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U.S. stocks, VIX dance in tandem in break with history; Risk On Trade Correlation Between Bitcoin And Wall Street’s Fear Index Raises Alarm Bells; Frenzied Feast of Bullish Buyers Puts Risk Market in Danger Zone Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories U.S. stocks, VIX dance in tandem in break with history Saqib Iqbal Ahmed – Reuters A rising U.S. stock market normally reduces fear among investors, but the blistering pace of the current rally has instead also driven up the anxiety factor in the market. The S&P 500 Index and the Cboe Volatility Index, which is the main gauge for measuring investor fears that benchmark stocks will drop in the near term, have moved in rare tandem form. jlne.ws/2DV9qZx ****SD: As of this writing VIX is around 13 and the S&P 500 is down about .3 percent. Risk On…

Trump Healthcare Fail Is Making Wall Street’s ‘Fear Index’ Soar; ‘Trump disappointment trade is now in full swing’; Dow Poised for Longest Losing Streak Since 2011 Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight JLN Exchange Leader Series 2017: By Leveraging Bats’ Technology, CBOE’s Tilly Wants To Expand Footprint JohnLothianNews.com CBOE Holdings arguably had its biggest year in history in 2016 with the purchase of Bats Global Markets for $3.2 billion. The deal expanded CBOE’s footprint in the securities space in the US and in Europe, plus forex as well. It also provided a new technology platform to keep CBOE competitive. Read the rest and watch the video » ++++ CloudMargin gains traction: Remote processing and storage is here to stay in financial services Spencer Doar – JLN There is no…

Better Volatility: Scott Nations and ISE Look to Launch a Better Volatility Contract Interview,Video

There is a regular drum beat in the financial services arena about a “new asset class” or the “next asset class”, many of which really aren’t actually new. In recent years, volatility has checked most, if not all, of the boxes for a new asset class. The space has been dominated by the CBOE Volatility Index, better known as the VIX or “fear gauge.” But now a new volatility instrument has emerged, the VolDex, which teams Chicago-based options index firm NationsShares with the International Securities Exchange (ISE). Scott Nations, president and CIO of NationsShares, says his VolDex index, on which…

JLN Options: SEC Alleges ‘Systemic’ Lapses in Oversight at CBOE Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories SEC Alleges ‘Systemic’ Lapses in Oversight at CBOEJacob Bunge, The Wall Street JournalThe Securities and Exchange Commission fined CBOE Holdings Inc. CBOE $6 million for alleged breakdowns in its regulatory and compliance functions related to its oversight of what the SEC called abusive short-selling activities.http://jlne.ws/117In32** Press releases from both the SEC and the CBOE regarding this are below in the “Regulation” section. -JB CME primed for new derivatives rulesNeil Munshi, Philip Stafford and Michael Mackenzie, Financial TimesCME Group, the world largest futures exchange operator, is leading a group of US exchanges hoping to take full advantage of the…

JLN Options: ‘Fear Index’ Surging? This Chart Says It’s a Speed Bump Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories ‘Fear Index’ Surging? This Chart Says It’s a Speed BumpBrendan Conway, Barron’sThe “fear index,” which jumped 18% on Wednesday, is up 30% this month. But dig a little deeper to see the way the market prices S&P 500 (SPY) volatility has barely budged.http://jlne.ws/13kP7t6 Quantitative easing is like a ‘huge glass of warm milk’ for VIXTom Bemis, MarketWatchNicholas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx, argues Wednesday that if these were normal times, the fear index would be double where it is.http://jlne.ws/XTCqai Volatility Readings Signaling Systemic Changes for Stock, Gold, FX?John Kicklighter, Daily FXVolatility is used by many as a…

JLN Options: Beyond Heinz, Options Trades Draw Scrutiny Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Beyond Heinz, Options Trades Draw ScrutinyKaitlynn Kiernan, The Wall Street JournalA windfall bet made in H.J. Heinz Co. options one day before a buyout was announced Thursday prompted regulators to act quickly, freezing assets they suspect are tied to the trade.But the Heinz bet, which the Securities and Exchange Commission said could have paid out $1.7 million, was just the latest in a series of unusual options trades made ahead of the disclosures of big deals and other news that moved share prices.http://jlne.ws/WU8qsj** See press release below under “Regulation” from the SEC regarding the Heinz case. –JB Volatility…

JLN Options: A Sensible Change in Taxing Derivatives Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories A Sensible Change in Taxing DerivativesVictor Fleischer, DealbookIt’s not every day that I’m happy with Congress.Readers may recall David Kocieniewski’s article about Ronald S. Lauder, an heir to the Estée Lauder fortune with a net worth of more than of $3 billion.http://jlne.ws/X5qw74 Here’s How The ‘Fear Index’ Recovered After 11 Major CrisesSam Ro, Business InsiderThe analysts at Credit Suisse recently published their Global Investment Returns Yearbook The Big Picture’s Barry Ritholtz: recently pointed us to it.http://jlne.ws/X5rEaL  Nasdaq Talks With Carlyle Signal Exchange Takeovers Not OverLindsey Rupp, Leslie Picker & Whitney Kisling, BloombergNasdaq OMX Group Inc.’s talks with Carlyle…

JLN Options: A Washington Post Article On The Debt Ceiling Is Being Blamed For The Collapse In Market Volatility Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories A Washington Post Article On The Debt Ceiling Is Being Blamed For The Collapse In Market VolatilityJoe Weisenthal, Business InsiderQuick heads up.Some folks are attributing the market rally and the collapse of volatility to a Washington Post article by Greg Sargent arguing that the GOP isn’t united in their Debt Ceiling strategy as people might think.http://jlne.ws/13h48x9 As VIX slumbers, investors grow complacent David Berman, The Globe and MailBill Luby at the VIX and More blog has been polling readers weekly on their top fears. In the latest poll, concerns about the U.S. deficit and debt ceiling have become the…