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This Is Where People Are Buying Bitcoin All Over the World; Who Wants to Be Bitcoin’s Watchdog? John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Unsurprisingly, yesterday’s STAC panel on cryptocurrency, moderated by Bcause‘s Sean Ristau, looked to be the best attended. The lack of regulatory certainty is the biggest challenge in crypto, as no one is sure yet whether it is going to be considered a security or cash (SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has said “virtual currencies are unlike any commodity that the CFTC has dealt with in the past, and….pose challenges for the SEC as well.”) Clayton and CFTC Chairman Chris Giancarlo are scheduled to speak with the Senate on the matter next month. The CFTC…

A Huge Player in VIX Options Just Changed Its Buying Behavior; Stocks Are Priced for Perfection; 6 Signs of Extreme Stock Market Optimism Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight STAC Options Notes Spencer Doar – JLN It was a lively options market structure panel at STAC’s Mid-Winter Meeting in Chicago Wednesday. Moderated by OCC’s Chief Risk Officer John Fennell, the panelists were BOX CEO Ed Boyle, Dash Financial CEO Peter Maragos, CTC’s Head of Market Structure Steve Crutchfield, and IMC Managing Director Paul Jiganti. Here are some takeaways. Crutchfield gave an example, provided by Trade Alert President Henry Schwartz, of how burdensome bank capital rules can be on big bank clearers (there are pretty much only three) of options liquidity providers. In a very tight put…

Oil Signals to Watch in 2018; 2018, the year of the active fund manager?; Chicago firms gear up for MiFID Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Editor’s Note There will not be an edition of JLN Options tomorrow – we will be back January 2, 2018. So, this marks our last email (on a pretty thin options news day) of an extremely eventful year, yet one historically devoid of volatility. Here’s to 2018! Maybe the VIX will hit 30, the short vol trade will get busted up, market makers will proliferate, fees will decrease, capital rules will make sense, roses will smell better and a whole bunch of other stuff. See you then. Lead Stories Five Oil Signals to Watch in 2018 Alex…

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…

Nasdaq Volatility Gauge; BlockTower Capital behind $1m bitcoin options bet; Field Guide to 2018 Volatility Trades Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Watch Out VIX: Nasdaq Amps Up Volatility Game Nasdaq is working on an alternative to Cboe’s market fear gauge Gunjan Banerji – WSJ The VIX is getting a rival. Nasdaq Inc. is working on launching futures and options linked to an index that uses a different way to track volatility in the S&P 500, the benchmark gauge for the U.S. stock market, said people familiar with the matter. The launch is subject to regulatory approval and would compete against the market’s so-called fear gauge from Cboe Global Markets Inc. /goo.gl/dbx61F ****SD: Not the first time a rival product…

Bastion of Financial Stability Is Now Home to Marijuana Startups and Bitcoin Miners; Watch Out VIX: Nasdaq Amps Up Volatility Game John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Spencer Doar is getting better and better with his “The Spread” weekly video riff on options trading news. This week is his BEST yet. ~JJL According to the CDC’s report on mortality in the United States, male life expectancy decreased from 76.3 years to 76.1 years in 2016 compared to 2015. Meanwhile, female life expectancy remained the same at 81.1 years. ~SD Seismic Foundry, a fintech fund run by Bill Templer, Cathryn Lyall, David Feltes, Jeff Gale and Brendan Bradley, made its first investment in fintech start-up Kite Edge. ~JJL Yesterday’s JLN Options…

Nikolai Larbalestier – Be the Change You Want to See Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“Take the opportunity. Take the risk. Understand the risk but go for it anyway. Failure is part of the journey, but success is the reward.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Nikolai Larbalestier, AVP enterprise architect at Nasdaq, discusses three technologies that could potentially disrupt the market: distributed ledger technologies, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing. With the emergence of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, Larbalestier says the technology is there to insure that the exchanges “catch the wave” and are not overrun. The goal at Nasdaq is to use this technology to adapt to the…

The Future of Bitcoin (Futures) – with Lanre Sarumi Blog,Video,video

With the launch of the first bitcoin futures only a couple of days away, JLN asked Lanre Sarumi, the CEO of the quantitative analytics software firm Riskbone as well as CEO of Level Trading Field, a free online financial news and analytics platform, what traders should know before taking the plunge into this very new product. Sarumi spoke about who will be trading the fledgling futures and why, the differences between the proposed contracts at Cboe, CME and Nasdaq, and some strategies traders might use to make the most of the current bitcoin mania.   For those who want to…

The Silent Screams of the Bitcoin Shorts Blog,Commentary,Feature,Fintech,Investing & Trading,Mwiki,ReformWiki,Tech / HFT

If bitcoin were a standard commodity or securities instrument, headlines would be screaming about how the “shorts” were being squeezed. With bitcoin in a parabolic price rise, some calling it a mania, there are no shorts to scream bloody murder. Many commodities and companies have key constituents who apply political pressure when futures markets are moving so sharply that common sense tells you there is something wrong or unbalanced happening in the market. Sometimes rules are changed or obscure procedures exercised at futures exchanges in order to accommodate an orderly liquidation of positions in cases where the powers that be…