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The Spread – Week of 2/12 to 2/16 Commentary,Video,video

Manipulating, gaming, rigging – that’s the nature of VIX talk this week. But before we get to those allegations in this week’s options recap, we cover a few other stories that didn’t get as much press. The following are stories referenced in this week’s episode of The Spread: Gulf Times – China to curb option trades after one bet soared 2,250% Reuters – Colombia aims to kick-start oil hedging program – finance minister WSJ – Harvard, Hawaii Gambled on Market Calm—Then Everything Changed JLN – What’s the Deal With the VIX Manipulation Letter? Inaccuracy and Misunderstanding CNBC – Ex-CFTC head…

Wild, But Not Crazy; Peter Thiel’s Volatility Bet; Decca’s big short vol losses Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Another Nation to Start Hedging its Oil Production Spencer Doar – JLN Last Friday, Colombia’s finance minister said the country was planning an oil hedging program along the same lines as Mexico’s annual derivatives play. (Apologies the story wasn’t in the newsletter earlier – sometimes late Friday articles get lost over the weekend.) This has potentially huge repercussions for oil derivatives markets. As a point of comparison, the Mexican “Hacienda hedge” is the biggest annual oil deal, according to Bloomberg. (That linked story is a great longform on how the Hacienda hedge comes together.) From 2007 to…

Bond wolves; Hedging for the shale boom; Jump Trading shakeup; More BTC Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Jim Kharouf Resigns as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc.; Will Continue Work with Company in Freelance Role Jim Kharouf is stepping down as CEO of John J. Lothian & Company, Inc. at the end of the year after having assumed the role on January 1, 2017. Kharouf is leaving the company as an employee, but will continue to work with John Lothian News and John Lothian Productions as an independent contributor. He will also be exploring his own bespoke initiatives, including in the Fintech sector. Despite accomplishing much during his tenure at the company…

US Options Volume Defies Moribund Volatility; Market fear indicator shows historic difference between Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500; U.S. shale firms more exposed to falling oil prices as hedges expire Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Line-up for MarketsWiki Education Series in NY and Chicago By John J. Lothian We have set the line-ups of speakers for the MarketsWiki Education series in New York and Chicago. Here is the list of the speakers and the days they will be presenting. On July 11 at Nasdaq’s Marketsite location we will have Gary Barnett (SEC), Larry Tabb (Tabb Group), Jennifer Nayar (Vela Trading Technologies), Thomas Ascher (formerly ISE), and Morgan Slade (Cloud Quant). On July 11 at the second session at Nasdaq, we have Gregg Doud (Commodity Markets Council), Henry Schwartz (Trade Alert), Joe Gits…