBOE: Time Index Quote 12:59:56 p.m. CT   11.50 1:00:11 p.m. CT      9.97 1:00:26 p.m. CT     11.53 ++++++ CBOE VIX index briefly broke below 10 after Federal Reserve decision Fred Imbert – CNBC Something strange happened to Wall Street’s so-called fear index on Wednesday. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, broke below 10 for less than a minute Wednesday at…