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As Stocks Reach New Highs, Investors Abandon Hedges; Bond Market Vol at Multidecade Lows Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Top Options Stories of 2017 Countdown JohnLothianNews.com Listicles are occasionally the butt of jokes – Buzzfeed knows – but what about listideos? With 2017 in the bag, we at JLN thought we’d recap the year in options with a list of the big stories and trends – and there were a number. Below are links to stories referenced in the countdown. Watch the video and read the rest here » Lead Stories As Stocks Reach New Highs, Investors Abandon Hedges Gunjan Banerji – WSJ Big stock-market gains are leading a number of investors to abandon defensive positions…

Quant funds set to pass $1tn mark; Hong Kong Exchange Eyes New Trading Rules; Spread-betting rise threatened by EU rules John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Brazil’s exchange, B3 (formerly BM&FBovespa) announced its main stock market performance index – Ibovespa – hit a record high Friday, ending the day at 79.071 points, up 0.54 percent from the previous Ibovespa record of 78.647 points last Thursday.~JK SGX reported its derivatives volume was 178.4 million, up 18 percent in 2017 from the previous year, with its FTSE China A50 Index futures the most active contract with 64 million contracts, up 13 percent. Here is the full report.~JK With Mark Mobius retired from Franklin Templeton, who in emerging markets will pick up…

LSE’s Rolet quits; Regulators look to shine more light on Treasury market; City closes ranks over Rolet John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Jim Kharouf Resigns as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.; Will Continue Work with Company in Freelance Role Jim Kharouf is stepping down as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. at the end of the year after having assumed the role on January 1, 2017. Kharouf is leaving the company as an employee, but will continue to work with John Lothian News and John Lothian Productions as an independent contributor. He will also be exploring his own bespoke initiatives, including in the Fintech sector. Despite accomplishing much during his tenure at the company and…

HKEx’s chief defends LME deal; Exchange CEO search; Susquehanna entering sports betting John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Happy Halloween! Our second compilation video from FIA Expo is out and can be seen below. It is the companion piece to yesterday’s MiFID II video. ~SD DePaul is holding their fourth annual Cyber-Risk Conference on 11/28 at the Chicago Loop campus from 8:30 AM to 4 PM.~JJL Former CBOT and MidAm member Darren S. Bohm passed away. I knew him from my days of trading on the MidAmerica Commodity Exchange. He most recently was with Tradelink, according to his LinkedIn page.~JJL Want to hear something scary? Physical gold investors in Canada…

Harvey throws a wrench into U.S. energy engine; NYSE owner lines up sale of energy trader; Chicago Exchange Sale Looks Shaky as China Tensions Rise John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff The CME has published a video “Spread trading with E-mini Russell 2000 futures.”~JJL Leslie Sutphen is the speaker featured today in JLN from the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in Chicago from July.~JJL Bloomberg has a story “Odds of U.S. Technical Default About 15%, T-Bills Curve Shows.” This is something to keep your eye on.~JJL In more “millennials are wrecking things” news, J.D. Power reports “48% of millennials with $100,000 in investable assets … say they ‘probably will’ or ‘definitely will’ leave their current firm and advisor, compared with just 8%…

Asian Financial News from John Lothian News – July 25, 2017 Asia/Pacific,Blog,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Regions,Regulation,Tech / HFT

Lead Stories HNA unveils New York-based charity as controlling shareholder; Acquisitive Chinese investor’s surprise revelation as lenders turn off taps JOYCE HO, Nikkei Acquisitive Chinese outbound investor HNA Group has openly disclosed its shareholding structure for the first time amid rising concerns that Beijing’s deleveraging campaign might choke lending to the company which has largely fueled its expansion through debts and collateralization. https://goo.gl/M6Feue Column: Time to OK Chinese investors’ controversial Chicago Stock Exchange deal Robert Reed – Chicago Tribune The time has come for federal regulators to approve a small but highly controversial local business deal — the purchase of…

Asia-Pacific News from John Lothian News – July 24, 2017 Asia/Pacific,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Regulation

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Lead Stories Welcome to Xi’s Net: Where Politics, Porn and Pooh Are Forbidden Bloomberg News For anyone still wondering about China’s ability, or willingness, to control its people’s access to the internet, the past few weeks have provided some clarity. https://goo.gl/QzkVA3 Former rising star in Beijing faces corruption probe; Sun Zhengcai was tipped as a possible successor to President Xi Jinping Tom Hancock in Shanghai – FT A top Chinese politician tipped as a potential successor to President Xi Jinping is being investigated for graft, Beijing announced on Monday — eliminating him from the contest just months ahead of a…

Intercontinental Exchange Announces Agreement to Acquire Global Research Index Platform from Bank of America Merrill Lynch; HKEX Announces Senior Appointments; This Blockchain Bubble Might Be a Good Thing John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Getting Animated About Trading Chicago JLN If you haven’t signed up for the FOW-JLN conference Trading Chicago on June 28th, it is a solid program worth checking out. Speakers this year include the Streetwise Professor Craig Pirrong, Leslie Sutphen and Gary DeWaal debating Dodd-Frank, Fidessa’s Steve Grob, Chris Hehmeyer and Joshua Yang talking about our markets in an age of populism with Carl Gilmore. Other notables include Jay Feuerstein of Budo Group, Richard Mackey of Rosenthal Global Securities and Tim Gits of Eurex and Chris Anderson of Itiviti talking about opportunities in the red hot interest rate markets….

Traders Are Fleeing the Options Market; Wall Street frets as capital markets trading activity trails off; There’s a new front in the brutal battle between America’s stock exchanges John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Sad News The father of Doug Ashburn, our former colleague, passed away yesterday morning from a sudden heart attack. Doug is now at T3 Custom, a custom publishing firm. Any well wishes or condolences can be sent to him at dashburn@t3custom.com. ***** On behalf of the entire JLN team, our condolences to Doug and Nancy Ashburn and their families on the passing of Doug’s father. We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they deal with this sad time. ++++ Options Industry Conference Preview Part 1: Is Regulation Damaging the Options Space? JohnLothianNews.com The cost of…