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OCC Volume Up 15 Percent in March; Vol’s Bite; Goldman’s Vol View Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight March 2018 Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC Lead Stories OCC Cleared Contract Volume Up 15 Percent in March OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that total cleared contract volume in March reached 442,945,572 contracts, a 15 percent increase from March 2017. OCC’s year-to-date volume is up 32 percent with 1,400,345,396 cleared contracts in the first quarter of 2018, compared to 1,058,670,212 contracts in the first quarter of 2017. /jlne.ws/2GJUrmT ****SD: It will be nice to have volatility and increased activity to talk about at OIC this year. Volatility’s Bite Returns Ginger Szala…

Top Regulator Worries About Crypto Market Manipulation; CFTC ‘astounded’ as Congress prepares to cut budget John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Congressional CFTC Budget Decision Lacks Vision and Reason John Lothian – JLN A reasonable person could see that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission needs an increase in its budget to address the growing responsibility it has acquired over US markets in recent years and the dramatic development and investment in fintech and cryptomarkets. A reasonable person, Democrat or Republican, would vote for the modest increase the CFTC requested unless they suffer from a chronic case of market myopia. But alas, the budget passed by the U.S. House of Representatives cuts the CFTC’s funding by $1 million to…

Lloyd Blankfein Prepares to Exit Goldman Sachs as Soon as Year’s End John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Last week the European Commission announced a “Fintech Action Plan” aimed at helping crowdfunding platforms, like initial coin offerings, in the EU.~JK On Friday, the CME officially got out of the credit defaults swaps business, as the CFTC approved the transfer of open interest to ICE Clear Credit.~JK You might not know Madelyn La Salle, but you’ve probably seen her likeness. Artist John Storrs used the then 14-year-old as the model for his six ton aluminum statue of Ceres on top of the Board of Trade building. How’d they meet? Storrs saw her…

Dash Buyout; LJM-Wells Fargo lawsuit; Options-based funds study Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bits for Weekly VIX/SPX Expiration Day Spencer Doar – JLN The Onion had a good title for Gary Cohn’s resignation – Gary Cohn Resigns In Protest Of Trump’s Bigoted Comments Towards Aluminum. If you’re wondering when this trade war could kick off – who isn’t? – Axios is reporting that Trump wants to announce tariffs tomorrow and the White House said “this week.” Cboe released an update of its white paper on options-based funds. The 105 options-based funds focused on in the study have AUM of $38.1 billion. Some $8.5 billion of that total comes from the…

Off-hour Earnings and Options; Swedish Bank Bosses Escape Options Blow-up Blame; HFT Tales Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories How Do Traders Respond to Off-Hour Earnings Announcements? Based on the research of Matthew R. Lyle, Christopher Rigsby, Andrew Stephen and Teri Lombardi Yohn – Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University On Wall Street, “business hours” aren’t quite what they seem. The opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange rings at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, and the closing bell sounds at 4 in the afternoon—yet 95 percent of publicly traded companies announce their quarterly earnings outside of those official hours. jlne.ws/2qrxvSw ****SD: Basically, people are slow to react to earnings announcement the further they are from normal…

Chinese Investor Buys Stake in Delaware Blockchain Exchange; Hong Kong and China regulators sign MOU on futures markets; John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff OCC’s David Prosperi likes to quote his former boss, Ronald Reagan, on Twitter with quotes from the Reagan Foundation Twitter account. Today’s quote is a good one: “The bedrock of our strength is America’s moral and spiritual character. Peace with freedom is the highest aspiration of the American people. We negotiate for peace. We sacrifice for it. We will never surrender for it.” -Ronald Reagan @ronaldreagan40~JJL Trillium has a 2017 trade surveillance enforcement recap out – it can be found in our lead section. This year’s 15 spoofing or layering enforcement actions are…

BTC Futures Coming From Team That Rebounded From Epic Snafu; Big banks not willing to support BTC futures John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The @JohnLothian Twitter account received 65,120 original impressions yesterday, which is a record for the last 28 days. My LinkedIn profile searches are up 48% for the week.~JJL Yesterday I attended an event hosted at the Art Institute of Chicago by RBC Global Asset Management about responsible investments. The speaker and panel discussed ESG investing, which I did not know about. ESG stands for Environment, Societal and Governance. Later in the day I was able to apply what I learned during a meeting of the endowment committee of my church, of which…

CFTC Opens Way to Bitcoin Futures; More Bitcoin; Brexit May Leave Banks on the Hook for Impossible Contracts John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Putting on My Broker Hat About Bitcoin By John J. Lothian, JLN Everyone is asking about bitcoin. A journalist called and asked to interview me. A magazine called and asked me to write something. A brokerage firm chief risk manager called to ask me my opinion about bitcoin and bitcoin futures. Two weeks ago, a former employer I have not seen in 10 years called me out in Coindesk.com for my bitcoin qualms. At the dinner table my son Robby opened up about owning not just bitcoin, but bitcoin cash, ether and monero. This is a full-fledged mania….

Deutsche Boerse says about 20 banks join its clearing programme; Goldman Sachs has struck a deal with Bloomberg to help its stock trading business; CME says bitcoin futures coming this year, but date not set John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff My former employer from my First American Discount days back in the 1980s, William Mallers, Jr., opined on a recent email exchange he had with me about bitcoin on the Coindesk website. Bill has traded bitcoin since 2013 and is a big supporter of the crypto-currency. ~JJL NFA was named among the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in 2017. ~JJL The market cap of all companies listed on HKEX’s #HK markets hit $33.5 trillion today, setting a new all-time record. ~JJL HKEX is sponsoring “Realising the China Opportunity”…