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JLN Options: Options Traders Side With Comcast on NBCUniversal Deal 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: 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: CME’s Daily Trading Volume for Treasury Options Hit Record Friday Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories CME’s Daily Trading Volume for Treasury Options Hit Record FridayDow Jones Business News (via NASDAQ)Total daily volume edged up 0.1% to 1,174,227, compared with 1,172,710 reached on June 8, 2007. This included a record 639,306 Treasury options executed on CME Globex.http://jlne.ws/Wsv1tX Are SPX Options Too Cheap?MinyanvilleOne of the first themes of options trading that I learned on the trading desk was that the best predictor of future volatility is recent realized volatility, with all else being equal. Best predictor does not mean good predictor. It simply means that, of all the alternatives, recent realized volatility is the best…

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: Finra Scrutinizes Options Firms Over Possible Order Mismarking Newsletter,Options

LEAD STORIES Finra Scrutinizes Options Firms Over Possible Order Mismarking Jacob Bunge and Liz Moyer, The Wall Street JournalMarket regulators are pursuing a wide-ranging review of firms that trade stock options, scrutinizing electronic trading practices that may have allowed firms to avoid paying exchange fees and step ahead of other investors to complete trades. http://jlne.ws/VXGxPM Did stock manipulation cause Apple stock to close at $500?Karen Haslam, Macworld Why did Apple close at exactly $500 on Friday? Has Apple been the victim of stock manipulation? As we wrote last week, call options written this summer were due to expire on 19…

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…

John Lothian Newsletter: Nasdaq hires former LSE sales exec; NYSE routing issue may have allowed improper trades; U.S. dispute over derivatives trading data heats up John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

As it moves closer to launch, London-based exchange Nasdaq OMX NLX hires a new director of sales for post-trade services. Another technical fault, this time at NYSE, may have allowed trades to be completed at improper prices. DTCC threatens to sue the CFTC over the way one of its rivals plans to handle derivatives trading data.

JLN Options: A Washington Post Article On The Debt Ceiling Is Being Blamed For The Collapse In Market Volatility Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories A Washington Post Article On The Debt Ceiling Is Being Blamed For The Collapse In Market VolatilityJoe Weisenthal, Business InsiderQuick heads up.Some folks are attributing the market rally and the collapse of volatility to a Washington Post article by Greg Sargent arguing that the GOP isn’t united in their Debt Ceiling strategy as people might think.http://jlne.ws/13h48x9 As VIX slumbers, investors grow complacent David Berman, The Globe and MailBill Luby at the VIX and More blog has been polling readers weekly on their top fears. In the latest poll, concerns about the U.S. deficit and debt ceiling have become the…

JLN Options: Volatility Plunges, But Math Still Suggests ‘Shock’ is Coming: MKM Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Volatility Plunges, But Math Still Suggests ‘Shock’ is Coming: MKMBy Brendan Conway, BarronsAs stock indexes surge Wednesday, the market’s worry barometers are plunging. And yet for MKM Partners’ derivatives strategist Jim Strugger, the math of stock-market volatility still shows plenty of embedded risk.http://jlne.ws/VufurW Vix Futures Set New Single-Day Volume Record [December 31, 2012]Press ReleaseCHICAGO, IL – December 31, 2012 – The CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE) announced today that CBOE Volatility Index (VIX index) futures set a new single-day volume record of 212,800 contracts (estimated) today. The new daily record eclipsed the previous single-day record of 190,081 contracts…