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Uncovering the Secret History of Wall Street’s Largest Oil Trade; Cowen Group to Buy Brokerage Firm Convergex for $116 Million; Hedge funds square up most of their former record bullish position in oil Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight March Marketshare via OCC ++++++ No Garfield Needed – A Good Case of the Mondays at CME Spencer Doar – JLN Yesterday was the first trading day for CME’s Monday weekly options on the S&P 500 and E-Mini S&P. The launch comes after the success of the Wednesday weeklies that were launched in September 2016 — now some 50-60k of the Wednesday contracts are traded daily. The CME debuted Mondays this month ahead of the French elections after seeing how much trading activity other political events of 2016 caused during off-hours. “What’s interesting is that even though…

Oil volatility migrates from flat prices to spreads; Hedging is about to make a comeback on global crude oil markets; Hedging risk at peak levels through 2016 Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Oil volatility migrates from flat prices to spreads John Kemp – Reuters “Volatility can be neither created nor destroyed, rather it transforms from one form into another,” is a pretty fair summary of how the oil market works (with apologies to physicists). The benchmark price of Brent crude has been unusually stable since the middle of December, but there has been plenty of movement in the futures strip and crack spreads. Hedge funds have amassed an unusually large net long position in crude futures and options betting on a further increase in benchmark prices, but the position has…

OCC Names New CFO, Treasurer, and Chief Compliance Officer; Volume on Oil Derivatives Hits Record as Traders Eye $60 a Barrel; OPEC Deal Upends Everything in Oil Market, Not Just Prices Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight November Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC ++++ The View from Convergex: Reinvention, Options and Market Structure Spencer Doar – JLN It may come as a surprise that Convergex, the agency brokerage with headquarters in New York, has a hand in approximately 20 percent of all options routed through U.S. listed options exchanges and actually executes some 8 percent of daily options volume. The company has been reinventing itself over the last two-and-a-half years under the leadership of Eric Noll, who became CEO in the wake of a 2013 settlement. Convergex’s reputation took a hit when it admitted…

An Options Contract That’s Not for the Faint of Heart; Why A Resilient Risk Management and Internal Control Infrastructure Matters; “Election Certainty” Not Showing Up In SPX Options Market Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Last Chance to Sign Up For London MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Event By John J. Lothian On Friday the registration for the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity event in London will close. You can still sign up your interns, newer employees or anyone interested here. The event is FREE and not to be missed. We have a great line-up of speakers, though we have a couple of changes to announce. Paul Christensen and Jeremy Grant had to step aside as conflicts came up. The FT’s Phillip Stafford has agreed to step in for Mr. Grant. We…

A Tangled Web: Exploring The Explosive U.S. Growth Of Options On Futures Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Mwiki,Options

Options on futures volumes have been on the rise since the financial crisis. To explore the reasons for the trend, John Lothian News spoke with a variety of industry participants over the course of the summer.  The cause of the increasing volumes is an amalgam of larger trends in the financial industry, and the effects are a bright spot in an overall dark landscape.   Click here to view the article.         

Jeffrey Tessler: Deutsche Boerse Exchange Reorganization Is Done, Now Onto The London Stock Exchange Deal Commentary

Jeffrey Tessler is a busy man these days as the person overseeing a recently restructured unit at Deutsche Boerse called “Customers, Products & Core Markets.” The new division rolls together Eurex, Eurex Clearing and Clearstream, the collateral management and settlement business. “We had it separated, so by bringing it together and walking into a client, we can talk about what is most important to them,” said Tessler, at the FIA IDX conference in London. “Obviously, clearing is an important aspect of their business and also the collateral management and collateral efficiency, and collateral optimization. How do we bring it all…

John Lothian Newsletter: Financial PR spins a new global story; Markit acquires interest in commodities price reporting agency PRIMA; Innovation chief Bradley departs Eurex John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read The Economy Is Rigged, and Other Presidential Campaign MythsBy N. GREGORY MANKIW – NY TimesIf you want to learn about the economy, there are good and bad places to go. Probably the worst source of reliable information is the current crop of presidential candidates. Dissembling and exaggeration are no strangers to politics, but this year’s campaigns have been particularly egregious.goo.gl/4pwDNM ***** There used to be lies, damn lies and statistics. Now there are just damn lies. ++++ CHX Confirms SNAP Auction Starting DateBusiness WireThe Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) confirmed that May 13 is the date it will introduce…

Squeezing Pennies: Clearing Houses Reach For Compression, Margin Relief and Netting Commentary,Financials,Regulation

When it comes to clearing and settlement today, the name of the game is capital efficiency. With a host of regulations hitting the market, particularly with bank capital requirements under Basel III, exchanges and clearing houses are moving quickly to find ways for banks and clearing FCMs to lower the amount of cash they need to hold onto in the name of lower systemic risk. It is an interesting time to be in the clearing space, as clearing firms offer a number of new services and some oldies aimed at clearing FCMs. Portfolio margining, which has been done more or…

So I Found You Again On Facebook: LSE and Deutsche Börse Dating Again Financials,Regulation,Special Report

Well, here we go again. The on again, off again affair between the London Stock Exchange Group and Deutsche Börse is, well on again. The two exchanges are looking to create “an exchange of equals” which would pair two powerful securities, derivatives, clearing, products and services companies in the global exchange space. LSE made a run at Deutsche Börse, just prior to the DB’s IPO in February 2001 but the deal fell through when shareholders in London objected. The second deal proposal between the two in 2004 ended with more shareholder disdain. And now here we are in 2016 with…