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Talk of CAT Delay; Bond vol shows signs of life; Investors fearless Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Exchanges in talks with U.S. SEC to delay new audit system: sources John McCrank – Reuters Stock exchanges are in talks with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to possibly delay the rollout of a new system aimed at helping the regulator better police the markets, sources familiar with matter the told Reuters. /goo.gl/WCiMXs ****SD: They’re going to have to make a decision shortly. SROs are scheduled to start reporting data to the central repository on November 15. Bond Volatility Shows Signs of Life as Rates Divergence Widens Cormac Mullen – Bloomberg As U.S. Treasury yields climb to…

Deutsche Boerse CEO to step down amid insider trading probe; ICE to sell commodities trading platform Trayport for £550m John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff ALTSO had more than 1400 people last night, and raised over $620,000 at its annual Rocktoberfest in NY. The Chicago event raised almost $145,000 with about 500 attendees. Way to go ALTSO! ~JK Bright Pink sat down with Kristin Wood, senior director, internal communications and community relations at CME Group, to learn more about this best-in-class corporate partnership. CME Group is on track to make a gift of $160,000 to Bright Pink in 2017 through the annual Pink for a Purpose campaign. ~JJL To anybody who avidly follows the John Lothian Twitter…

Options Imply Little Risk of Market Correction; SEC Weighs How to Protect CAT; ECB’s power over clearing Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Options Imply Little Risk of Market Corrections Anytime Soon Myron Scholes and Ash Alankar – Bloomberg A watchful Federal Reserve has created a buoyant environment for equities. The S&P 500 Index is on course for its least volatile year since 1964. On top of that, anticipated volatility as measured by the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, or VIX, is near historical lows. jlne.ws/2xYLQax ****SD: “Options are signaling that this is not the time to take exaggerated risks because of a lack — if any — of upside potential, rather than out of concern about the possibility of…

Dark Trading Could Triple in Europe; SEC Defends CAT Plan After Hack; Regulatory ‘false choice; John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes A KISS Goodbye In case, you missed it, (and we did), the deadline for Project KISS from the CFTC ended on September 30th. If you want to see who said what about whatever can be improved on Dodd-Frank, all comment letters can be found here.. Among the names included on the KISSing contest were CME Group, which had a number of proposed rules it found problematic, including the Reg AT and position limits rule, not to mention liquidity resources which somehow do not count US Treasuries. Good reading, and only 37 pages for Christopher Kirkpatrick,…

Options Market Says Buy the Dip; Issues With Volatility Short-Selling Guru Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Options Market to Investors: Buy the Dip; Options traders aren’t pricing in a correction during September and October, even as worries abound. Steve Sears – Barron’s The options market is sending a message to stock investors: Keep calm and buy the dip. Despite the recent turbulence in the market, Standard & Poor’s 500 index options, which are used to hedge stock portfolios, are priced as if investors have little to worry about over the next two months. This stands in sharp contrast to the recent eruption of market commentary that warns stocks could severely tumble for any number…

Bond Trader’s $10 Million Volatility Bet Is Paying Off; ECB wary of putting end-date on quantitative easing; Low volatility blamed for poor investment bank results Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight On The Move: Vela Makes its second fintech acquisition in the last two months, acquiring Object Trading in addition to the OptionsCity deal that closed in June. Sarah Rudolph – John Lothian News Vela Trading Technologies has been on an acquisition binge since rebranding from its former incarnations as SR Labs and Wombat Financial Software – at least, if you can call two a binge. Less than a month after buying OptionsCity, the fintech company that provided electronic options and futures trading, Vela has announced it will acquire Object Trading, a global direct market access provider located…

Frankfurt Emerges as Biggest Banking Winner After Brexit; State Street Exits Its Dark Pool, Selling BlockCross to Instinet; U.K.’s Euro Clearing Business at Risk as ECB Requests More Powers John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Making the Johannesburg Stock Exchange a Global Player JohnLothianNews.com “The JSE, for eight years in a row now, was rated number one, two or three in the world by the World Economic Forum for the quality of financial market regulation.” The Johannesburg Stock Exchange is in the process of adjusting much of its infrastructure. It already transitioned from T+5 settlement to T+3 settlement (with no failed trades thus far); the derivatives trading technology is being replatformed; Cinnober is supplying a new clearing system that will be live at the start of 2018; and London Stock Exchange Group’s MTS…

Vela to Expand Trading Technology Capabilities with OptionsCity Acquisition; Bond Traders Double Down on 2017 Fed Bets Via Options Hedges; Gaming the Yuan – Making Money on a State-Controlled Currency Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight LSE Working On More Italian Derivatives Growth JohnLothianNews.com “We are also working and in close contact with the clearinghouse, because one of the key elements in developing derivatives markets now and probably in the time to come is post-trade efficiency.” The LSE bought Borsa Italiana in 2007. Nicolas Bertrand, the LSE’s head of derivatives, says in the past three years the exchange saw double digit volume growth with increasing support from international participants in the FTSE MIB futures complex. In Q3 2017, Borsa Italiana will extend its trading hours with the goal of capturing even more international…

How China’s Biggest Bank Became Wall Street’s Go-To Shadow Lender; JPMorgan Has a Surprisingly Simple Theory for Low Volatility; The ECB and tapering: a challenge that will not go away John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Ready for Trading Chicago? JLN We’re six days into June, which means there are only 22 days left until the FOW-JLN conference Trading Chicago on June 28th. It’ll be well worth it to attend. Just check out the program: speakers this year include the Streetwise Professor Craig Pirrong, Leslie Sutphen and Gary DeWaal debating Dodd-Frank, Fidessa’s Steve Grob, Chris Hehmeyer and Joshua Yang talking about our markets in an age of populism with Carl Gilmore. Other notables include Jay Feuerstein of Budo Group, Richard Mackey of Rosenthal Global Securities and Tim Gits of Eurex and Chris Anderson of…