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Shortwave trading; Robinhood’s $2b a day options biz; Mammoth bond wager Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight A little-known business at Robinhood has exploded, and now it’s launching a service to go after the most serious traders Frank Chaparro – Business Insider Prime (SUBSCRIPTION) Robinhood’s options-trading business is exploding, according to Chris O’Neil, a product manager at the California broker. Now the firm, which says it has seen $2 billion in options-trading volumes since launch, is upping the ante with the rollout of multileg options. The move shows the company is seriously going after the business of more experienced traders, says Devin Ryan, an analyst at JMP Securities /goo.gl/C2CX83 ****SD: First of all, not…

Options Imply Little Risk of Market Correction; SEC Weighs How to Protect CAT; ECB’s power over clearing Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Options Imply Little Risk of Market Corrections Anytime Soon Myron Scholes and Ash Alankar – Bloomberg A watchful Federal Reserve has created a buoyant environment for equities. The S&P 500 Index is on course for its least volatile year since 1964. On top of that, anticipated volatility as measured by the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, or VIX, is near historical lows. jlne.ws/2xYLQax ****SD: “Options are signaling that this is not the time to take exaggerated risks because of a lack — if any — of upside potential, rather than out of concern about the possibility of…

Making Sense of Options Order Flow – Henry Schwartz Blog,Feature,MWEd,Video,video

“There are four primary reasons people use options, and they tend to attract the smartest, the most well capitalized and most informed traders out there. Basically, dumb people lose their money trading options so quickly, they’re not really out there anymore.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, Henry Schwartz, president of Trade Alert LLC, breaks down the four primary reasons people trade options: leverage, defined risk, flexibility and liquidity.  Schwartz then delves into a wealth of data to show what kind of information can be gleaned from the 1.1 million options trades happening…

Liquidity Providers Unduly Penalized By Capital Rules: CTC’s Crutchfield Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Interview,Options,Video,video

Financial Reform Objectives at Odds with Effects of Rules What’s a market maker to do when it can’t warehouse risk? The options industry has a problem with bank capital rules. In this JLN video, Steve Crutchfield, head of market structure with CTC, discusses the burdens placed on market makers due to rules that are out of touch with the stated goals of post-crisis reforms, as well as structural issues within options markets.    There are only three major banks with a significant footprint in clearing for options market making firms. Those banks’ ability to conduct that business is under pressure…

George Bollenbacher of Kinetix Trading Solutions & Kim Olson of Deloitte & Touche Discuss the Volcker Rule Regulation,Video

Kim Olson and George Bollenbacher

Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the so-called “Volcker Rule,” would prohibit banking entities from engaging in proprietary trading of  and limit the ownership or sponsorship of hedge funds and other private funds, subject to certain narrow exceptions. The statutory effective date is July 21, 2012, followed by a two-year conformance period. There has been much discussion recently on the potential impact of the Volcker Rule and the timing of the statutory effective date. George Bollenbacher of Kinetix Trading Solutions and Deloitte & Touche’s Kim Olson discussed the regulatory response to the 17,000 Volcker Rule comment letters, the key challenges…

A Note on Leverage Commentary,Financials

Doug Ashburn

When she was good she was very good indeed, and when she was bad she was horrid.    – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow When Longfellow penned this rhyme, he was of course referring of the girl with the curl, but he may as well been discussing leverage. For leverage, as we have all learned over the past few years is great fun during an expansion – growth feeds confidence, which feeds more leverage, which feeds more growth in a positive feedback loop. However, during a contraction, such as the one that we have experienced in the U.S. and Europe over the past…