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The Spread – Week of 3/26 to 3/29 Video,video

Heyo! Markets in 2018 = not boring. This week in The Spread we cover gyrating indices, a gigantic deal, the resurgence of “exotic” ETPs, the Easter holiday, the start of the MLB season and a few sour notes in the financial media space. The following are the stories referenced in this week’s options-related news recap: CNN – Disgraced Aussie cricketers return home after ball tampering ban Reuters – Exchange operator CME Group to buy Britain’s NEX for $5.5 billion Financial News – CME plans hundreds of job cuts after £3.8bn NEX takeover Automated Trader – Automated Trader Homepage BuzzFeed News…

Volatility Soars on Trade War Talk; Milder Trade Winds Help Ease Chill Newsletter,Options

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Observations & Insight The Spread – Week of 3/19 to 3/23 JohnLothianNews.com The JLN team is back in Chicago to bring you a more conventional episode of The Spread. Thank heavens our teleprompter was back in action – ad libbing a poolside chat was wicked difficult. You are likely up to date on the potential Biden v. Trump title fight that was in the headlines this week, but are you up to date on the week’s happenings in options? Watch the video here » Lead Stories Volatility Soars on Trade War Talk Danny Riley – Nadex These trade wars with…

The Spread – The (Out)Take from FIA Boca Commentary,Video,video

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 action, skip to the last minute. The following are stories referenced in…

More Questions Than Answers For A Potential CryptoMarketsWiki ICO Blog,Commentary,CryptoMarkets,Fintech,Mwiki

In the announcement of CryptoMarketsWiki last week, I mentioned that the project would explore the initial coin offering process from an editorial and strategic perspective. If our due diligence works out, we may go ahead and conduct an ICO and use the token in our business operations. But there are lots of questions to answer before we get there. In fact, there are lots of questions we don’t even know yet, let alone know the answers. However, if we are going to build the central knowledge base for the cryptomarkets world, having real life experience with the product would be…

Options investors accuse brokers of fueling sell-offs Newsletter,Options

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Observations & Insight Potential CME-NEX Deal Is Full of History, Dilemma, Risk and Reward John J. Lothian – JLN For many years, the Chicago Board of Trade had cash treasuries envy, wanting to add the trading of cash treasury bonds and notes to its offerings. For many years, the CME has had cash currency trading envy. Both exchanges, now part of the CME Group, have tried to compete in cash Treasury and FX through various collaborations and initiatives. None of them succeeded. Chicago Board Brokerage and FXMarketSpace are long gone, but the desire to add treasuries and cash FX trading…

Legal battle over Credit Suisse ‘volatility’ product expands to second firm Newsletter,Options

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Lead Stories Legal battle over Credit Suisse ‘volatility’ product expands to second firm Trevor Hunnicutt – Reuters The legal fight over a complex Credit Suisse financial instrument betting on stock market swings is expanding, with a new lawsuit targeting one of the product’s service providers. An investor on Thursday sued both the bank and the service provider, a unit of Janus Henderson Group PLC, over the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term Exchange-Traded Note (ETN). jlne.ws/2HGN6RP Hey, Credit Suisse—Just Because You Disclose the Risks of Your Volatility ETN Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Be Sued Crystal Kim – Barron’s Investors were burned…

Cyber threats force US clearing house on to cloud Newsletter,Options

x~OBSERVATIONS Tempers Flare in U.S.-EU Spat Over Clearinghouse Supervision Regulators trade public barbs at industry conference in Florida; CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo has repeatedly said that European supervision of U.S. entities would be unacceptable. Gabriel T. Rubin – WSJ (SUBSCRIPTION) Tensions between the U.S. and European Union over the supervision of clearinghouses boiled over publicly on Wednesday, with top regulators trading barbs and recriminations at an industry conference. https://goo.gl/AVF1jG ***SD: We covered the rowdiness and insults traded at yesterday’s “10 Years On” panel featuring Barney Frank. While that was quite the memorable experience, the above spat is the one…

What’s the Biggest Trade on the New York Stock Exchange? The Last One John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff CFTC Chairman Chris Giancarlo opened his speech to the FIA International Conference in Boca Raton by honoring Leo Melamed and his contributions to the industry upon which all market participants benefit. Leo is the giant “upon whose shoulders we all stand,” Giancarlo said, noting Leo had announced his retirement from the CME Group’s board. It was a classy display from the popular CFTC Chairman. Kudos Mr. Chairman!~JJL During the lunch at the FIA Conference, before the presentation by the journalist and author Walter Isaacson, a tribute video was shown honoring Mike Dawley, who…

ETFs not to blame for market turbulence, says BNY Mellon Newsletter,Options

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Observations & Insight Boca Takeaways Spencer Doar – JLN The “Ten Years On: A Retrospective View of the Financial Crisis” panel led to the most fireworks of the conference thus far. We are 10 years on from the crisis, and it is extremely clear that no one views those events the same way. Paul Atkins, CEO of Patomak Global Partners, at one point took issue with former Congressman Barney Frank’s take on Fannie and Freddie, saying, “You should take an accounting class,” to which Barney Frank shot back, “Don’t be so condescending.” The whole panel went that way. You have…