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Is the VIX Being Gamed?; Bullish Options Positioning; Traders Love Crypto Stock Moves Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Is the VIX Being Gamed? A Sudden Swoon Has Traders Talking Again Nikolaj Gammeltoft and Cecile Vannucci – Bloomberg It made for quite a chart. On the morning of Dec. 20, just as billions of dollars of futures tied to the Cboe Volatility Index were set to expire, the index plunged. The result was a settlement price, a weekly value critical to holders of some the most heavily traded derivatives in the country, that was 13 percent below the prior day’s close. A nice break, if you were short. jlne.ws/2FmYv96 ****SD: I think one upside to this whole…

Options Market Plugs Away; Market Unease; Millennials & Investing Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Save the Date for OIC 2018 OIC Mark your calendar for next year’s Options Industry Conference, which will be held May 2-4, 2018, at the picturesque Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, located just off the coast of Florida. /goo.gl/YEjt8M ++++++ OCC News August/September 2017 OCC In this issue: Q&A with OCC’s Chief Security Officer Mark Morrison, updates from Capitol Hill, advocacy and charitable endeavors. jlne.ws/2xniZwc ++++++ Business and Friendship Went Together For Leo Melamed, Bob Wilmouth and Leslie Rosenthal John Lothian – JLN Leo Melamed lost two good friends in the last few days in Bob Wilmouth…

Stock Returns and Politics = Not Normal; VIX The Tail Wagging The Dog?; Euro Pressured as Volatility Rises Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Stock Returns, Like Politics, Are Not Normal; There are two primary reasons for the protracted decline in both implied and realized volatility. Dean Curnutt – Bloomberg Perhaps no consensus opinion has proven more incorrect than the notion that a Donald Trump presidency would lead to more market volatility. So range-bound has been the S&P 500 Index in 2017 that fully 60 percent of the days have produced a daily upside or downside return of less than 0.25 percentage point. /bloom.bg/2wqU4c9 ****SD: From WSJ – Investors Grapple With Signs of Unrest and from NY Times – The Stock Market…

Plummeting Volatility Gauges Mask Lingering Fears in Options; Some Soros Fund holdings may profit if stocks fall – SEC filings; Massachusetts regulator investigates trade order ‘kickbacks’ Newsletter,Options

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Lead Stories Plummeting Volatility Gauges Mask Lingering Fears in Options Luke Kawa – Bloomberg The sharp drop in volatility may hide the extent to which U.S. stock market fears still persist. So says Macro Risk Advisors head of derivatives strategy Pravit Chintawongvanich, who has zeroed in on September VIX call options with a strike price of 20 to show that there are still concerns about a sharp selloff in the near future. jlne.ws/2w6J83j ***JB: Bloomberg chart suggesting something similar. Some Soros Fund holdings may profit if stocks fall: SEC filings Trevor Hunnicut – Reuters Soros Fund Management LLC, whose billionaire…

CBOE to launch bitcoin future contracts; LedgerX Will Transform Cryptocurrencies; Traders are betting big on a stock market shock Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight July 2017 Options Exchange Marketshare via OCC ****SD: In case you missed the OCC’s release yesterday about July cleared volume, you can find that here. ++++++ The Concept of Basis – Gregg Doud Education.MarketsWiki.com “The beauty of this industry is, I don’t care how much artificial intelligence or how many algorithms you use, you’re still going to have to have somebody that understands where stuff is supplied, where it comes from and where it goes and the trade flows associated with it.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, Gregg Doud,…

Options Traders Aren’t Sweating the Debt Ceiling; China Inc.’s Next Debt Headache Is $580 Billion of Put Options Coming Due; Banks relying on volatility resurgence to boost trading profits Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight OCC Cleared Contract Volume Up Two Percent in July OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that cleared contract volume in July was 324,718,888 contracts, up two percent from the July 2016 volume of 317,045,566 contracts. OCC’s year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume is also up two percent with 17,045,133 contracts in 2017. jlne.ws/2wieijX Lead Stories Options Traders Aren’t Sweating the Debt Ceiling Chris Dieterich – WSJ The bond market recently appeared jittery about a protracted fight on Capitol Hill over the debt ceiling. Options? Not so much. A reading of the options…

Who trades options the most? Millennial investors; EU’s Market Rules Revamp May Be Slower Than Traders Fear; Suspicion of VIX manipulation Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Hurdling Options Obstacles: OptionsPlay Finds Advisors Need as Much Help as Retail Investors Spencer Doar – JLN When trading options, the options chain is both an advertisement and entry point for the retail investor. But for an options novice, a chart of prices for puts and calls is not the most clear or engaging means of joining the fray. Founded in 2012, OptionsPlay has some 70,000 users and aims to remove the clutter and noise from trading options with straightforward explanations, strategy visualizations, strategy recommendations and technical data and analysis. What founder Mark Engelhardt and crew didn’t…