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SEC Delays Decision on Chinese Buyout of CHX; Former HK exchange chief charged with conspiracy John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff CHX got the cold shoulder on Wednesday when the SEC decided to postpone their decision on the sale of the exchange to a group that includes Chinese investors. It’s a politically driven maneuver not far off from the XL Pipeline in the last administration, but it’s also an abdication of its responsibilities as a regulatory body. Leaving companies in limbo is bad policy, not to mention it will be noticed in Beijing the next time a US company wants to make an acquisition or deal there. You can have it both ways…

Vela to acquire Object Trading complementing its recent acquisition of OptionsCity; They’re The World’s Fastest Traders. Why Aren’t They Thriving?; Why Everyone’s Trading Volatility Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Vela to acquire Object Trading complementing its recent acquisition of OptionsCity; Acquisition enables Vela to offer a comprehensive software and managed services solution across the entire electronic trading workflow Vela Trading Technologies LLC (Vela), an award-winning global leader in high performance trading, market data, and analytics technology, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Object Trading, a global provider of a fully-managed Direct Market Access (DMA) platform, pre-trade risk controls, and analytics applications. /goo.gl/qzVNsV ****SD: Who’s going to be number three? My Spidey sense is tingling a bit. When Brian Cassin, Vela’s head of product strategy, spoke at…

CFTC grants registration to LedgerX to trade options on bitcoin; Options traders bet on U.S. steel stocks ahead of tariffs decision; Riding the Wave – Speed, Algos and Consolidation Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Crypto-innovations Jim Kharouf – JLN One look at today’s newsletter will tell you something – the traditional Wall Street system is ripe for disruption. The JLN piece on Overstock.com’s subsidiary Round One: How Overstock.com and tzero aim to knock out Wall Street shows how that firm is focused on using blockchain and its new Alternative Trading System ATS to do everything from trading securities via a blockchain, to finding an after hours trading niche. But tzero aims to create much more than that. While it’s still early days, it is not hard to imagine using the blockchain…

HFT – Not so flashy anymore; Vicious VIX; JPM Head Quant Warns Of “Catastrophic Losses” For Short Vol Strategies Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight An Excerpt of Note Spencer Doar – JLN I am re-reading “Liar’s Poker” because…I don’t really know why — maybe it’s just summer instinct with all these reading lists floating around. Anyway, about a quarter of the way in, there’s a notable anecdote from Michael Lewis’ training program at Salomon: “‘When you trade equity options,’ asked my friend Franky, ‘do you hedge your gamma and theta or just your delta? And if you don’t hedge your gamma and theta, why not?’ The equity options specialist nodded for about ten seconds. I’m not sure he even understood the…

Providing Stability for the U.S. Listed Equity Options Market; Virtu – More Market-Making M&A Ahead; The Changing Face of Volatility Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Futures For Kids had another successful fundraiser at the FIA IDX Gala Dinner last night, raising more than GBP140,000. Jim Kharouf – JLN Kim Taylor’s kilt challenge raised over GBP12,000, topping Bill Herder’s total last year, on her birthday no less. Next year’s wearer of the kilt is Mark Ibbotson of GH Financials. Over its 10-year history, FFK has raised more than GBP3 million for more than 40 charities in more than 16 countries. Way to go Bill Templer, Emma Davey and the rest of the FFK team. ++++++ Have you checked out the lineup for Trading…

Government enforcers take aim at compliance officers; Euronext to acquire FastMatch and expand into global FX markets; KCG Said to Eliminate 10% of Staff, Shut Two Offices in Asia John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Ride For Beth Jan Bart de Boer, Chief Commercial Officer ABN AMRO Clearing We are raising money to fund research to help the daughter of our European Chief Commercial Officer, James Egan. James Egan is a very well known and respected person in the Futures industry in Europe. His daughter Beth has an incredibly rare autoimmune disease, ‘Scleroderma.’ We are raising money to fund a scientific investigation at Great Ormond Street (UK) hospital (where she is treated) to try and learn more about the disease and how it can be treated in the long term. We are looking…

Virtu and Citadel Securities go head to head in HFT; Multi-asset services key for buy-side execution; Why do asset prices move? Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Things I Learned About Finance Bros by (Briefly) Dating a Finance Bro Tara Isabella Burton – The New Yorker It’s not that they’re actually ever mad at the valet. They just want him to learn. /goo.gl/d7Tmpa ****SD: Good for your daily dose of laughs (and some cringes). “They will take you to very trendy experimental-cocktail bars that they read about on Gothamist. They will encourage you to try something with twenty ingredients. They will order an Old Fashioned. Every. Single. Time.” Lead Stories Virtu and Citadel Securities go head to head in HFT Philip Stafford and Nicole…

Anxiety Dissipates After First Ballot; Expectations for euro-dollar, US stock volatility plummet; The Downside of Managing Downside Risk Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Last week’s notables A lot happened last week in the options space. If anybody didn’t follow the week’s developments, here’s a little recap. Big trends are continuing in the market making world. I wouldn’t say they are good. First, Interactive Brokers revealed in its earnings that the firm’s market making operations lost $22 million in Q1. (Remember that the company revealed a bit ago that they were shuttering their options market making operations — some of this loss is restructuring costs.) Second, the KCG/Virtu deal was agreed upon for $1.4 billion. It’s getting hard out there and…

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…