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Options Market Plugs Away; Market Unease; Millennials & Investing Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Save the Date for OIC 2018 OIC Mark your calendar for next year’s Options Industry Conference, which will be held May 2-4, 2018, at the picturesque Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, located just off the coast of Florida. /goo.gl/YEjt8M ++++++ OCC News August/September 2017 OCC In this issue: Q&A with OCC’s Chief Security Officer Mark Morrison, updates from Capitol Hill, advocacy and charitable endeavors. jlne.ws/2xniZwc ++++++ Business and Friendship Went Together For Leo Melamed, Bob Wilmouth and Leslie Rosenthal John Lothian – JLN Leo Melamed lost two good friends in the last few days in Bob Wilmouth…

The Fed Unwinds; BTS Launches BTS Spark John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The Giving Tree This is a different type of giving tree, so hang with me. There are a number of announcements to be made today. If you had not seen the information about the visitation for Les Rosenthal, here it is: Chicago Jewish Funerals, 8851 Skokie Blvd. Skokie IL 60077, today, September 19, between 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice. There are a number of charities listed. In recent days prior to the sad news, JLN…

Interest (in) rates: CME’s suite soars Blog,Commentary,Feature,Options

Despite historical seasonality trends pointing to decreased trading activity in summer months, CME’s interest rate complex has been red hot. In the past month, CME Group has experienced records in a variety of rate-related products in terms of average daily volumes, open interest, electronic trading and investor participation. Average daily volumes (ADV) and open interest (OI) in Ultra 10-year Treasuries, Wednesday Weekly Options on Treasuries (just launched in June), electronic trading of eurodollar options are all at highs and foreign investor participation is on the rise.  (See the infographic below for more.) In August, OI in treasury options reached a record;…

VIX pioneer Dan Galai interview; Betting on risk is risky; FX Options Update Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories A pioneer of the VIX says the market is looking at volatility all wrong; VIX pioneer Dan Galai interview Joe Ciolli – Business Insider Stock market volatility — or the lack thereof — has been a hot-button topic on Wall Street of late. jlne.ws/2eM2u3f The VIX, VXX, SVXY, and volatility-linked ETFs: Betting on risk is risky Allison Schrager – Quartz No risk, no reward. That maxim has suffered recently, as the stock market has rewarded investors with steady returns amid historically low volatility. Traders looking to beat the market have fewer options in such placid conditions, so some…

Harvey throws a wrench into U.S. energy engine; NYSE owner lines up sale of energy trader; Chicago Exchange Sale Looks Shaky as China Tensions Rise John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The CME has published a video “Spread trading with E-mini Russell 2000 futures.”~JJL Leslie Sutphen is the speaker featured today in JLN from the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in Chicago from July.~JJL Bloomberg has a story “Odds of U.S. Technical Default About 15%, T-Bills Curve Shows.” This is something to keep your eye on.~JJL In more “millennials are wrecking things” news, J.D. Power reports “48% of millennials with $100,000 in investable assets … say they ‘probably will’ or ‘definitely will’ leave their current firm and advisor, compared with just 8%…

Stock Returns and Politics = Not Normal; VIX The Tail Wagging The Dog?; Euro Pressured as Volatility Rises Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Stock Returns, Like Politics, Are Not Normal; There are two primary reasons for the protracted decline in both implied and realized volatility. Dean Curnutt – Bloomberg Perhaps no consensus opinion has proven more incorrect than the notion that a Donald Trump presidency would lead to more market volatility. So range-bound has been the S&P 500 Index in 2017 that fully 60 percent of the days have produced a daily upside or downside return of less than 0.25 percentage point. /bloom.bg/2wqU4c9 ****SD: From WSJ – Investors Grapple With Signs of Unrest and from NY Times – The Stock Market…

Big FX bets bunched around Jackson Hole meeting; Options trader gets 1.5 years in prison; VIX Options Volume Record Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight No, Not the VIX – the VSTOXX Sarah Rudolph – JLN Even your dog has heard of the VIX, the Chicago Board Options Exchange‘s benchmark volatility index, but the VSTOXX, the benchmark for volatility in European stocks, is less of a household name in the U.S. Eurex has been trying to change that by adding more and more functionality to their VSTOXX products, starting out with spot prices and futures contracts on the index and then more recently moving into options on futures and ETNs. Yesterday, Eurex and Rival teamed up for a meetup in Chicago at…

DRW to Buy HFTer RGM; Tabb Options LiquidityMatrix; Investors remain bearish on volatility Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Why You Should Bet Your Career on Chicago FinTech – Michael Kraines Education.MarketsWiki.com “Twenty years ago it was about consolidation. It was about exchanges being smashed together and brokerages being smashed together. Now it’s going to be about technology being added to these traditional, old school businesses.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Michael Kraines, chief financial officer and chief commercial officer of Trading Technologies, discusses the growing Chicago fintech landscape and why the field can be a solid career choice. Kraines points out investment in Chicago fintech in the first…

Special Report: How Brexit is set to hurt Europe’s financial systems; SEC’s Clayton Calls on Agency to Ease Disclosure Burdens on Public Companies; Fed Will Unwind the Balance Sheet at an Awkward Moment John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read MarketsWiki Education: Day Two in the City That Never Sleeps By Spencer Doar, JLN Associate Editor (& Comedian in Residence) What digs! Day two of our MarketsWiki Education series in the city so nice they named it twice was hosted by Thomson Reuters in their penthouse level Carnegie Hall Auditorium overlooking Times Square. Of course, the only way to get the Carnegie Hall Auditorium was via the “practice” elevator. There were a few speed bumps along the way, but that was mostly due to Elaine Wah, IEX’s head of market quality. (Kidding of course — Wah spoke about…