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Equity options transparency; Funds That Seek to Hedge the Next Correction Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Equity Options Transparency: What You See May Not Be What You Get Larry Tabb and Alicia Reilly – TABB Forum With no dark pools, hidden trades, or internalization schemes, and with each execution hitting the tape posted on a licensed and regulated exchange, we love to talk about how transparent the equity options markets are. This has helped propel option volumes to grow to well over 15 million contracts a day in May 2018 as retail customers and firms continue to enter the space. With 15 exchanges and multiple pricing models (some even on the same exchange), however,…

China/HKEX battle heats up; ETFs Unlikely to Cause Widespread Mkt Disruption John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The JLN Team was saddened to learn of the passing of FIA employee Bernadette Connolly, who passed away after a long illness. Bernie was loved and very respected, as FIA so appropriately shares in their tribute further down the newsletter.~JJL Thinking about purchasing a foreign car in the United States? You should consider putting the pedal to the metal on that urge as the WSJ reported that U.S. dealers expect an imported vehicle to cost $5,800 more after a 25 percent tariff increase. ~SD For the first time since 2008, 3mo T-bills hit…

tastytrade raises $20m; February’s legacy; ETFs using derivatives; CME latency tricks Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Hot Friday In Chicago SD – JLN With all the trade rhetoric floating around and the market’s intraday gyrations, I haven’t felt the onset of stereotypical summer sluggishness. Until today. Something about waking up to “excessive heat” warnings on my weather app, spot VIX opening lower (S&P 500 up, Dow up, Russell up) and it being a slightly slow day for options news just feels like summer. Well, that and the fact that an array of fireworks have been going off in my neighborhood’s alleys since Wednesday… Speaking of black powder, it’s a short week next week…

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…

SEC Pours Cold Water on Prospect of Bitcoin ETFs; Rolling back regulations often comes before a financial meltdown; Bond Markets’ Last Line of Resistance Faces Digital Encroachment John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff I will be in Washington, DC on Monday and Tuesday for the Technology Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday at the CFTC. ~JJL IMC was in the builtinchicago list of “The 10 coolest Chicago tech offices we saw in 2017”. ~JJL This, from https://goo.gl/xGjaTW|today’s New York Times piece, “‘Every time you transfer a cryptocurrency, you might trigger a gain and pay a tax,’ said Selva Ozelli, a tax lawyer and accountant.” ~JK There’s a new report out from WalletHub regarding 2018’s [U.S.] Cities with the Highest and Lowest Credit-Card Debts. Chicago comes in the…

Quant funds set to pass $1tn mark; Hong Kong Exchange Eyes New Trading Rules; Spread-betting rise threatened by EU rules John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Brazil’s exchange, B3 (formerly BM&FBovespa) announced its main stock market performance index – Ibovespa – hit a record high Friday, ending the day at 79.071 points, up 0.54 percent from the previous Ibovespa record of 78.647 points last Thursday.~JK SGX reported its derivatives volume was 178.4 million, up 18 percent in 2017 from the previous year, with its FTSE China A50 Index futures the most active contract with 64 million contracts, up 13 percent. Here is the full report.~JK With Mark Mobius retired from Franklin Templeton, who in emerging markets will pick up…

US financial regulators warn investors on bitcoin risks; Asian buyers spur bitcoin rise John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff A new survey from DTCC shows geopolitical risk as a top 5 concern of 69 percent of those surveyed – an all-time high. Plenty of other fun stats and infographics in there to digest.~SD Deutsche Boerse turned 25 years old. I believe I was once told that the average age of the people who started it was 28. ~JJL Have you seen the Chicago Blockchain Project?~JJL Yesterday’s JLN Options newsletter covered the lack of FX volatility, the potential for bitcoin options and the short vol trade.~SD The NFA staff coordinated the donation…

Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Fintech,Investing & Trading,JLN Subgroups

Aren’t people supposed be getting into holiday mode? Isn’t December supposed to be slow, with nothing but junior staff running around trying not to mess things up?  In the cryptocurrency space, that’s clearly not the case. The CFTC on Friday said CME Group and Cboe Global Markets were okay to launch their respective bitcoin futures products through the self-certification process. CME quickly announced it would launch bitcoin futures on December 18, and then on Monday morning, Cboe announced a December 10 launch date and free trading for the first month to help the contract gain traction. Cboe’s contract will trade…

New Deutsche Boerse chief; Bank bond-rigging case; Americans don’t know why they buy Bitcoin John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read WILD Women Make Sound Investment Decisions; Women will have $22 trillion of investing wealth by 2020 By Sarah Rudolph – JLN Managing Editor Now that women actually have their own money, they – like men – need to know how to make it grow with savings and investments. Women are projected to have $22 trillion of the investing wealth by the year 2020 – they had better know what to do with it. Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD), which has become well known for its efforts in the advancement of women in the financial industry, brought together another…