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Cash and Futures in Bitcoin Are a Different Story Blog,Commentary,Feature,Mwiki

The high margins charged by the CME and Cboe for bitcoin futures, and the additional margins required by the futures commission merchants to trade the products, have turned the normal dynamics of futures trading versus cash trading upside down. With the CME charging 47 percent margins, and some firms charging double margins on bitcoin futures, the cost of trading is nearly 100 percent of the underlying contract value. Normally futures contracts allow traders to control higher notionally valued contracts for much lower margin amounts. Margins of 3 percent to 10 percent are the norm, depending on the commodity or instrument…

Donna Heidkamp – Strive for Self Improvement MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“Having the chance to be on the front lines working with the markets is an invaluable experience no matter what you do in the industry, no matter where you end up or what path you take.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Donna Heidkamp, executive director at RJO Futures, talks about her first internship with the CME and how it shaped her future. Heidkamp says high volatility is what the industry needs to keep things moving in a positive direction. When volatility is low, people get antsy and start making emotional decisions.     

Strong October Options Volumes; American Options Calibration Issues; Betting Against Bitcoin Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight ESMA Consults On Calculation Of Derivative Positions Mondovisione The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published for public consultation future guidelines on the calculation of derivative positions by trade repositories (TRs) authorised in the European Union under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). jlne.ws/2hIw0Mb ****SD: In the link to future guidelines that is provided, there is this – “In contrast to the approach required under MiFID II/R to calculate position limits, position calculations with regards to options are not based on delta-adjusted notional values. Rather, the relevant gross notional values that are reported under EMIR…

“Unwarranted” G-SIB reqs; Scared of the CAT; Vol comeback welcome Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight   Bitcoin rockets above $5,000 to all-time high Jemima Kelly – Reuters Bitcoin smashed through the $5,000 barrier for the first time on Thursday, jumping as much as 8 percent on the day as investors shrugged off the latest warnings on the risks of buying into the booming cryptocurrency market. jlne.ws/2yjA2jC ****SD: There will be plenty of crypto talk at FIA Expo next week, especially as exchanges progress with their nascent endeavors to launch crypto products. However, I still am not certain what percentage of people who talk about digital currencies/blockchain actually know what the heck makes…

HFTers adjust; “Low” VIX in context; Chinese firms rush to FX hedges Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories High-frequency traders adjust to overcapacity and leaner times Nicole Bullock – Financial Times Recalling the years around the financial crisis may still bring a shudder to many on Wall Street, but for high-speed traders 2008-2009 were pay dirt. The high-frequency trading industry was still in an early stage. Recent regulatory change, opening the way for competition, and computing advances had paved the way for its rapid development. As markets took fright through the crisis, there was plenty of price volatility and high volumes of asset dealings — the raw materials for any trader to make money. jlne.ws/2ydkdKX ****SD:…

Fed plan threatens FCM capital jump; Shorting vol; Macquarie leapfrogs Goldman Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Fed G-Sib plan threatens 50bp jump in FCM capital Louie Woodall – Risk.net A below-the-radar move to tweak the way the US Federal Reserve assesses systemic risk could force banks to raise billions of dollars in extra capital to support their client clearing businesses, critics claim. A rule change proposed by the Fed on August 24 would require banks to include all cleared derivatives transactions in its Banking Organization Systemic Risk Report, known as FR Y-15. The report is used to calculate the capital surcharge for the eight US global systemically important banks. The new reporting requirement would…

Your Future Starts with You – Paul Georgy MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“We were gung-ho we were going to be commodity brokers. When one of the speakers walked into the room he said within one year, half of you are no longer going to be in business. Within two years, there will only be five of you left in business. And within five years, there’s only going to be one of you left in the business. I’m the survivor and pretty happy about it.”   In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Paul Georgy, CEO of Allendale,  breaks down what it takes to be successful in the…

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…

Robot Traders Jolt Life Into Slow-Speed European Stock Venue; Irishman targets more disruption in ‘trading war’ with Wall Street; Europe Needs a Higher Price on Carbon John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Take Our Survey: Yeah, really By Jim Kharouf, JLN Editor-in-Chief & CEO If you’re like me, you’re about to roll your eyes but hang in there. We need your help on our annual survey. If you’re still reading, it’s really import. This 3-minute survey helps us learn a bit more about our readers as well as what you like and what you don’t like about our publications and websites. It’s also a great place to leave us comments and suggestions for future content and services. We’ve tried to sweeten the deal this year by offering a chance to…