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May Volumes; Fixing the VIX; 50 Cent; OIC Options Studies Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight US Options Volumes Remain on Record Pace Despite Slowing Momentum TABB Forum US options volumes slipped again in May 2018, losing some of the momentum established during a torrid first quarter, but volumes still remain on pace to hit record levels for the year. May 2018 volumes fell to 366 million contracts, from April’s 398 million contracts. However, year-to-date US options volumes represent a healthy 25.2% gain over 2017. bit.ly/2KaE7K7 ****SD: The only exchange with a decrease in volume YoY is Nasdaq BX, but that drop was a mere 2 million contracts, which is more than made…

FX volatility hopes; $100 a Barrel Oil Wager Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Options Industry Leader Series 2018 – NYSE’s Ivan Brown Brought to you by the OCC In this video from the 36th annual Options Industry Conference (OIC) in Amelia Island, Fla., Ivan Brown, NYSE’s head of options, talks about launching options on the FANG+ index, implementing a complex price improvement auction mechanism, and the resiliency of U.S. options markets. Watch the video here » ****SD: See the press release in our “Exchanges” section for more on the FANG+ offering. ++++++ Italy Rout Wipes Five Billion Euros From Bond Futures Market James Hirai – Bloomberg The sell-off in…

Trump-Iran Showdown and Oil Options; Need a CAT “Tsar”; 3% Bond Yields Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Trump-Iran Countdown Finds Investors More Bearish in Oil Options Todd White and Alex Longley – Bloomberg Volatility has jumped for both bullish and bearish options; Demand for protection against a slump rose in recent days In the hours before President Donald Trump announces to the world whether he pulls the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement, bears are driving the oil options market. /goo.gl/tRJujV ****SD: Sources are reporting he’ll leave the accord. CAT ‘Tsar’ May be Required to Break Gridlock James Rundle – WatersTechnology Regulators may need to step up their efforts to push forward on the…

Cboe lawsuit; Background on LJM losses; Vol to stay? Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Access-Fee Pilot: Fewer Fees, More Fragmentation? Rob Daly – MarketsMedia The access-fee pilot proposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may increase fragmentation in the equity markets as Cboe Global Markets considers launching two additional order books to offset the pilot’s fee caps and prohibitions. “We have six exchanges, but we use four for equities and four for options,” said Chris Concannon, president and COO of Cboe, during the National Security Traders Association’s 2018 Market Structure Symposium in Chicago. “I promised the industry previously that we would not light up those books, but with the access-fee…

Vol-targeting a bad scapegoat; Trafigura moving hedging ops; Facebook fears Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – The (Out)Take from FIA Boca JohnLothianNews.com After much travel and a spell of ill health, we can confidently say The Spread is back in action. Our “weekly” options news recap will be much more of a weekly affair now. (Flu season is pretty much over, right?) The JLN crew was at FIA Boca last week and your humble host really struggled without our usual teleprompter rig. As such, welcome to a rambling, stumbling version of The Spread that includes some outtakes from my poor pool performance. If you just want the behind the scenes…

Surge in oil options trading; Belief in cryptocurrencies; FX vol collapsing Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Oil Options Trading Surges After Funds Buy Into OPEC’s Rebalancing Alex Longley – Bloomberg Brent, WTI option volumes hit multi-month highs on Monday; Funds seen drawn by tightening oil market, Mideast tensions Options trading for crude oil this week jumped to the highest in five months as money managers backed OPEC’s effort to rebalance the oil market and as regional tensions flared in the Middle East. jlne.ws/2AqPTLV ****SD: More on the fund buy in from John Kemp of Reuters, who lays out more on the overall action in the petroleum realm, not just WTI and Brent. Saxo’s Ole…

Traders test OPEC ‘whatever it takes’ resolve to defend oil price; The VIX is not a Fortune-Teller; ‘Vol’-Apalooza: A Handy Reference Guide To Low Volatility Regimes Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Are You Registered? If you haven’t registered for our Trading Chicago event, a joint effort between John Lothian News and FOW, now is the time. The one-day event is set for June 28th at the Swissotel in Chicago. You can register HERE and see the agenda for the conference. The program is packed with great topics and speakers. We’ll be leading off with a keynote from Craig Pirrong from the University of Houston and a debate over Dodd-Frank between Leslie Sutphen and Gary DeWaal. Other panels cover trading derivatives in the age of populism, trading fixed income,…