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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…

HKEX and LME Announce New LME Chief Executive and Leadership Structure; Deutsche Bank Is First Bank Busted for Breaking Volcker Rule; Deutsche Boerse Boss Admits Mistakes in Failed LSE Deal John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian David Setters is turning 60 this weekend and of course some friends are gathering to celebrate this happy occasion. What they are also doing is giving gifts of donations to support MND research, the disease that is afflicting David. Would you help David celebrate birthday with a gift to the MND Association? David and his friends have raised £47,725.50 to date through various activities and fundraisers. How about we help David get that amount to £60K? Congratulations to Matt Chamberlain on being named CEO of the London Metal Exchange. I can…

Extreme Positioning in Options Markets Can Offer Trade Signals, Says Morgan Stanley; Hedging Costs Jump in Europe’s Stock Market; Hong Kong plans bigger derivatives role Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Extreme Positioning in Options Markets Can Offer Trade Signals, Says Morgan Stanley V Ramakrishnan – Bloomberg Data suggests Mexico peso to gain, U.S. two-year swaps to fall; Some assets move in opposite direction of positioning: MS Investors seeking winning strategies across asset classes might want to take a look at how traders are positioned in options markets to get an idea of what’s coming. A Morgan Stanley study of about 20 assets from currencies to Treasuries found traders could earn “significantly above average” returns by looking for what the paper’s authors called extreme positioning. That’s when the gap…

The Great ‘Buy the Dip’ / ‘Sell the Volatility’ Trade; Stocks Keep Calm Amid Carrying On; U.S. equity options project calm as French election looms Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories The Great ‘Buy the Dip’ / ‘Sell the Volatility’ Trade RCM Alternatives Attain Blog We can’t stop thinking/talking/analyzing volatility, in what has become the defining trade of the past few years. As JPM’s quant Marko Kolanovic put it via ZeroHedge: “Shorting volatility is a multi-year alpha generating strategy utilized by the largest pension funds, asset allocators, asset managers and hedge funds alike that has profited from selling into short-term vol spikes (similar to ‘buying the dip’). It will continue being done until it ceases working; it remains a +++ performance driver for now.” You can see this clearly…

JLN Exchange Leader Series 2017: LME’s Chamberlain on Ambitious Deployment Schedule Feature,Video,video

The London Metal Exchange is in flux after the departure of CEO Garry Jones at the beginning of the year. That leaves interim CEO Matt Chamberlain with structural problems to address and a “hugely ambitious” deployment plan for 2017. In this JLN Exchange Leader Video, Chamberlain outlines these plans and the existential issues facing the exchange. The highlight for LME in 2016 was LME’s steel scrap and rebar contracts. Introduced in late 2015, the contracts picked up traction in 2016.  LME wanted to avoid shoehorning new products into their preexisting contract format. The steel contracts were a departure from the…

JLN Exchange Leader Series 2017: Romnesh Lamba – Finding Opportunities in HKEx’s Relationship with China Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Mwiki,Video,video

For Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx), the biggest initiative in 2016 was the launch of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Connect, a trading link designed to give foreign investors greater access to shares listed on the Chinese mainland.  Hong Kong-Shenzhen also joined with the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, so there are now “four pipes – two going Northbound, with international investors trading Chinese equities, and two more coming Southbound,” Romnesh Lamba, co-head of market development at HKEx, told John Lothian News at FIA Boca 2017. “Volumes associated with that program have really picked up,” Lamba said. “They are almost triple the levels…

Post-Bitcoin Technology Has Geeks, Giants, and Hackers Excited; Acting SEC chair plans test to lower exchange fees; Cowen Group in talks to buy brokerage Convergex John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read 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 years…

Investors Look Past Headlines as Bull Market Roars Ahead; Wall Street’s Trading Revival Risks Relapse as Volatility Ebbs; Why the VIX Has Been Acting So Weird Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian We have added Johan Toll of Nasdaq to our March 1 Stockholm MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity event. He will speak about blockchain. Unfortunately, Patrick Thornton-Smith of Duco had a conflict come up and will not be able to present. We hope to get PTS in the fall in London. John Damgard has agreed to speak at our July 21 event in Chicago. We are beginning work on lining up speakers for this summer’s series. Chicago is scheduled for July 17, 19 and 21. New York is set for July…