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Call the Guinness Book – Trading Records at CME Continue Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Options

In 2018, 40% of Eurodollar options trading, 84% of Treasury options trading on the screen  The hit parade continues over at CME Group. Its markets didn’t need a volatility spike to continue their volume and open interest trends, but CME got one anyway and benefitted, especially in the interest rate options complex. The exchange group already had record electronic daily activity in its interest rate options in January. On February 6, as market participants were still trying to wrap their heads around inflation concerns and a market selloff, CME Group saw 2.96 million interest rate options trade on Globex. The…

Advocating for a stronger U.S. options market; $60m bond trade; BofA to Become MiFID II Venue for Derivatives Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bittrex Inc. takes controlling strategic stake in Seed opening new trading opportunities for Institutional Crypto Trading Seed CX Seed CX Ltd (“Seed”) today announced a strategic investment by Bittrex Inc., a US-based cryptocurrency trading platform. Seed is currently onboarding institutional participants and will launch spot and derivative crypto trading in Q1 2018. Bittrex is one of the largest crypto trading venues in the world, with over $3 billion notional traded on a daily basis and over 2 million customers. Seed operates a swap execution facility, Seed SEF, registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Edward Woodford, CEO…

Fangs futures arrive as exchange operator tries to cash in on tech rally; Bond trading desks seek data scientists to work alongside traders John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes Our friends at the Chicago Federal Reserve have published a primer on Blockchain. “Blockchain and Financial Market Innovation” by Rebecca Lewis, John W. McPartland, and Rajeev Ranjan is available HERE.~JJL Bob Pisani of CNBC likes the ICE’s new NYSE Fang Plus Index, the futures of which launch today.~JJL MarketsMedia has announced their 2017 Women in Finance Award Winners, with many of our favorite people listed as winners.~JJL Hamish Purdey, Chief Executive of Intelliflotaking, is taking part in Centrepoint’s Sleep Out to give homeless young people a future. You can help support his efforts HERE.~JJL The…

Interest (in) rates: CME’s suite soars Blog,Commentary,Feature,Options

Despite historical seasonality trends pointing to decreased trading activity in summer months, CME’s interest rate complex has been red hot. In the past month, CME Group has experienced records in a variety of rate-related products in terms of average daily volumes, open interest, electronic trading and investor participation. Average daily volumes (ADV) and open interest (OI) in Ultra 10-year Treasuries, Wednesday Weekly Options on Treasuries (just launched in June), electronic trading of eurodollar options are all at highs and foreign investor participation is on the rise.  (See the infographic below for more.) In August, OI in treasury options reached a record;…

CME Group CEO Terry Duffy on Business and Interest Rates Under the Trump Administration Feature,Video,video

With a new administration in place and a more optimistic outlook from the market community, CME Group is well positioned to succeed, according to CEO Terry Duffy. Whereas global regulatory efforts have served as a headwind for the industry since the financial crisis, now the United States is benefiting from the perception that the new administration’s stance on regulation will serve as an tailwind. There is much left to be determined, certainly, but even the shift to no new regulation as opposed to deregulation is sufficiently pro-business to elicit optimism, said Duffy.  Adding to that is the Federal Reserve as…

Snap Skeptics May Drive $1 Billion of Short Sales Within a Week; Yellen Says March Hike ‘Likely Appropriate’ If Progress Persists; VIX: The Truth About a Very Misunderstood Index Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Snap Skeptics May Drive $1 Billion of Short Sales Within a Week Lu Wang – Bloomberg All the love for Snap Inc. is sure to draw out the haters. That’s the view of S3 Partners LLC, a financial analytics firm, which says short interest in the photo-app maker is liable to reach $1 billion within a week, particularly if today’s rally continues. The contrary bet won’t be cheap, either, with the cost to borrow shares likely to start at 25 percent and rise. jlne.ws/2lHUSjN Yellen Says March Hike ‘Likely Appropriate’ If Progress Persists Bloomberg Federal Reserve Chair Janet…

Flash Crash Trader Sarao Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Spoofing; Top high-frequency trader Teza to quit proprietary trading; Trump Expected to Seek Deep Cuts in Business Regulations John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read How we talk Jim Kharouf – JLN My column yesterday, What Just Happened about the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States struck a chord with readers. We received more reader feedback on this column than we have in some time, some negative, some supportive. Here are a few. “Thanks for this insightful OpEd. You articulated so many feelings I’m still trying to process.” And this: Wow, what an ignorant, cheap shot to smear nearly 60 million Americans that way. Deplorables, right? As a life-long New Yorker, I’ve watched Trump in action for…

The Black Swan – the new symbol of the United States of America Americas,Banks, Brokers & Managed Funds,Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Feature,Investing & Trading,Mwiki,Politics,Regulation,Regulation & Enforcement

  Yah baby, Yah! Dodd-Frank, gone. Clearing mandate, gone. Regulations, gone. Low interest rates, no problem. Volcker Rule, gone. Volatility, you bet. Bullish on the exchange sector, you bet. The American voters just unleashed the greatest gift on the world of trading we could have ever asked for. We will now have volatility at all times of the day and night. Binary contracts just became a big thing. Forget about market direction. You better learn to trade volatility. We just made the Black Swan the new symbol of the United State of America. Goodbye Eagle. You want some Twitter rants…

Investors May Be Misjudging U.S. Election Volatility; CBOE-Bats tie-up seen as opportunity to reduce trading costs; Buy-Write Funds Don’t Have As Big An Impact As You May Think Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces By Jim Kharouf Next week is one of the biggest weeks of the year for the industry, with FIA Expo in Chicago from October 18th (opening night) to October 20th. John Lothian News will be publishing two pieces in the coming days that we hope will serve as discussion points during the show and beyond. JLN Associate Editor Spencer Doar has put together a special news report on the growth of options on futures. That segment of the business has grown dramatically in recent years and may continue to be one of the growth…