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Thesys vs. Goliath: That’s One Big CAT Commentary,Feature,Fintech,Regulation & Enforcement

Small company wins big with opportunity to build the Consolidated Audit Trail covering U.S. equities and options. FINRA, FIS, Cinnober, Thomson Reuters – what do they have in common? They are just a few of the 30 bidders who lost out on developing the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) to Thesys Technologies LLC, a subsidiary of the proprietary trading firm Tradeworx, founded in 2009. To develop and implement the CAT, Thesys partnered with IBM (which was a bidder on its own, too), as well Rosenblatt Securities and law firm Latham & Watkins. “You had some big tech companies that really understand…

Chicago’s Newest Trading Floor Will Be Staffed by Humans; Standard Chartered eyes New York energy trading, bucks Wall Street trend: sources; Complex short Vix products draw fire as vol plumbs lows Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight BOXing: Let the Bodies Hit the (Options) Floor Spencer Doar – JLN Golly, there’s been a ton of action in options markets lately. First, the surge of crypto news. Last week, MIAX’s investment in LedgerX received airtime as LedgerX was approved as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO), paving the way for bitcoin options. Then CBOE got into the fray with its announcement yesterday that it has partnered with Gemini, the cryptocurrency endeavor backed by the Winklevoss twins, to use its market data to create bitcoin futures. (I expressed my skepticism of the timeline laid out by CBOE…

Forget an IPO, Coin Offerings Are New Road to Startup Riches; Silver Futures Plunge, Rebound in Flash Crash; CFTC commodity swap data goes from bad to worse John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Crypto-innovations Jim Kharouf, JLN One look at today’s newsletter will tell you something – the traditional Wall Street system is ripe for disruption. The JLN piece on Overstock.com’s subsidiary Round One: How Overstock.com and tzero aim to knock out Wall Street shows how that firm is focused on using blockchain and its new Alternative Trading System ATS to do everything from trading securities via a blockchain, to finding an after hours trading niche. But tzero aims to create much more than that. While it’s still early days, it is not hard to imagine using the blockchain technology for…

This U.S. Treasuries ‘Breakout Play’ Has Rarely Been So Cheap; VIX most bearish hedge fund positioning on record; Soc Gen combines electronic and high-touch trading teams Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories This U.S. Treasuries ‘Breakout Play’ Has Rarely Been So Cheap Tanvir Sandhu – Bloomberg Rally in stocks and bonds calls for a more cautious approach; Risks of market correction are rising but yet to be irrational The low cost to hedge a break-out from the range in long-term rates may appeal to investors seeking hedges for a more measured portfolio stance. Strangles on the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF, which seeks to track the returns of an index of U.S. Treasury bonds with maturities greater than 20 years, are near all-time lows. /bloom.bg/2tb73Mo VIX most bearish hedge…

Republican plan would ease Wall Street rules, as party embraces deregulation; How the Flash Crash Trader’s $50 Million Fortune Vanished; LME’s Chamberlain favourite to take wheel of metals juggernaut John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read CME CEO Duffy isn’t worried about Trump Lynn Marek – Crain’s Chicago Business Terry Duffy’s executive suite at CME Group, a few floors above the Chicago River, is lined with shelves of photos picturing him with politicians from both sides of the aisle. In one, the CME chief exec is flanked by former Republican President George W. Bush and his brother Jeb Bush on a Florida golf course last year. Shots of Democrats, President Barack Obama and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, have perches too. Noticeably absent: newly elected Republican President Donald Trump. jlne.ws/2lveEPX **JK: Bullish on derivatives. ++++…

At 34, the LME’s Newest Leader Ranks as One of the Youngest CEOs; Banks’ AI plans pose threat to thousands of jobs; Eris Exchange hires Bloomberg LP head of global markets John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Save the Dates For Chicago MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Series By John J. Lothian The Chicago MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity dates are set for July. We are returning to the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart School of Business the week of July 17 to 21. IIT is also known simply as Illinois Tech. We are seeking speakers and sponsors for the series in Chicago, New York and London. We are hoping to announce a date for a Stockholm event soon. We are pushing back plans for a Frankfurt event for the time being. We are looking…

Investors are bracing for a massive stock-market selloff; No single factor behind sterling flash crash, BIS says; VIX Watch – Markets Not Prepared For US-China Trade War Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Investors are bracing for a massive stock-market selloff Joseph Adinolfi – MarketWatch If options traders are correct, stocks are in for a wild ride in February. Demand for one-month call options tied to the CBOE Volatility Index, a popular gauge of stock-market volatility, has spiked in the past week, a sign that some are bracing for a sharp downturn following the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. jlne.ws/2jglzNX ****SD: Happy Friday the 13th everybody! No single factor behind sterling flash crash, BIS says BBC October’s flash crash in sterling was caused by several factors – including the time of…

Sterling ‘Flash Crash’ Was Caused by Myriad Factors, BIS Says; Formula for Trading on Trump Tweets Eludes Wall Street’s Best and Brightest; Transparency lessons for Washington from Wall Street John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read ICE Moves JLN Staff The Intercontinental Exchange announced the hiring of Raymond Kahn, who will focus on ICE’s Interest Rates business. Prior to joining ICE, Kahn had his own firm, Archon Capital Advisors, with a focus on the use of blockchain technology in the post-trade and settlement space. (You can see our article here.) Before that, Kahn managed Barclay’s OTC clearing platform from its inception, as well as the FCM. This is a great hire for ICE. The exchange also re-hired Brookly McLaughlin as senior director, marketing and public affairs. Some solid and interesting moves by ICE so…

Chicago retains role as capital of derivatives industry; Fintech Firm Could Help Unravel Mysteries Behind Flash Crashes; Who Cares About the Fed? Not the World’s Biggest Bond Fund John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Philip Stafford, Financial Times – “The Most Valuable Commodity I Know of is Information” MarketsWikiEducation.com “A market without information doesn’t trade, doesn’t move anywhere. It’s illiquid. Nothing happens and everybody goes away — [that’s] the last thing anyone wants. So information ends up being the most critical thing of all.” Philip Stafford of the Financial Times is both an insider and an outsider in the financial world. He does not make markets, code risk management software or hawk new share offerings to prospective clients. On the other hand, he speaks with people from all corners of the the…