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Bitcoin certifications; Least Volatilite Year Ever?; Interactive Brokers customers file complaint Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Putting on My Broker Hat About Bitcoin John J. Lothian – JLN Everyone is asking about bitcoin. A journalist called and asked to interview me. A magazine called and asked me to write something. A brokerage firm chief risk manager called to ask me my opinion about bitcoin and bitcoin futures. Two weeks ago, a former employer I have not seen in 10 years called me out in Coindesk.com for my bitcoin qualms. At the dinner table my son Robby opened up about owning not just bitcoin, but bitcoin cash, ether and monero. This is a full-fledged…

VIX Bits: The Thermometer Isn’t Broken Blog,Commentary,Options

On the 30th anniversary of the ‘87 market crash last week, Cboe, in collaboration with ProShares, hosted a panel discussion “Current Dynamics of the VIX Market.” There was a lot to glean – from the applications of VIX ETPs to unique characteristics of VIX futures to general perceptions of volatility. Dominic Salvino, Group One’s VIX options specialist, had an analogy for the current low levels of VIX, comparing it to high February temperatures in Chicago. On February 18, the thermometer reached 70 degrees Fahrenheit, only the fourth time that’s happened since 1971. Is that weird? Yes. Is it worth noting?…

JLN Options: Options Week in Review Newsletter,Options

A recent Tabb Group report found that high-frequency trading is dominating US options trading, and that keeping up with the pace of technology in a climate of tight budgets and low trading volumes is becoming too difficult for many firms.  The industry is transforming as smaller “mom and pop” market making firms disappear. The CBOE VIX, known as the “fear index,” is up 30% this month, but a chart shows that longer maturities through September have barely budged, leading Susquehanna Financial Group’s Chris Jacobson to conclude that the VIX spike is just a blip rather than a longer term trend,…