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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…

No rejoicing yet over Volcker ; Options liquidity concerns Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Vela’s Plans Post-Acquisitions JohnLothianNews.com In this video from the 36th annual Options Industry Conference (OIC) in Amelia Island, Fla., Vela CEO Jennifer Nayar talks about where the company sees opportunity after its acquisition of OptionsCity and Object Trading in the summer of 2017. Watch the video here » ****SD: Other Vela news this week – Alexandria McGrath of Vela recognized as a Rising Star; CEO Jen Nayar also named Woman of the Year by Markets Media Lead Stories Why Wall Street Traders Aren’t Rejoicing (Yet) Over Volcker Rule Yalman Onaran – Bloomberg Wall Street has long derided…

VIX Isn’t Broke; CAT Privacy Bill; WMDs for next crash Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The State of Options Market Making in One Image; Happy 45th Anniversary of the Black Scholes Formula At the Options Industry Conference in Amelia Island, Fla., Trade Alert President Henry Schwartz gave his annual “State of the Industry” presentation. The presentation is always chock full of great graphs and information – the word cloud image above is always a favorite. In the picture, liquidity providers are sized according to their industry presence – the bigger the firm’s book, the bigger its name appears. Schwartz said Susquehanna is not sized to the same scale as the rest because…

VIX Faces Probes With Controversial Auction at Issue John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

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First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Congratulations to OIC’s Mary Savoie and the OCC/OIC team that organized this year’s Options Industry Conference. The venue was great, the weather nice and the execution of the conference was terrific.~JJL No one wanted to sponsor a porta potty for the OIC beach cabana party yesterday. Something about bad branding. I suggested OCC should have sponsored them. After all, OCC is where our liquidity is pooled.~JJL We forgot to unlock the video interview with WFE’s Nandini Sukumar. The video is now unlocked and available for viewing. Our apologies, but shame on all of…

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…

Did Options Markets Dive Off A Liquidity Cliff Last Month? Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Ready to Follow Through – Chris Concannon, Cboe JohnLothianNews.com CBOE and Bats officially became Cboe Global Markets in 2017, which meant much of the year was spent laying the foundations for further integration. Of course, there was also the under-the-radar launch of a crypto futures product, too. In this video from JLN’s annual series with industry leaders, Chris Concannon, Cboe’s President and COO, talks about complex order book functionality, the future of a crypto ecosystem at Cboe, how Cboe prepared for more technology migrations on its exchanges and more. Watch the video and read the rest here…

Vol products in the spotlight; Cboe’s pain; New VIX ETP Danger Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Wall Street’s volatility products in the spotlight; Market retains potential for upsets after February’s ‘Vix-mageddon’ Christian Pfrang and Robin Wigglesworth – Financial Times (SUBSCRIPTION) A month ago global markets were thrown into a tailspin, with US equities suffering one of their fastest 10 per cent corrections in history. The mayhem raised questions about a small but complex corner of markets where investors trade volatility itself. jlne.ws/2FZ4elX ****SD: I still like vol-cano over Vix-mageddon. Armageddon is a one-off affair while volcanos light up with frequency. One line from the article that I’d say requires a lot more stipulations is:…

Short volatility Waterloo; Hedging activity pop; VIX ETPs in all their glory Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Vol-cano Erupts – How’s Seth Golden Doing? Spencer Doar – JLN Last year there were a few stories that came across the desk regarding the juniorization of firms and how removing experienced senior personnel could present risks of its own. After all, if you came into the markets in the 2010s, how would you have experience with crazy drawdowns? (Myself included.) Maybe some are ahead of the curve and have at least seen Trading Places. Well, a lot of staff just gained some experience. The options and volatility stories of the day are intertwined and generally fall…

Options Market Structure Issues; Timely VIX Hedging; No SPY Alternative for Traders Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Turn Yourself In, It’ll Be Easier: Bank Cooperation On Spoofing Charges Saves Millions Jim Kharouf – JLN Over the past several months, there has been a fair amount of talk about the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s push on the so-called “self-reporting” initiative launched last September and aimed at taking it easier on firms that come forward with wrongdoing. Yesterday’s announced spoofing charges and fines include one of the first such self-reporting cases, with HSBC Securities settling for $1.6 million, Deutsche Bank for $30 million and UBS for $15 million. For the rest of the commentary, click HERE…