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Problems, Solutions and Results – Elaine Wah Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“Ultimately I think that anyone who believes in fairness, or believes that people should compete on the merits of their ideas and hard work rather than advantages that they have purchased, can appreciate why IEX was created and why it has succeeded so far.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, Elaine Wah, who works in market quality at IEX, discusses algorithmic trading strategies and the effects on investors. IEX was built with the goal of protecting investors as well as providing better execution quality. The exchange also wants to level the playing field…

Chicago’s Newest Trading Floor Will Be Staffed by Humans; Standard Chartered eyes New York energy trading, bucks Wall Street trend: sources; Complex short Vix products draw fire as vol plumbs lows Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight BOXing: Let the Bodies Hit the (Options) Floor Spencer Doar – JLN Golly, there’s been a ton of action in options markets lately. First, the surge of crypto news. Last week, MIAX’s investment in LedgerX received airtime as LedgerX was approved as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO), paving the way for bitcoin options. Then CBOE got into the fray with its announcement yesterday that it has partnered with Gemini, the cryptocurrency endeavor backed by the Winklevoss twins, to use its market data to create bitcoin futures. (I expressed my skepticism of the timeline laid out by CBOE…

European watchdogs to clamp down on risky retail trading; China’s high-frequency traders in retreat after court verdict; Wealth Management Industry Hit by Lower Fees, Fewer New Clients John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Living With Uncertainty Again By Jim Kharouf, JLN Yesterday’s Trading Chicago event, co-hosted by FOW and John Lothian News, brought together more than 30 speakers and about 210 participants who addressed pressing issues for our industry – ranging from US and EU regulations to technology to markets. As was outlined by keynote speaker Craig Pirrong from the University of Houston, the industry is dealing with the ripple-on effects of the Dodd-Frank Act, or as he likes to call it, “Franken-Dodd.” His relentless critique of the act and subsequent rulemaking by US regulators ended with some resignation that the…

Goldman-Backed High-Speed Trading Network Sold for $39.5 Million; The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching.; HFT – Not so flashy anymore John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Eurex CEO Sees Plenty of Structural Growth Potential JohnLothianNews.com “We also see a lot of structural growth potential… If we look at the equity index complex, there is a clear trend of many asset managers moving to passive investment structures. We see that … on the derivatives side [adding] new liquidity pools to global index families.” Thomas Book, CEO of Eurex Frankfurt AG and Eurex Zurich AG, believes the exchange can take advantage of the opportunities presented by a changing European landscape. Low interest rates for a long time equated to low interest in Eurex’s fixed income offerings…

HFT – Not so flashy anymore; Vicious VIX; JPM Head Quant Warns Of “Catastrophic Losses” For Short Vol Strategies Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight An Excerpt of Note Spencer Doar – JLN I am re-reading “Liar’s Poker” because…I don’t really know why — maybe it’s just summer instinct with all these reading lists floating around. Anyway, about a quarter of the way in, there’s a notable anecdote from Michael Lewis’ training program at Salomon: “‘When you trade equity options,’ asked my friend Franky, ‘do you hedge your gamma and theta or just your delta? And if you don’t hedge your gamma and theta, why not?’ The equity options specialist nodded for about ten seconds. I’m not sure he even understood the…

Departures signal a changing of the guard in HFT; LSE to acquire bond indices from Citi for $685 million; What Makes a Bank Big? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read What Options Leaders Are Thinking Jim Kharouf Today marks the launch of our Options Industry Council exchange leaders series, sponsored by the OIC and OCC. We will feature interviews with options market leaders from NYSE, Nasdaq, CBOE, MIAX and BOX, with each talking about what they accomplished in recent months and what is on their priority lists for the second half of the year. Filmed at the Options Industry Conference earlier this month, we kick off the series with Ivan Brown, senior director, head of options at NYSE. Take a look. There’s a lot to cover in just…

HFT as an insight into where fintech is going; Brokerage, CEO charged with abetting manipulative high-frequency trading; Bloomberg suffers rare drop in terminal numbers as banks cut back John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Keith Todd Steps Down From ION Trading JLN John Lothian News has learned that Keith Todd, executive chairman, agency trading and processing at ION Trading, has stepped down from his role at the company. In an exclusive interview with JLN, he said it was time to step aside after 14 years at the company, which has Ffastfill, Patsystems and Rolfe & Nolan among others under its operations. Altogether, he spent 14 years with Ffastfill and ION. Todd’s position has been filled by ION’s Silvio Oliviero, who has been working closely with him for the past several years. During…

ETF Trading Glitch Fuels Worries Over Modern Markets; Teza sells high-speed trading as lucrative business sours; ICE delays launch of clearing for London gold benchmark John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian The LME came to Chicago yesterday for a straightforward marketing presentation and attracted a room full of Chicago futures market participants. They laid out their business, plans and factors impacting them in a well done program. The big news out of LME is the June 5 launch of its precious metals futures; gold and silver. Here is a FAQ about their offering. John Lothian News is bringing its MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series to New York on July 11 and 12. Sign up will open up June 1. Nasdaq will…

NYSE Arca Suffers Glitch During Closing Auction; High-Frequency Traders Fall on Hard Times; Threat or Opportunity? Blythe Masters Talks Blockchain Jobs Impact John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian This morning we present the first of our MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity videos from Stockholm. Peter Fredriksson of Baymarkets is the first up with a story about Stockholm. My phone experienced a series of text messages yesterday as NYSE Arca Equities had electronic trading problems late in the day. Here is the System Status page with the details on the problem. It was ten years ago when I went to the FIA Boca Raton conference with an idea: MarketsWiki. It was there I pitched various firms about the idea. I…