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Hultgren Questions Powell On Options Market; Pound Volatility; VIX Futures Settlement Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Timely Capital Relief Comments from Fed Chair Powell or: The Options Market Stability Act Was On TV! Spencer Doar – JLN During Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony on Capitol Hill, Rep. Randy Hultgren asked Chairman Powell about targeted capital relief for bank-affiliated clearers of options liquidity providers. Recall that Rep. Hultgren authored legislation – the Options Market Stability Act – that just passed the House. That legislation seeks to provide relief for clearers by directing banking regulators “to consider a number of items including the availability of liquidity, the economic value of delta weighting and netting…

VIX lawsuit update; Treasury options; CCP margin Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories VIX MDL Lead Should Have Young, Diverse Attys, Judge Says Lauraann Wood – Law360 (SUBSCRIPTION) The Illinois federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over alleged manipulation of the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s volatility index told investors’ attorneys he’ll be looking for details on team diversity and the potential for “substantive work for junior attorneys” in any lead counsel applications they submit. /goo.gl/XRDRsz ****SD: Am I missing something? This feels like code for “please represent yourself with less experienced counsel”? That sounds good for the defense… Treasury Short Bets May Be on Borrowed Time Liz McCormick and Edward Bolingbroke –…

FX volatility hopes; $100 a Barrel Oil Wager Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Options Industry Leader Series 2018 – NYSE’s Ivan Brown Brought to you by the OCC In this video from the 36th annual Options Industry Conference (OIC) in Amelia Island, Fla., Ivan Brown, NYSE’s head of options, talks about launching options on the FANG+ index, implementing a complex price improvement auction mechanism, and the resiliency of U.S. options markets. Watch the video here » ****SD: See the press release in our “Exchanges” section for more on the FANG+ offering. ++++++ Italy Rout Wipes Five Billion Euros From Bond Futures Market James Hirai – Bloomberg The sell-off in…

Bitcoin Options Would Tame This Beast; High Hopes for Low Vol; Death of FX Volatility Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – Week of 12/4 – 12/8 JohnLothianNews.com A JLN debut! The Spread is a brief weekly recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. (It won’t always be this crypto heavy – we swear.) The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode of The Spread: WSJ – What Could Stir Up the VIX? Higher Inflation Bloomberg – Pound’s Acid Test on Brexit Is Yet to Come for Options Traders Highly Evolved Vol Blog – The Crowded Short Vol Trade JLN – Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Bloomberg…

Surge in oil options trading; Belief in cryptocurrencies; FX vol collapsing Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Oil Options Trading Surges After Funds Buy Into OPEC’s Rebalancing Alex Longley – Bloomberg Brent, WTI option volumes hit multi-month highs on Monday; Funds seen drawn by tightening oil market, Mideast tensions Options trading for crude oil this week jumped to the highest in five months as money managers backed OPEC’s effort to rebalance the oil market and as regional tensions flared in the Middle East. jlne.ws/2AqPTLV ****SD: More on the fund buy in from John Kemp of Reuters, who lays out more on the overall action in the petroleum realm, not just WTI and Brent. Saxo’s Ole…

CAT to boost cybersecurity threat?; FX markets stuck in low-volatility; Light trading volume in banks’ results Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Audit Trail Could Boost Cybersecurity Threat, Exchanges Say Benjamin Bain – Bloomberg CBOE’s Concannon sees little benefit gained for greater risk; SEC facing calls to delay CAT until security can be ensured Stock exchanges could become more exposed to cyberattacks through a trade database being built to help U.S. regulators police markets, industry executives said Tuesday. jlne.ws/2ygTyNx ****SD: Not to be lost in this ongoing discussion: SROs helped write the requirements for the CAT. FX Markets Are Stuck in Low-Volatility Quicksand With No Escape Dani Burger – Bloomberg Currency markets are trapped by low volatility and only a…

VIX Fears; CME Launches Wednesday Weekly Options Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Wall Street’s ‘fear gauge’ on pace for record closing nadir as stock market trades at all-time high Mark DeCambre – MarketWatch A popular measure of Wall Street volatility was headed to an all-time low, highlighting a protracted period of subdued moves on Wall Street, as assets considered risky climb to records. The CBOE Volatility Index VIX, -3.53% often referred to as the market’s fear gauge, was trading recently at 9.14, which would mark the lowest close for the indicator since Dec. 22, 1993 when it ended at 9.31. jlne.ws/2fTF9R3 ****SD: XIV is trading above 100 today for the…

Currency vol expectations regarding Jackson Hole; Debt-ceiling concerns; Credit Suisse hires Ebert from BAML Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Risk of sharp currency moves drives investors into hedged ETFs Helen Reid, Saikat Chatterjee and Trevor Hunnicutt – Reuters Investors have been piling into currency-hedged equity tracker funds, seeking protection against big moves in foreign exchange rates. Typically foreign investors buy un-hedged equities since share prices are usually negatively correlated to currencies. In fact, they offer a partial hedge against sharp moves in foreign exchange. /goo.gl/8JWyxh ****SD: How do ETF providers do this? Generally with forwards and options. The “o” word is only mentioned once in the article, but currency derivatives are really the heart of the…

Interactive Brokers’ market making segment feels impact of options business wind-down; A striking stat shows why even the bears are tempted to bet on stocks; Vix index sends mixed messages to investors Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Hits and Takes By JLN Staff Today is day two of the Chicago version of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity at the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Tech. We have the largest audience scheduled today for two sessions, one at 1 PM and another at 3 PM. We still have room for last minute additions as well. Our speakers include Richard Sandor, Bryan Durkin, Terry Savage, Joe Guinan, Amy Shelly and Jennifer Wilson at the first session. At session two we have Mehmet Yanilmaz, Julie Armstrong Menacho, Keith Petersen, Patrick Kenny, David Kelbaugh and Jay Feuerstein…