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The Spread – Week of 4/23 to 4/27 Video,video

Who likes TV show theme songs (especially older ones that still live on through syndication)? If you don’t, well, shame on you, but watch this week’s episode of The Spread anyway for some updates on happenings in the options world. The stories referenced can be found below:  -Bloomberg – Options Traders Pile Into $80 Oil Bets as Trump Wild Cards Mount -OCC – A Decade After the Financial Crisis, These Lessons Can’t Be Forgotten -Cboe – Letter from Cboe CEO Ed Tilly and President Chris Concannon regarding VIX activity -Press Release – Matrix Executions Announces the Creation of a High Touch Trading Desk for…

A Decade on From the GFC – John Davidson, OCC; Cleverness vs. Manipulation? Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Miscellany of the day Spencer Doar – JLN According to the most recent post on the Bank of England’s Bank Underground blog, the “volatility exposure of leveraged ETPs has fallen by around three quarters since early February.” Another quote from the piece: “In addition to making spikes in volatility sharhper, VIX ETPs also have the potential to make them shorter-lived.” Recall that SVXY, one of the key VIX ETPs (and a surviving inverse instrument), started targeting -0.5 leverage instead of -1 at the end of February. At the end of March, Cboe and Wall Street Horizon put…

The Spread – Week of 12/18 Feature,Video,video

The Spread is a brief recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. This is Episode 3 and an improvement on “Revenge of the Sith.” The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode: WSJ – A Million-Dollar Bet That Bitcoin Will Hit $50,000 JLN – Seed CX Swaps Hemp For Cryptocurrencies OCC – Advocating for a stronger U.S. options market Reuters – LCH begins credit options clearing Bloomberg – Trader Turns $60 Million Profit in Sharpest Bond Selloff of 2017

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…

The VIX just hit its lowest level in 24 years; Q&A with John Davidson, OCC President and Chief Operating Officer; Twice burned, funds wait for clear sign of oil rebalancing Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Yesterday was a success for the MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity at the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Tech in Chicago. We had six strong speakers who were appreciated by the audience of industry interns. Rick Cooper, a professor at IIT’s Stuart School of Business, talked about the importance of the markets for funding companies and ensuring fair prices, and how participants help the economy in general by driving out market inefficiencies. Tom Sexton, NFA CEO, said that without regulation from bodies such as his (and FINRA, and the CFTC,…