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Takeaways From Recent Options Volume Surge; Update on Short Vol Poster Child; VIX seen as incomplete measure Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight An Array of Recommended Tangents for International Women’s Day Spencer Doar – JLN The “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street turned one year old today. Let’s dedicate today’s newsletter to the embodiment of her ideals, shall we? To kick it off, here’s the WaPo with The Fearless Girl statue turns one today. Here’s what she’s inspired. The “failing” NY Times (hah – NYT brought in $1 billion of subscription revenue in 2017) has an all-encompassing outlook – International Women’s Day 2018: Pride, Protests and Pressure. Women in Spain are on strike (link to BBC story). This human…

Virtu and KCG – A Tale of Technical Leverage?; Cowen in talks to buy Convergex; Wall St volatility gauge closes at highest level of 2017 Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian John Lothian News has learned that OCC President and COO Mike McClain has resigned and left the organization. His last day was two days ago when the OCC held a goodbye event in Chicago. The official narrative is that he left for personal reasons, including the continued attention to his wife, who is battling illness. Other sources have cited the high turnover the OCC has seen in recent years and some of the pressures at the core of that for McClain’s departure. McClain had been with the OCC for 15…