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Bitcoin issues; No CAT Delay; Goldman ready for vol Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Bitcoin Exchange That CME Plans to Use for Futures Is Down Camila Russo – Bloomberg This is exactly what the bitcoin futures naysayers have been warning about: One of the exchanges which CME Group Inc. would use to price the contracts is having serious issues. jlne.ws/2AIefQY ****SD: Not good. But this is partially why CME gathers pricing data from multiple other trading platforms – GDAX, itBit and Bitstamp. Here’s the methodology for CME’s CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR) and CME CF Bitcoin Real Time Index (BRTI). To understand how a “down exchange” dynamic can play out,…

Goldman and JPMorgan lead in equity derivatives; Harvest Vol Mangement profile; Spot Trading layoffs Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight 30 Under 30 Finance: The Top Young Traders, Dealmakers And Big Money Innovators Antoine Gara, Lauren Gensler, Kristin Stoller and Nathan Vardi – Forbes The Wall Street landscape is becoming younger, digitized and more entrepreneurial. Technological and innovative forces are reshaping the world of money and they can be seen on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Finance list. jlne.ws/2AG3pe9 +++++ Well You Did Ask… Highly Evolved Vol We recently moved into some new offices in a co-working space. I love it. It makes admin tasks so much easier. There is free coffee. The staff is friendly…

Goldman exits options market making; Historic volatility; SocGen struggles Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Goldman Sachs to Withdraw From Part of U.S. Options Market Brian Louis – Bloomberg Will stop serving as a market maker on U.S. exchanges; Traders struggling with high costs, low volatility in options Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will stop serving as a market maker on U.S. options exchanges, following others in exiting that business amid high costs, sluggish volume and low volatility. /goo.gl/hxa23m ****SD: WSJ here. What’s the tech angle? More bronze than gold? Other “Goldman struggles” news from Reuters – Goldman taps energy execs in bid to turn around commodities unit Historic Volatility Recently Dropped Below 1.7…

Goldman’s options retreat; ICE says not over-reliant on data sales; RenTech’s Mercer steps down John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Earlier this week, Philip Bergstrom, the brother of Jeff Bergstrom (CIO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.) passed away. Phil lived in California for most of his adult life, but grew up in Glenview, IL. Phil was also the step-brother to John Lothian’s wife Cheryl. We offer our condolences to the Bergstrom, Lothian and Howard families.~JLN Congratulations to Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman, who was named as #20 on Forbes 2017 Most Powerful Women list.~JJL The annual energy consumption for Bitcoin transactions is now estimated at more that 24 TWh, which is…

Greed, for Lack of a Better Word, Is Taking a Big Hit Today; Federal Reserve’s Moves May Ignite Volatility Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Greed, for Lack of a Better Word, Is Taking a Big Hit Today Cormac Mullen – Bloomberg One of the best performing trades this year reversed course Thursday as stocks fell and volatility bounced back. The VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term exchange-traded note, ticker XIV, which lets investors bet on continued low volatility, fell as much as 4.5 percent Thursday, after closing at a record high the day before. jlne.ws/2xQUhkW Federal Reserve’s Moves May Ignite Volatility Wall Street Craves Goldman Sachs (GS) Predicts Bradley Keoun – TheStreet U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweets haven’t done it. North Korean leader…

“Unwarranted” G-SIB reqs; Scared of the CAT; Vol comeback welcome Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight   Bitcoin rockets above $5,000 to all-time high Jemima Kelly – Reuters Bitcoin smashed through the $5,000 barrier for the first time on Thursday, jumping as much as 8 percent on the day as investors shrugged off the latest warnings on the risks of buying into the booming cryptocurrency market. jlne.ws/2yjA2jC ****SD: There will be plenty of crypto talk at FIA Expo next week, especially as exchanges progress with their nascent endeavors to launch crypto products. However, I still am not certain what percentage of people who talk about digital currencies/blockchain actually know what the heck makes…

Strong demand for Eurex’ factor index futures; CME opens Sydney office; Virtu to close Neonet John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Students signed up for the MarketsWiki Education Recruiting event on October 16 at the CBOE have come from a number of different universities. The list includes University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Tech (formerly IIT), University of Chicago, DePaul University and Northwestern. We even have some from Georgetown, Harper College, Northeastern University, Oakton Community College, Rizvi College of Management Studies, University of Nebraska, University of Illinois and Indiana University. Thank you to Michael Dawley, XR Trading and CME Group for agreeing to be sponsors of this year’s LaSalle Street Trading Tech Awards for the Boy…

More VIX ETP bets on turbulence; Bear market signals multiplying; Digital currencies worth it? Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Investors raise bets that market turbulence will ease; Two popular exchange traded funds nearly double in size this month Robin Wigglesworth and Joe Rennison in New York – Financial Times Investors have ratcheted up bets that the stock market’s recent turbulence will ease despite the biggest monthly losses in almost a year, doubling the size of two popular exchange traded funds this month. There has been a proliferation of exchange-traded products that are tied to the value of the Vix, Wall Street’s so-called “Fear Gauge”. The Vix reflects the turbulence of the S&P 500 implied by option prices,…

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…