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Mexico Takes First Steps in Annual Oil Hedging Program Newsletter,Options

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Observations & Insight The Options Industry Leader Series 2018 – Nasdaq’s Kevin Kennedy Brought to you by the OCC In this video from the 36th annual Options Industry Conference in Amelia Island, Fla., Kevin Kennedy, Nasdaq senior vice president and head of U.S. options, talks about how the industry weathered low volatility, Nasdaq’s proprietary product suite and capital requirement issues. Watch the video here » ++++++ Ibbo’s Kilt Challenge By Mark Ibbotson I am wearing a kilt to the IDX 2018 Gala for Futures for Kids because I believe in this charity’s mission! Each year, FIA hosts the IDX Gala…

VIX Quirk Caused by Liquidity Shortage, Not Rigging, Cboe Says Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight SIX Turns 10: SIX’s Urs Rüegsegger Says the Vertical Model and Interoperability Works JohnLothianNews.com Ten years ago, SIX Group was formed in a merger between SWX Group, Telekurs Group and SIS Group, creating a new vertical business model. Urs Rüegsegger, chairman of SIX Swiss Exchange, helped lead that transition and growth as CEO of the exchange for nine years before stepping down last December. JLN’s Jim Kharouf sat down with Rüegsegger at the WFE’s IOMA Conference in Chicago to talk about how SIX and its clearing business has grown over the past decade. Watch the video and…

VIX Faces Probes With Controversial Auction at Issue John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Congratulations to OIC’s Mary Savoie and the OCC/OIC team that organized this year’s Options Industry Conference. The venue was great, the weather nice and the execution of the conference was terrific.~JJL No one wanted to sponsor a porta potty for the OIC beach cabana party yesterday. Something about bad branding. I suggested OCC should have sponsored them. After all, OCC is where our liquidity is pooled.~JJL We forgot to unlock the video interview with WFE’s Nandini Sukumar. The video is now unlocked and available for viewing. Our apologies, but shame on all of…

Profiting From Wall Street Fear is No Longer Easy for Cboe Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Nandini Sukumar Explains the WFE’s Mission and Vision JohnLothianNews.com Nandini Sukumar took the reins as CEO of the World Federation of Exchanges in 2015. Under her leadership, the 57-year-old organization has been revitalized and its membership now represents more than 200 market infrastructure providers. She spoke with JLN’s Jim Kharouf about how WFE approaches key issues facing exchanges, clearing houses and other market participants. She said one of the organization’s main points of focus, now 10 years since the 2008 financial crisis, is maintaining trust in the exchange space. Watch the video » Lead Stories Profiting From…

Why Profiting From Wall Street Fear is No Longer Easy for Cboe John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Crypto Regulation Is Just Getting Started Jim Kharouf – JLN One thing is certain about regulation of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets. We’re in the earliest of stages. And we’re caught between industry participants clamoring for clarity and regulators taking varied and measured approaches. It’s an awkward time for this market as new ideas and uses for initial coin offerings range from the next great financial payment system on blockchain to the world’s first blockchain toothbrush that lets you mine coins by brushing your teeth. Last month, the Institute For Financial Markets hosted its second Smart Regulation Roundtable…

Begging the Question on VIX Manipulation Newsletter,Options

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Observations & Insight Options Exchange Marketshare – April 2018 ++++ OCC’s Evolving Leadership Role in the Options Industry JohnLothianNews.com The OCC didn’t always position itself as a thought leader in the derivatives industry, but as exchanges’ business interests shifted over the years to multiple asset classes, OCC is one of the few organizations left that can bring its focus solely to bear on equity options. In this video, OCC CEO and Executive Chairman Craig Donohue talks about the evolution of the OCC and the Options Industry Council. Watch the video » Lead Stories Begging the Question on VIX Manipulation Streetwise…

The Real Risk Is Believing That Volatility Is Risk Newsletter,Options

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Observations & Insight NOTITLE Back to the (Broker) Dealer’s Table JohnLothianNews.com It was back at the turn of the century that Tony Saliba founded LiquidPoint, the broker-dealer known for its options execution management technology that at one point executed a fifth of daily options volumes. LiquidPoint would eventually be sold to ConvergEx Group in 2007, which in turn would spin off LiquidPoint to Dash in 2017, forming Dash Financial Technologies. Saliba remained with LiquidPoint through 2014. Saliba said he swore he’d never get back into the broker dealer space, but in 2018 it was announced he was launching Matrix Executions,…

It’s a Scary Time to Be Trading Wall Street’s Fear Index Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Cybersecurity and Technology Upgrades – John Davidson, OCC JohnLothianNews.com The OCC is in the process of making what is a big decision for a systemically important financial market utility (SIFMU) – how to best upgrade a tech stack responsible for clearing millions of options and futures contracts daily. In this video from JLN’s annual series with industry leaders, OCC President and Chief Operating Officer John Davidson talks about how the OCC is weighing its cloud vendor options, addressing cybersecurity concerns and the regulatory initiatives on the road ahead. Watch the video and read the rest here »…

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…