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Senate Version of Options Markets Stability Act; Caution Hits Options Markets; Millennial FB trader Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Cboe Global Markets Announces Senate Version of Options Markets Stability Act Cboe Cboe Global Markets, Inc., one of the world’s largest exchange holding companies, announced that Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced S. 3283, The Options Markets Stability Act. bit.ly/2uX1m4Q ****SD: The speed at which this is moving along is encouraging. Caution Hits Options Markets as Liquidity Fears Flare Gunjan Banerji – Barron’s Major U.S. stock indexes have vaulted higher this week—at least until Facebook’s earnings-related plunge jolted the Nasdaq Composite—but the options market is signaling caution. An upbeat earnings season, with the…

Up to Two-Thirds of Bitcoin Transactions Have No Economic Value John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff One takeaway from the CME’s second quarter earnings report yesterday: Average daily volume at the exchange through the first half of the year was 20.2 million. In 2000, ADV was just over 2.5 million.~JK B3, formerly BM&F Bovespa, posted a volume increase of 52 percent on 1.3 billion contracts for the first half of 2018. FOW noted that it topped the Intercontinental Exchange‘s volume, moving B3 into third in terms of volume behind top exchange, CME Group up 20 percent with 2.5 billion contracts and the National Stock Exchange of India, up…

Facebook braces for stock wipeout as lower margins loom Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Mini-Manipulation Miscellany Spencer Doar – JLN Some of you are probably on the Security Traders Association mailing list. Tuesday’s email discussed FINRA’s surveillance priorities when multiple products are involved. The note is of particular interest for options market participants as the two key areas of focus mentioned are mini-manipulation and anticipatory hedging. The former involves trading a stock in order to benefit its options’ pricing and a common example of the latter is a broker front-running a customer order. (The note is worth a look just for the access to the archival PDF of the SEC’s 1978…

Crypto Markets News from John Lothian News – May 16, 2018 Americas,Blockchain,Blog,CryptoMarkets,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Fintech,Tech / HFT

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  Notes from Consensus 2018 – Day 2 By Chuck Mackie – JLN As expected, Day 2 of Coindesk’s Consensus conference lacked some of the energy and fireworks of the first day but it did manage to defy what seems to be a law of nature: fewer people in attendance at the second day of an industry event when compared to the first. In this case, Coindesk announced that total registration ticked up to over 8,500 and it was definitely harder to fight the lines for lunch on the second day compared to the first. Somehow I survived. Beyond that,…

Vol-targeting a bad scapegoat; Trafigura moving hedging ops; Facebook fears Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – The (Out)Take from FIA Boca JohnLothianNews.com After much travel and a spell of ill health, we can confidently say The Spread is back in action. Our “weekly” options news recap will be much more of a weekly affair now. (Flu season is pretty much over, right?) The JLN crew was at FIA Boca last week and your humble host really struggled without our usual teleprompter rig. As such, welcome to a rambling, stumbling version of The Spread that includes some outtakes from my poor pool performance. If you just want the behind the scenes…

SEC Urges End to CAT standoff; Deutsche Boerse plans FX expansion; HKEX working with ASX on blockchain John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Our Page Of The Day yesterday was industry legend Robert J. O’Brien, who turned 100 years old yesterday. His contributions to the industry and interviews with Mr. O’Brien were documented in the RJO O’Brien Centennial Video about the firm’s own 100 year anniversary in 2014, a video produced by John Lothian Productions.~JK Longtime accounting and back office professional Mark Connelly has left the futures industry. He started a new position as senior vice president – operations for All Clean Services responsible for running the Midwest Region. His responsibilities include managing and growing the…

Gorbachev is Dead! Fake News is Nothing New To The Markets Blog,Commentary,Investing & Trading

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Fake News Is Just Like a Game of Who Wants to be a Millionaire Fake news is nothing new. In fact, it is neither fake nor news. It is something called rumors. A rumor is just talk or opinion widely disseminated with no discernible source or a statement or report current without known authority for its truth. Sometimes it is true, sometimes it is not. Sometimes it was created by individuals to influence a market, sometimes it is just someone misinterpreting something they see. The markets have long dealt with rumors. That is part of the beauty of markets. They…

John Lothian Newsletter: CFTC Too Broke to Properly Police Flash Traders, Massad Says; SocGen shares tumble 13% as sector sell-off resumes; Bond Trading Desks Get a Hand From Algorithmic, Equity Veterans John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read A Fortune Built on the Back of Prayers John Lothian – John Lothian News Last week I announced on Facebook to my family and friends that I was headed to surgery again on my back. More about that later, but the response I received on Facebook made me realize why Mark Zuckerberg has become the fourth richest man in the world. My list of Facebook friends responded to news with best wishes, but more importantly with promises of prayers for my healing and well-being. This is not an uncommon experience on Facebook when people share challenges such as…

A Fortune Built on the Back of Prayers Blog,Commentary

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Last week I announced on Facebook to my family and friends that I was headed to surgery again on my back. More about that later, but the response I received on Facebook made me realize why Mark Zuckerberg has become the fourth richest man in the world. My list of Facebook friends responded to news with best wishes, but more importantly with promises of prayers for my healing and well-being. This is not an uncommon experience on Facebook when people share challenges such as mine. Some of the people I am friends with on Facebook are from high school. Some…