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JLN Options: CFTC Proposal Poses “Monumental” Challenge to FCMs Newsletter,Options

CFTC Proposal Poses “Monumental” Challenge to FCMsBy John Lothian Changes to the way customer funds are held and accounted for by futures commission merchants (FCMs) were inevitable after the bankruptcies of MF Global and Peregrine Financial Group. But it is pressure from buy-side market participants and their allies in Congress who are pushing for regulatory changes that could change the face of the futures business. At last week’s CFTC Roundtable, the fourth panel of the day titled “Enhancing Protections Afforded Customers and Customer Funds Held by Futures Commission Merchants and Derivatives Clearing Organization,” highlighted the challenges and potential consequences to…

JLN Options: A Sensible Change in Taxing Derivatives Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories A Sensible Change in Taxing DerivativesVictor Fleischer, DealbookIt’s not every day that I’m happy with Congress.Readers may recall David Kocieniewski’s article about Ronald S. Lauder, an heir to the Estée Lauder fortune with a net worth of more than of $3 billion.http://jlne.ws/X5qw74 Here’s How The ‘Fear Index’ Recovered After 11 Major CrisesSam Ro, Business InsiderThe analysts at Credit Suisse recently published their Global Investment Returns Yearbook The Big Picture’s Barry Ritholtz: recently pointed us to it.http://jlne.ws/X5rEaL  Nasdaq Talks With Carlyle Signal Exchange Takeovers Not OverLindsey Rupp, Leslie Picker & Whitney Kisling, BloombergNasdaq OMX Group Inc.’s talks with Carlyle…

JLN Options: Speculators Buy Up Precious, Base Metals Futures, Options — CFTC Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Speculators Buy Up Precious, Base Metals Futures, Options — CFTCKitco News (via Forbes)Speculators returned as buyers in all precious and base metals futures and options traded on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange and the Nymex, according to U.S. government data, spurred in part by a rise in prices.http://jlne.ws/12mQ2al Nasdaq’s man on a mission in EuropeTim Cave, Financial NewsAs the only European on the nine-person executive committee of Nasdaq OMX, Danish-born Hans-Ole Jochumsen might well be personally familiar with the predicament currently facing the transatlantic exchange operator.http://jlne.ws/XCFnHv Wall St hedge fund manager tries to force…

JLN Options: CBOE In Settlement Talks With SEC Over Investigation Newsletter,Options

Sanjeev Joshipura of the Commodity Markets Council on Dodd-Frank in 2013MarketsWiki.tv Sanjeev Joshipura, president of Commodity Markets Council, talks about how Dodd-Frank rules will impact his membership base. Joshipura talks with JLN editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf about the future of the controversial position limit rule, which was vacated by a US District Court on September 28, 2012. A new position limit rule is expected from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which will include a cost-benefit analysis. CMC is also focused on the CFTC’s reauthorization this year and the continuation of EMIR regulations. Joshipura also talks about US and EU regulatory…

JLN Options: Nasdaq to Offer Options on U.S. Treasury Securities This Month Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Nasdaq to Offer Options on U.S. Treasury Securities This MonthLiz Capo McCormick, BloombergNasdaq OMX Group Inc., the second- biggest U.S. exchange operator, will offer options on U.S. Treasury securities to allow buyers to hedge interest-rate risk.http://jlne.ws/XjLYWW Some Trader Has Made A Very Big Bet That Something Very Bad Will Happen Within The Next 60 DaysSam Ro, Business Insider[A]ccording to UBS’s Art Cashin, some options trader has made an enormous $11.25 million bet that the VIX will explode higher very soon.http://jlne.ws/11Ly8m7**Confusing terminology on what the trader actually did – I assume they meant he bought the April 20-25 call…

JLN Options: CME’s Daily Trading Volume for Treasury Options Hit Record Friday Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories CME’s Daily Trading Volume for Treasury Options Hit Record FridayDow Jones Business News (via NASDAQ)Total daily volume edged up 0.1% to 1,174,227, compared with 1,172,710 reached on June 8, 2007. This included a record 639,306 Treasury options executed on CME Globex.http://jlne.ws/Wsv1tX Are SPX Options Too Cheap?MinyanvilleOne of the first themes of options trading that I learned on the trading desk was that the best predictor of future volatility is recent realized volatility, with all else being equal. Best predictor does not mean good predictor. It simply means that, of all the alternatives, recent realized volatility is the best…

JLN Options: DERIVATIVES: US options stage January comeback Newsletter,Options

LEAD STORIES DERIVATIVES: US options stage January comebackHelen Bartholomew, IFRAfter the annual first slump in activity for a decade, the US options market got off to a buoyant start to the year with January volume up almost 8% year-on-year across the 11 US options bourses.http://jlne.ws/XjhXEY **Increased interest in call options, the expansion of weekly options, and the launch of mini options in March bode well for the options market in 2013. — SR Trading Volume in Vix Futures Rose to New Record in JanuaryPress Release (CBOE)The CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE®) announced today that trading activity in futures on the CBOE…

JLN Options: Options Exchange ISE Turning to ETFs Newsletter,Options

LEAD STORIES Options Exchange ISE Turning to ETFsBrendan Conway, Barron’sThe International Securities Exchange, neck-and-neck for the number three spot in the U.S. stock-options market, just rechristened its product-development group as ISE ETF Ventures, if that gives you an idea where the options exchange sees its future.http://jlne.ws/Vqr5rI Wall Street vs. commodity traders at U.S. watchdog swaps hearingDouwe Miedema, ReutersWall Street banks and Chicago commodity traders on Thursday will each try to sway the top U.S. derivatives regulator their way at a public hearing on whether new rules unduly favor one of the two rivals.http://jlne.ws/Vqppyn Low Volatility Here to Stay? VIX Futures…

JLN Options: Wall Street silent as GOP eyes derivatives Newsletter,Options

New Restoring Customer Confidence VideoThe ninth video in our Restoring Customer Confidence series deals with securing segregated funds. Each week we will post a new idea answering the question – how do you restore customer confidence and bring traders back? Restoring Customer Confidence More ideas» Customer Segregation: Keep It SeparateMarketsWiki.tv There has been much talk about protecting customer funds but keeping them in segregated accounts outside of the brokerage house. John Omahen, vice president of post trade derivatives solutions at SunGard, talks about the value in moving customer funds to a clearing house. Such segregation could help not only protect…