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Will Options Trading Bring Institutional Investors to Bitcoin?; Nevermind the VIX – Stock Volatility Is Rising in Subtle Ways; Volatility Gauges Tumble to New Lows Amid Complacency Fears Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Learning to live with low vol Jean Boivin and Ed Fishwick – BlackRock Investment Institute Digging into U.S. equity volatility patterns dating back more than a century, we find low market vol can last for years and tends to overlap with subdued macroeconomic vol. Combined with our view that the U.S. economic cycle has room to turn, we believe this environment helps foster risk-taking. jlne.ws/2vLZiij ****SD: I missed this when it came out at the end of July. Here is a link to the full PDF – the above is a synopsis. From the report: “Running a…

JPMorgan develops robot to execute high-speed trades; London Metal Exchange – what’s next for the new lord of the ring?; The Great Corn Clash Is Coming as U.S., Brazil Farmers Face Off John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Today we share with you the remembrances of several industry colleagues of the late Magnus Bˆcker on his life and the impact it had on them and our markets. We hear from Craig Donohue of OCC, Sutat Chew and Michael Syn of SGX, Adena Friedman of Nasdaq, Walt Lukken of the FIA, Nandini Sukumar of WFE, Phupinder Gill (formerly of CME Group), Nils-Robert Persson of Cinnober and Terry Duffy of the CME Group.~JJL Jim Kharouf is on a well-deserved vacation this week with his family. John Lothian has returned from Boy Scout…

These Intraday Stock Rotations Keep Crushing Volatility; JPMorgan quant drops the whole market with report comparing to 1987; Libor, Phone-Smashing and Hacking Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Financial Markets Leaders Remember the late Magnus Bocker John Lothian – JLN I asked several leaders around the exchange world to offer remembrances of Magnus Bocker, the late former CEO of SGX. To start, I shall offer my own and add additional remembrances as they come in. I first met Magnus Bocker at a Deutsche Bank investment banking financial technology conference in New York where I had been asked to moderate an exchange leader panel. Magnus was then president of Nasdaq OMX. Also on the panel was Larry Leibowitz representing NYSE Euronext. Magnus was always gracious with…

Unhedged traders get hit by $30 billion bank bloodbath following earnings; JPMorgan Warns S&P Faces Large “Negative Gamma”; Scott Nations: Options are very ‘cheap right now for a reason’ Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Unhedged traders get hit by $30 billion bank bloodbath following earnings Joe Ciolli – Business Insider It’s good to invest with conviction. Just not too much conviction. That lesson rang true Friday, as overconfident traders found themselves on the wrong side of a massive bank sell-off, which at its worst erased more than $30 billion in market value. The weakness was spurred by earnings reports from three of Wall Street’s biggest banks: JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup. Despite sales and profit results that largely met analyst expectations, the three firms slipped more than 1%, dragging broader financial indexes…

How China’s Biggest Bank Became Wall Street’s Go-To Shadow Lender; JPMorgan Has a Surprisingly Simple Theory for Low Volatility; The ECB and tapering: a challenge that will not go away John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Ready for Trading Chicago? JLN We’re six days into June, which means there are only 22 days left until the FOW-JLN conference Trading Chicago on June 28th. It’ll be well worth it to attend. Just check out the program: 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…

Banks shed bond indices as regulation tightens; IEX chief sticks to principles in battle for presence; Michael Rüdiger, new Chairman of the Exchange Council of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read John Lothian News Takes to the Road Again, Going High and Low By John J. Lothian John Lothian News is sending a team to London tomorrow for the FIA Global’s IDX conference, and meanwhile yours truly is setting off on another Scouting trip to Kentucky to explore Mammoth Cave. Jim Kharouf will lead the London team, joined by the always enterprising Spencer Doar and the steady handed videographer Mike Forrester. We will again be producing a video series featuring various exchange and industry leaders following the IDX conference. My trip has 10 Scouts and four other leaders in…

The VIX Snoozefest Kept Rolling in May; ETH Option Volume Continues to Grow; Stock market’s low volatility and low yields are crushing Goldman, J.P. Morgan and the banking sector Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight 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…

Corporate bond trading at MarketAxess reaches record high; ICE says being asked to shift operations from London to continent; SEC working ‘diligently’ on plan to test lower exchange fees John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Did you know? Jim Kharouf & Spencer Doar – JLN Moscow, OneChicago, MexDer, Fear Gauge and Trump Street with an Irish twist. No, they are not connected. One of the interesting things about updating annual volume figures on our MarketsWiki site is the snapshot of how a particular exchange has been doing over a number of years. The FIA Annual Volume Survey shows a couple of unusual suspects in the top 5 in 2016 with the National Stock Exchange of India coming in second and the Moscow Exchange at number four in terms of derivatives volumes. At the…

NYSE, Former IEX Foe, Plans a Copycat Speed Bump of Its Own; MarketAxess breaks annual trading volume record; BlackRock jilts State Street, moves $1 trillion in custody assets to JPMorgan John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read NYSE Outlines 2017 Equity Market Strategy: Intercontinental Exchange NYSE Group, part of Intercontinental Exchange, today detailed its equity markets strategy, which aims to deliver greater choice for corporate and ETF issuers and to investors by offering four unique exchange venues, including an exchange designed exclusively for small and mid-cap companies. /goo.gl/vBsDdR **** Some nice chess moves and some rebranding emphasizes the “American” aspect of NYSE’s markets. ++++ Veronica Augustsson nominated as CEO of the Year within Employer Branding Cinnober For her efforts to increase awareness of Cinnober as an employer, as well as for her commitment to various…