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Wall Street’s volatility gauge dips below 10 for first time since early August Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Exchanges Cite Hacking Risk of SEC’s Planned Market Data Repository; Stock-exchange executives worry the Consolidated Audit Trail will be a juicy target for hackers Dave Michaels – WSJ Stock-exchange executives are warning a planned comprehensive data repository designed to help regulators detect market manipulation faces hacking risks, one week after Equifax Inc. disclosed one of the biggest data breaches in U.S. history. /goo.gl/6gi5oi ****SD: Plenty of CAT talk at the STA Market Structure conference in D.C. last week. My brief recap of the conference is below, as well as more of JLN’s CAT coverage this year. ++++++…

Fund manager bets millions that traders are about to get whipsawed by volatility Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Fund manager bets millions that traders are about to get whipsawed by volatility Shawn Langlois – MarketWatch ‘If central banks want to keep saving the day, that is fine. But volatility will then be transmuted through other forms like populism and identity politics and threaten the fabric of democracy. And that is something that my hedge fund will never be able to protect against.’ jlne.ws/2fbi6kv An investing legend who’s nailed the bull market at every turn sees no end in sight for the 269% rally Joe Ciolli – Business Insider When Laszlo Birinyi talks about the stock market,…

‘False Peace’ for Markets? A Trader Is Betting Millions on It; CBOE’s Chris Concannon says bitcoin… Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight October 16th MarketsWiki Education Intern Recruiting Event Chicago JLN Students who want to learn about the financial services field are invited to join us at our October 16th MarketsWiki Education Intern Recruiting Event Chicago, where financial services professionals will deliver informative presentations about careers, trends and opportunities in our global markets. This event also includes a new job fair for student internships in 2018. /goo.gl/050bAJ Lead Stories ‘False Peace’ for Markets? A Trader Is Betting Millions on It Landon Thomas Jr. – NY Times Last Wednesday was another good day to make money on Wall Street: Stocks…

CBOE Holdings Announces Plans to Launch Options on S&P Select Sector Indices Newsletter,Options

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Lead Stories CBOE Holdings Announces Plans to Launch Options on S&P Select Sector Indices CBOE CBOE Holdings, Inc. (BATS: CBOE | NASDAQ: CBOE) announces plans to expand its suite of product offerings tied to S&P Dow Jones Indices with the planned launch of options on the 10 S&P Select Sector Indices that comprise the S&P 500, a key benchmark of the U.S. equities market. The new index options will offer investors across the globe new ways to efficiently incorporate U.S. sector investing strategies into their portfolios. jlne.ws/2wYropQ Investors Say Being Long Bitcoin Is Now the Most Crowded Trade Dave Liedtka…

VIX creator Bob Whaley: investors don’t grasp Wall Street ‘fear gauge’; Swedroe: Embracing The Downside Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories VIX creator Bob Whaley: investors don’t grasp Wall Street ‘fear gauge’ Graham Rapier – Business Insider Business Insider recently spoke with Bob Whaley, the Vanderbilt University finance professor who created the wildly popular index. Whaley, 64, said he had been pleasantly surprised by the attention his index had received since its launch almost three decades ago. Here’s what he had to say: jlne.ws/2wVmutF Swedroe: Embracing The Downside Larry Swedroe – ETF.com It has long been known that investors have asymmetric preferences when it comes to bearing downside risk versus participating in the upside. The term “loss aversion” refers…

VIX pioneer Dan Galai interview; Betting on risk is risky; FX Options Update Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories A pioneer of the VIX says the market is looking at volatility all wrong; VIX pioneer Dan Galai interview Joe Ciolli – Business Insider Stock market volatility — or the lack thereof — has been a hot-button topic on Wall Street of late. jlne.ws/2eM2u3f The VIX, VXX, SVXY, and volatility-linked ETFs: Betting on risk is risky Allison Schrager – Quartz No risk, no reward. That maxim has suffered recently, as the stock market has rewarded investors with steady returns amid historically low volatility. Traders looking to beat the market have fewer options in such placid conditions, so some…

SEC nomination; Trouble for fastest traders; The death of stocks has been exaggerated John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes By JLN Staff Our friends at Deutsche Boerse Group have produced a video posted to Youtube titled “Brexit explained in simple terms”~JJL Do you know BOAT Services? The Cinnober subsidiary just received FCA approval to publish your firm’s post-trade reports – it’s a MIFID II thing. BOAT Services has more than 350 customers.~JK Retired FIA President John Damgard is today’s featured speaker from this summer’s MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity series in Chicago.~JJL The Realization Group and Software AG is hosting the second in a series of roundtable discussions on Digital Excellence in Banking and…

Record Days for VIX Futures and Options Volume and Open Interest This Month Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Record Days for VIX Futures and Options Volume and Open Interest This Month Matt Moran – VIX Views This year many financial professionals have raised the issue as to whether the VIX level appears to be “low” compared to the levels of worldwide financial insecurity. At the 70th CFA Institute Annual Conference in May 2017, Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago opined that the “low” level of the VIX Index was one of the biggest financial mysteries of our time. As shown in the chart below, in 2017 the averages of the daily levels were 11.5 for…

Global Trading Markets, Disruptive Tech and Entrepreneurship – Julie Lerner Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Mwiki,Video,video

“You can’t be an entrepreneur until you get that big idea. And that idea needs to be so big it feels like a curse as much as a blessing in the sense that you know you have to go do it.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Julie Lerner, CEO of PanXchange, discusses the convergence of global markets and being a successful entrepreneur. Lerner maintains that not only do you need passion, you need a specific niche. She realized she found hers when she learned how to embed options into cash contracts while working…