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Mexico Said to Take First Steps in Annual Oil Hedging Program; Treasuries-Bund Trade Is About to Get Interesting; No fear – Wall Street’s volatility gauge drops to 23-year low Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Mexico Said to Take First Steps in Annual Oil Hedging Program Nacha Cattan and Javier Blas – Bloomberg Mexico said to ask banks for options quotes to fix 2018 prices; Mexico annual sovereign hedge is Wall Street largest oil deal Mexico has taken the first step in its annual oil hedging program, asking Wall Street banks for price quotes on the put options it buys to lock in prices for the following year, according to people familiar with the matter. Mexico usually buys put options from a small group of investment banks, starting as early as May but…

Low Volatility and the Risks of Crowded Trades; The Fear Gauge Is So Tiny, It’s Adorable; China H-share volatility at all-time low Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight April Marketshare via OCC Lead Stories Low Volatility and the Risks of Crowded Trades Dean Curnutt, Macro Risk Advisors – Bloomberg Amid an improbable level of calm in markets, it’s worth remembering what Victor Haghani, a partner at Long-Term Capital Management, said in early 1999 about the fund’s implosion, especially given that quiet markets are compelling trading strategies that capitalize on low levels of volatility. jlne.ws/2pt69sz ****SD: Gotta say, LTCM references always get me to read more. Market Recon: The Fear Gauge Is So Tiny, It’s Adorable Stephen Guilfoyle – TheStreet Isn’t it just adorable? Cute little…

The future of futures markets: Exchanges looking to fail fast Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Mwiki

Andreas Preuss, deputy CEO, Deutsche Boerse had a show stopper. At the IOMA: World Federation Exchanges conference in Frankfurt on Friday, he said his exchange will have to speed up its business processes exponentially in the next two to three years in order to thrive. Implementing products and services from beginning to release will go from today’s 18 months to 4 days. Yes, you read that correctly. And no, no one in the audience was laughing. “The old way was seven months of iterations of prototypes,” Preuss said. “In the world I am aiming at, the business IT and operations…

Big Banks Poised to Scoop Up Fintech Startups, Report Finds; Frankfurt-London Truce Died Along With Deutsche Boerse Deal; Data Clash Heats Up Between Banks and New York Stock Exchange John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read NEX Stop, The Future Of Markets Jim Kharouf – JLN Sometimes the machine needs a reboot. Such is the case with NEX Group, the former ICAP group minus the ICAP voice brokerage business. By now, we know that NEX’s CEO Michael Spencer looked to the future and decided that voice brokering wasn’t it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. But it just isn’t what he wants to do with his time or shareholder money. So what’s left? Plenty actually, although it took me a while to figure it out. In a simplistic sense, the company is rolling all…

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.