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JLN Options: CME Group data flap shuts down regulator’s research program Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories CME Group data flap shuts down regulator’s research programSarah N. Lynch, ReutersThe world’s largest futures exchange has accused the top U.S. derivatives regulator of illegally sharing sensitive market data with outside researchers who then used the information to publish academic papers about high-frequency trading.http://jlne.ws/ZrJP0l Fake tweet erasing $136 billion shows markets still need humansLu Wang, Whitney Kisling & Eric Lam, BloombergA false report of explosions at the White House that wiped out $136 billion from the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index in about two minutes highlighted the risks of the computerized trading that dominates the $18 trillion market.http://jlne.ws/ZrK7Ew…

JLN Options: ‘Fear Index’ Surging? This Chart Says It’s a Speed Bump Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories ‘Fear Index’ Surging? This Chart Says It’s a Speed BumpBrendan Conway, Barron’sThe “fear index,” which jumped 18% on Wednesday, is up 30% this month. But dig a little deeper to see the way the market prices S&P 500 (SPY) volatility has barely budged.http://jlne.ws/13kP7t6 Quantitative easing is like a ‘huge glass of warm milk’ for VIXTom Bemis, MarketWatchNicholas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx, argues Wednesday that if these were normal times, the fear index would be double where it is.http://jlne.ws/XTCqai Volatility Readings Signaling Systemic Changes for Stock, Gold, FX?John Kicklighter, Daily FXVolatility is used by many as a…

JLN Options: No Nervousness on ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ but It’s a Headwind Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories No Nervousness on ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ but It’s a HeadwindBob Pisani, CNBCSo the spread between the cash VIX (roughly 16) and the most active front month contract (February, at roughly 17) is about 100 basis points. The normal spread is at least 200 basis points. Not only is there no worry, but there is less demand for protection than might be expected.http://jlne.ws/STnlRf The Biggest Waste of Money in 2012Dan Caplinger, The Motley FoolSmart investors understand that in order to earn healthy returns, you have to be willing to take on risk. But along the way, some investors decided that…

JLN Options: CBOE, Makers of VIX, To Launch a Fearless Index Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories CBOE, Makers of VIX, To Launch a Fearless IndexBrendan Conway, Barron’sMy headline is a bit cheeky, but watch tomorrow for the first dissemination of the CBOE Low Volatility Index, brought to you by the makers of the “fear gauge.” This index is actually pretty different from popular products that bear the “low volatility” moniker.http://jlne.ws/11aEwRu **  “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” — Franklin Delano Roosevelt  (The geek in me wanted to quote from Dune about fear but I’ll spare you. –JB) **I wonder if the “fearless index” name will catch on? — SR Exchanges…

JLN Options: ISE Announces Mini Options Launch Date of March 18, 2013 Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories ISE Announces Mini Options Launch Date of March 18, 2013Press ReleaseThe International Securities Exchange (ISE) today became the first exchange to confirm a launch date of March 18, 2013 to commence trading in Mini Options. Since receiving Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval for this innovative new product offering, ISE has been coordinating with its member firms to determine an appropriate date for launch readiness. Mini Options will represent a deliverable of 10 shares of an underlying security, whereas standard contracts represent a deliverable of 100 shares. ISE will initially list Mini Options on the following securities: AAPL,…