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Insider trading has been rife on Wall Street, academics conclude; Singapore Bourse Seeks to Defuse Tensions With Indian Counterpart; Booming Demand for Clearing Options, Futures Contracts Fuels OCC’s Growth John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff The National Stock Exchange of India will end its licensing arrangements with SGX, CME Group, Taiwan Futures Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange, according to Bloomberg. Given the ongoing limited access to the Indian market, this can’t be good for NSE, even with a new tax-free trade zone. ~JK ICE is set to relaunch the National Stock Exchange, purchased last year, as NYSE National, a maker-taker pricing model.~JK Cliff Histed, a partner at K&L Gates LLP will be moderating the Enforcement Actions panel at the ABA’s “2018 Blockchain Technology, Digital Currency, and ICO National…

The Spread – Week of 1/29 – 2/2 Video,video

We’re baaaack! The flu season stinks but this episode of The Spread doesn’t. The Spread is a brief recap of some of the notable activity in the options world.  The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode of The Spread: MarketWatch – Volatile enough? Wall Street’s fear gauge on track for largest weekly rise in 5 months Cboe – Cboe Global Markets Sets Several Daily Volume Records on Friday, February 2 Bloomberg – VIX Securities Get Traded Like Crazy After Volatility Picks Up Traders – Fragmentation and Liquidity Issues Must Be Addressed to Maintain a Resilient Listed Options Market…

OCC cleared volume up 42 percent; We actually don’t know; Beware low vol or long live low vol? Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight January 2018 Options Exchange Marketshare vs January 2017 via OCC ++++++ Detailed January Volume Breakdown via OCC Lead Stories OCC Cleared Contract Volume Increased 42 Percent in January OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that cleared contract volume in January was up 42 percent from January 2017 with 479,812,469 contracts. Average daily volume at OCC is up 35 percent in 2018 with 22,848,213 contracts. OCC cleared futures volume is up 23 percent in January with 11,907,702 contracts. OCC’s stock loan program reported strong volume numbers with 233,482 transactions in January, up 29…

OCC plans cash management fee; Short-vol crushed in January; Selling time to traders Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Slippery Slope: Let’s Let Markets Decide On New Contracts Jim Kharouf – JLN Do exchanges need further regulation on the contracts they launch? That is the question the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is addressing now with the so-called self-certification process for new contracts. Exchanges have not faced this type of scrutiny over the launch of a new product in recent history until Bitcoin. Several new contract ideas have been squashed by legislation or regulation, including movie futures and onion futures way back when. But for the most part, exchanges are allowed to introduce new contracts as they…

Options Market Is Skeptical About High-Yield Bonds; OCC plans minimum cash contributions to clearing fund; German-Russian man admits to Dortmund team bus bombing Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – Week of 1/1/18 JohnLothianNews.com A new year, a new Spread! The Spread is a brief recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode of The Spread: Bloomberg – Five Things We Learned About MiFID II on Its First Day at Work OCC – OCC 2017 Total Cleared Contract Volume Up Four Percent, Third Highest Volume Year Ever The New York Times – When Forecasters Get It Wrong: Always See It Market – SKEW Index Continues To Diverge From VIX Index Northwestern’s Kellogg…

The Spread – Week of 1/1/18 Feature,Video,video

A new year, a new Spread! The Spread is a brief recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode of The Spread: Bloomberg – Five Things We Learned About MiFID II on Its First Day at Work OCC – OCC 2017 Total Cleared Contract Volume Up Four Percent, Third Highest Volume Year Ever The New York Times – When Forecasters Get It Wrong: Always See It Market – SKEW Index Continues To Diverge From VIX Index Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management – How Do Traders Respond to Off-Hour…

MiFID Starts; Exchange Stats; OCC AA+/Stable Rating Reaffirmed Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight December 2017 Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC Exchanges and Clearing CME Group Reached Record Average Daily Volume Of 16.3 Million Contracts In 2017, Up 4 Percent From 2016 CME Group 2017 Interest Rate average daily volume was a record 8.2 million contracts, up 9 percent compared with 2016 Annual average daily volume records also were reached in Energy, Agricultural Commodities, Metals, total options and electronic options /goo.gl/Yy152d OCC AA+/Stable Rating Reaffirmed By S&P OCC CHICAGO (January 2, 2018) – OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today commented on the reaffirmation of its AA+/Stable rating by…

OCC 2017 Total Contract Volume 3rd Highest Ever; Markets must prep for more volatility Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories OCC 2017 Total Cleared Contract Volume Up Four Percent, Third Highest Volume Year Ever OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced 2017 volume reached the third highest total cleared contract volume ever with 4,327,576,930 contracts, a four percent increase from the 4,167,747,777 cleared contracts in 2016. December cleared volume was 346,006,092 contracts, up three percent from December 2016. OCC also reported record-breaking 2017 volume for cleared futures with 138,029,762 cleared contracts; a 32 percent increase from 2016. /goo.gl/dnQLzH Markets must prepare for more volatility; Never before have central bank balance sheets been so large…

The Spread – Week of 12/18 Feature,Video,video

The Spread is a brief recap of some of the notable activity in the options world. This is Episode 3 and an improvement on “Revenge of the Sith.” The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode: WSJ – A Million-Dollar Bet That Bitcoin Will Hit $50,000 JLN – Seed CX Swaps Hemp For Cryptocurrencies OCC – Advocating for a stronger U.S. options market Reuters – LCH begins credit options clearing Bloomberg – Trader Turns $60 Million Profit in Sharpest Bond Selloff of 2017