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Chicago firms gear up for MiFID II; EU exchanges clash with customers over fees; South Korea Considers Closing Bitcoin Exchanges John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff This is the second to last edition of the John Lothian Newsletter for 2017. Tomorrow we will publish JLN, but not JLN Options or JLN Asia Pacific News.~JJL Eurex‘s trading calendar for the new year can be found HERE.~JJL There were a couple of commodity related explosions this week. First, a Libyan crude oil pipeline was blown up by suspected terrorists, helping move prices. It is believed it will take a week to get the pipeline back online. Then there was an explosion at an Argentinian grain terminal owned by COFCO that killed…

Frankfurt Winning Battle for Brexit Bankers; End of 47-Year Japan Rice Program; Smart beta funds pass $1tn John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Spencer Doar’s weekly JLN Options video feature, The Spread, continues to get better. This last week’s was a beut.~JJL Holy smokes. Get this: “The Legends Room, the world’s only blockchain based nightclub, rings in 2018 with two incredible nights of crypto fun. On Saturday, December 30th, the Legends Room presents Samantha Ronson and Saint Clair. On Sunday December 31st, the club will feature Post Malone and 21 Savage together.” I do not like this, Sam-I-am. But hey, it’s Vegas, right?~SD The JLN Team has cancelled their in the office meeting today, rescheduling for…

VIX bets surging; LCH begins credit options clearing; Fast moving stocks Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Stock market volatility, VIX bets are surging Joe Ciolli – Business Insider Traders are betting more and more that the stock market will soon snap out of its prolonged slumber. This can be seen through a measure called skew, which looks at bullish CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, options contracts compared with bearish ones. It’s at its highest level in two years, having risen swiftly in recent weeks, indicating an expected volatility spike. jlne.ws/2D347UR ****SD: Mentions 50 Cent – in 2018, I hope we get more hip-hop themed volatility traders. LCH begins credit options clearing Helen Bartholomew –…

Traders snap up $80 Brent calls; EM volatility; Quad witching Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Carolyn Leonard – Women In Finance JohnLothianNews.com ” I had brokers with very large decks telling me to my face that they’ve never traded with a woman, they weren’t going to trade with me and that I shouldn’t take it personally… A lot of those same guys became awesome friends, but we had a real rocky start.” In this profile video from John Lothian News, Carolyn Leonard recalls her journey through the volatile world of trading at the Chicago Board Options Exchange beginning in the late ’70s. Leonard started trading after a divorce, with two young children…

Young CEO Reshapes 140-Year-Old Metals Exchange; ICE Completes Trayport Deal w/ TMX; America’s Inequality Is Sending the Dow Soaring John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Georgetown McDonough School of Business offers a new fintech class. John Jacobs, executive director of the school’s Center for Financial Markets and Policy, will teach the course along with Perianne Boring, founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce.~JJL The 2018 World Inequality Report is out. Spoiler alert – income inequality is increasing in “nearly all world regions in recent decades, but at different speeds.” Lots of graphics to parse through. The charts comparing Western Europe’s top 1% vs the U.S.’s top 1% on page 8 are pretty stunning.~SD CME Group has…

Blockchain to massively change commodities; Cboe’s Tilly predicts more consolidation; Chinese oil futures? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff We are rolling out the first of the videos from the MarketsWiki Education recruiting event held the Monday of EXPO week in Chicago. The first video features Cboe’s Ed Tilly.~JJL Recall the “broker fee wars” earlier in the year? Fidelity, TD, Schwab and a whole bunch of others started slashing commissions and fees, bringing much of the $7 per equity trade shops down to $5 a trade and some of the discount brokers even lower. Then there’s tastyworks’ $1 to open/free to close options trading setup. Well, unicorn-valued trading app Robinhood just…

CME fee rises vex trading industry; Decline of OTC derivatives trading; VIX research Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Cboe chief on Jamie Dimon: He’s welcome to try shorting bitcoin Jeff Cox – CNBC If JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon wants to bet against bitcoin, the head of Cboe Global Markets is only too happy to give him the venue to place his wager. jlne.ws/2BLJ3l7 ****SD: Jamie Dimon probably regrets expressing an opinion on BTC. He thought he’d throw a punch, not realizing he’d become the bag. +++++ Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Spencer Doar – JLN Aren’t people supposed be getting into holiday mode? Isn’t December supposed to be slow, with…

Index Providers Rule the World; Unknown traders gain influence in commodities; Beijing is Making Its Most Serious Effort Yet to Tackle Its Financial-System Issues John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes The Canadian Annual Derivatives Conference is November 27-29 in Quebec City. Blythe Masters will be a keynote speaker.~JJL Seismic Foundry website is now live.~JJL OPEC’s next meeting is this Thursday. Bantix Technologies, the provider of the Quikstrike options analytics suite, has a blog laying out everything you need to know about the upcoming meeting.~SD Ever wonder when charts became such a standard part of news presentation? Priceonomics has a blog covering the origins of charts and graphs. Scottish political economist William Playfair is credited with creating the modern statistical chart in the late 1700s.~SD Nasdaq…

HFTers Jump Into Bitcoin; Oil Volatility; Calm Sterling Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Why ISPs Are About To Spoil Your Thanksgiving Dinners: Food For Thought on Net Neutrality Repeal By Jeff Bergstrom – JLN Yesterday it was announced the F.C.C. plans a net neutrality repeal. This is not a particularly new story. The telecoms have been working towards this for years. But now it seems they are about to achieve their goal and that is not a good thing unless you are a major investor in telecom stocks. It is a truism that the last thing anyone should talk about over Thanksgiving dinner is politics. We all have that crazy uncle…