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Short volatility Waterloo; Hedging activity pop; VIX ETPs in all their glory Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Vol-cano Erupts – How’s Seth Golden Doing? Spencer Doar – JLN Last year there were a few stories that came across the desk regarding the juniorization of firms and how removing experienced senior personnel could present risks of its own. After all, if you came into the markets in the 2010s, how would you have experience with crazy drawdowns? (Myself included.) Maybe some are ahead of the curve and have at least seen Trading Places. Well, a lot of staff just gained some experience. The options and volatility stories of the day are intertwined and generally fall…

Hudson River to acquire Sun Trading as HFT continues to contract; What Could Kill the Bitcoin Boom; BitConnect Closes Exchange as States Warn of Unregulated Sales John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read You Can’t Rain On Our Parade: Cboe’s Big 2017 Includes Bitcoin Futures. Can It Overcome Regulatory, Margin and Volatility Headwinds? Jim Kharouf – John Lothian News To hear Cboe Global Markets Chairman and CEO Ed Tilly tell it, his exchange group is firing on all cylinders and adding new ones to the engine. The exchange boasts the top US equity options market and has a lock on volatility products with the VIX futures and options and related exchange traded products. Cboe now has the top pan-European equity market and the second ranked US stock market, as well as…

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…

Oil Signals to Watch in 2018; 2018, the year of the active fund manager?; Chicago firms gear up for MiFID Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Editor’s Note There will not be an edition of JLN Options tomorrow – we will be back January 2, 2018. So, this marks our last email (on a pretty thin options news day) of an extremely eventful year, yet one historically devoid of volatility. Here’s to 2018! Maybe the VIX will hit 30, the short vol trade will get busted up, market makers will proliferate, fees will decrease, capital rules will make sense, roses will smell better and a whole bunch of other stuff. See you then. Lead Stories Five Oil Signals to Watch in 2018 Alex…

Chicago firms gear up for MiFID II; EU exchanges clash with customers over fees; South Korea Considers Closing Bitcoin Exchanges John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff This is the second to last edition of the John Lothian Newsletter for 2017. Tomorrow we will publish JLN, but not JLN Options or JLN Asia Pacific News.~JJL Eurex‘s trading calendar for the new year can be found HERE.~JJL There were a couple of commodity related explosions this week. First, a Libyan crude oil pipeline was blown up by suspected terrorists, helping move prices. It is believed it will take a week to get the pipeline back online. Then there was an explosion at an Argentinian grain terminal owned by COFCO that killed…

US exchanges to face lawsuit over dealings with HFT; TCI fails in bid to oust London Stock Exchange chairman John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Hamilton’s Report on Manufactures: Hamilton reasoned that to secure American independence, the United States needed to have a sound policy of encouraging the growth of manufacturing and ensure its future as a permanent feature of the economic system of the nation. @Wikipedia~JJL Beware – next time you’re surfing around the internet, you might be the victim of “cryptojacking”, websites that “hijack” your CPU to mine a particular cryptocurrency (though not bitcoin as that mining now requires specialized, higher power hardware). The folks at Merriam-Webster better be taking a lot of notes on all…

OCC tech upgrade; Robinhood’s free options trading; 50 Cent’s losses Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Tech Upgrade Commands CFO’s Focus; Amy Shelly of Options Clearing Corp. faces several challenges in replacing the organization’s outdated platform. David McCann – CFO Magazine The privately held financial-market utility that settles and clears transactions for all 15 U.S. option exchanges and 3 futures exchanges has a problem: Its technology is woefully outdated. /goo.gl/Kq1s6Y ****SD: Lots for OCC to consider: Roll it out piecemeal or all at once? Finance the project how? Buy or build? For more, see JLN’s piece earlier this year – Cloudy with clearing: What the next clearing house looks like ***SR: Amy Shelly is…

What Does Your Cloud Data Look Like? QuantHouse Is Moving Historical Data On-demand To The Cloud Blog,Feature,Fintech,Tech / HFT

The data cloud shift aims to transform how firms research, trade and evaluate their strategies It’s all about the data. The lifeblood of trading is simply that – data – how to get it, how to decipher it and how to trade off it. The good news for traders is that it is now more accessible, flexible, and researchable than ever, especially with the rapid evolution of cloud technologies. QuantHouse, a market data, algo development and trading infrastructure provider, is pushing hard to move its data to the cloud, a strategy that Pierre Feligioni, co-founder and CEO of QuantHouse, says…

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…