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JLN Options: Mini Options Will Go Live on Monday March 18th Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Mini Options Will Go Live on Monday March 18thBret Kenwell, BenzingaThe debate to allow mini options on the CBOE has been going on for a couple years now. Ever since names like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) began trading at rather high dollar amounts, there have been parties both for and against the move.http://jlne.ws/Z3PN1g U.S. Stocks Decline After S&P 500 Index Approaches RecordSarah Pringle, BloombergBusinessweekU.S. stocks fell, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index moved within two points of its record high yesterday, as a report showed consumer confidence unexpectedly fell in March.http://jlne.ws/Z3NZFB…

JLN Options: CFTC Proposal Poses “Monumental” Challenge to FCMs Newsletter,Options

CFTC Proposal Poses “Monumental” Challenge to FCMsBy John Lothian Changes to the way customer funds are held and accounted for by futures commission merchants (FCMs) were inevitable after the bankruptcies of MF Global and Peregrine Financial Group. But it is pressure from buy-side market participants and their allies in Congress who are pushing for regulatory changes that could change the face of the futures business. At last week’s CFTC Roundtable, the fourth panel of the day titled “Enhancing Protections Afforded Customers and Customer Funds Held by Futures Commission Merchants and Derivatives Clearing Organization,” highlighted the challenges and potential consequences to…

JLN Options: A Sensible Change in Taxing Derivatives Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories A Sensible Change in Taxing DerivativesVictor Fleischer, DealbookIt’s not every day that I’m happy with Congress.Readers may recall David Kocieniewski’s article about Ronald S. Lauder, an heir to the Estée Lauder fortune with a net worth of more than of $3 billion.http://jlne.ws/X5qw74 Here’s How The ‘Fear Index’ Recovered After 11 Major CrisesSam Ro, Business InsiderThe analysts at Credit Suisse recently published their Global Investment Returns Yearbook The Big Picture’s Barry Ritholtz: recently pointed us to it.http://jlne.ws/X5rEaL  Nasdaq Talks With Carlyle Signal Exchange Takeovers Not OverLindsey Rupp, Leslie Picker & Whitney Kisling, BloombergNasdaq OMX Group Inc.’s talks with Carlyle…

JLN Options: Speculators Buy Up Precious, Base Metals Futures, Options — CFTC Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Speculators Buy Up Precious, Base Metals Futures, Options — CFTCKitco News (via Forbes)Speculators returned as buyers in all precious and base metals futures and options traded on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange and the Nymex, according to U.S. government data, spurred in part by a rise in prices.http://jlne.ws/12mQ2al Nasdaq’s man on a mission in EuropeTim Cave, Financial NewsAs the only European on the nine-person executive committee of Nasdaq OMX, Danish-born Hans-Ole Jochumsen might well be personally familiar with the predicament currently facing the transatlantic exchange operator.http://jlne.ws/XCFnHv Wall St hedge fund manager tries to force…

John Lothian Newsletter: ICE CEO Calls For Change In Stock-Market Practices; Exchange-traded Derivatives On U.S. Treasuries On The Way; Commodities brokers launch gas benchmarks John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

ICE’s Jeff Sprecher thinks there are a lot of dumb things going on in stock trading, and figures that the acquisition of NYSE Euronext might be a way to advocate straightening some of it out. Nasdaq and BNY Mellon set up to debut options trading on US Treasuries. Commodity brokers in Europe launch a set of natural gas price benchmarks based on actual trading rather than market estimates.

JLN Options: Nasdaq to Offer Options on U.S. Treasury Securities This Month Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Nasdaq to Offer Options on U.S. Treasury Securities This MonthLiz Capo McCormick, BloombergNasdaq OMX Group Inc., the second- biggest U.S. exchange operator, will offer options on U.S. Treasury securities to allow buyers to hedge interest-rate risk.http://jlne.ws/XjLYWW Some Trader Has Made A Very Big Bet That Something Very Bad Will Happen Within The Next 60 DaysSam Ro, Business Insider[A]ccording to UBS’s Art Cashin, some options trader has made an enormous $11.25 million bet that the VIX will explode higher very soon.http://jlne.ws/11Ly8m7**Confusing terminology on what the trader actually did – I assume they meant he bought the April 20-25 call…

JLN Options: Wall Street silent as GOP eyes derivatives Newsletter,Options

New Restoring Customer Confidence VideoThe ninth video in our Restoring Customer Confidence series deals with securing segregated funds. Each week we will post a new idea answering the question – how do you restore customer confidence and bring traders back? Restoring Customer Confidence More ideas» Customer Segregation: Keep It SeparateMarketsWiki.tv There has been much talk about protecting customer funds but keeping them in segregated accounts outside of the brokerage house. John Omahen, vice president of post trade derivatives solutions at SunGard, talks about the value in moving customer funds to a clearing house. Such segregation could help not only protect…

JLN Options: First US ETF celebrates 20th birthday Newsletter,Options

LEAD STORIES First US ETF celebrates 20th birthdayBy Chris FloodThe first US listed exchange traded fund marked its 20th birthday on Tuesday having developed into into a $125bn giant and becoming one of the world’s most widely traded securities over the past two decades.The SPDR S&P 500 ETF, known as SPY, which is managed by State Street Global Advisors, has spearheaded the development of the ETF industry worldwide since its launch in 1993.…SPY also generates a huge volume of turnover in derivatives markets with 585.7m contracts in 2012, around 16 per cent of US equity options volume last year.http://jlne.ws/VnzCgI VIX…

JLN Options: Investors Seek More Transparency on Corporate Hedging, Derivatives Exposures Newsletter,Options

LEAD STORIES Investors Seek More Transparency on Corporate Hedging, Derivatives ExposuresEmily Chasan, The Wall Street JournalCorporate disclosures on hedge accounting and derivatives trading are so opaque that investors are often unable to see the true risks companies face from engaging in those activities, according to a new report from the CFA Institute, which is recommending companies improve disclosures in those areas.http://jlne.ws/W91pQf S&P 500 Advances to Five-Year High on Economic ReportsBy Rita Nazareth & Sarah Pringle, BloombergU.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a five-year high, amid better- than-forecast initial jobless claims and housing data.http://jlne.ws/XGRl34 GFI announces…