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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…

ETFs Create Stock Markets That Are Both Mindless and Too Expensive, Study Says; Equity derivatives no longer dominate derivatives trade; One Very Big Strike Against Active Management John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian Healing wishes are in order for Cinnober Executive Chairman Nils-Robert Persson, who joined the club by undergoing knee replacement surgery. No word on whether he used a Nasdaq listed company’s joint hardware for the surgery. My presentation and panel for the Chicago Civic Federation at the Federal Reserve went well yesterday, though I could have been a lot sharper. The feedback was good, but my own grading was not high for my performance. I did learn a lot about government bankruptcy and the challenges faced by the City of Chicago and…

The Great US Options Octopus; The 2017 Short Trade That’s Getting Pummelled This Week; Options Traders’ `Butterfly’ Bets Signal Oil Rally Not Over Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories The Great US Options Octopus The Trade Derivatives – Spring 2017 The US options market is a conundrum. Although volumes have remained flat over the past five years, the number of exchanges has expanded to 14, with the potential of another opening just around the corner. During this time the number of market-makers has dropped dramatically, from about 60 market-makers quoting on multiple exchanges five years ago to only 15 today. /goo.gl/I8jV9V ****SD: This is a link to the page 46 of the magazine where the story starts. Nice encapsulation of the issues although due to production turnaround…

Virtu and KCG – A Tale of Technical Leverage?; Cowen in talks to buy Convergex; Wall St volatility gauge closes at highest level of 2017 Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian John Lothian News has learned that OCC President and COO Mike McClain has resigned and left the organization. His last day was two days ago when the OCC held a goodbye event in Chicago. The official narrative is that he left for personal reasons, including the continued attention to his wife, who is battling illness. Other sources have cited the high turnover the OCC has seen in recent years and some of the pressures at the core of that for McClain’s departure. McClain had been with the OCC for 15…

Speed Traders’ ‘Stupid’ Plan for Fast Network Halted in U.K.; CFTC fines E*TRADE for allegedly destroying customer records; Brazil’s BM&FBovespa buys 8.59 pct in Lima exchange for 49 mln reais John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By Jim Kharouf If you are like me and love to ride your bike to work, you might be interested in the latest offering for CBOT Building tenants – indoor parking. The building is offering 25 spots in a warm, locked, basement room for $120 for a year. A cheap way to keep your bike warm and safe. There’s more information here. There are 24 spots now, as I have rented one and love it. In case you missed it, Henry Schwartz, of Trade Alert was a guest editor of the JLN Options Newsletter in…

Swap margin rules drive FX clearing surge; After Chinese investment, Pakistan’s bourse bets on derivatives; VVIX and VIX Go Opposite Ways for a Second Straight Week Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Moving to real-time: Jerry Hanweck looks at trends in the options world Spencer Doar – JLN Real-time risk management — it might not be sexy, but it’s wildly important. That’s the message from Jerry Hanweck, founder and CEO of Hanweck, a provider of risk management and options analytics tools. While real-time is a big focus for the firm, it is just one of many endeavors that Jerry and his team are working on. In a sit-down with JLN, he provided his thoughts on the difficulties presented by huge data (“big” no longer encapsulates the trend), commoditization of…

Biggest Indian Exchange’s CEO Resigns Just Months Before IPO; DRW Judge Is Told by CFTC That Firm ‘Banged the Close’ Daily; Deutsche Boerse offers gamers place to trade virtual goods John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By John J. Lothian The shocking news of NSE CEO Chitra Ramkrishna stepping down right before the long anticipated IPO has implications for the World Federation of Exchanges, where she had just been named chairperson. This type of thing is not unprecedented in the industry organization world. It has happened a couple of times I can think of to the FIA The @JohnLothian twitter handle was knocked from the top spot of Streeteye.com’s Twitter Leaderboard yesterday by @Memorandum. The new leader says it is “the latest political news and opinion from left to right and…