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Short-VIX Trade Shows Few Signs of Fading; More BTC; Sleepy Oil; Markets Numb to Risk Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bitcoin stirs volatility fears as it heads for $10,000 Hannah Murphy – Financial Times The price of bitcoin soared to record highs on Monday and approached the symbolic $10,000 threshold even as some traditional marketplaces warned they were becoming “uncomfortable” with the volume and volatility of trading in the cryptocurrency. on.ft.com/2BmDb0m ****SD: Some folks must be making that “baby’s first taste of lemon” face. Just two weeks ago – when BTC was trading for less than $8k – LedgerX initiated it’s first long-term bitcoin futures option with a strike of $10,000 (sold/bought for $2,250.25). The contract expires…

FCM Outlook 2016: Brokers Finding New Fields Of Green Blog,Commentary

Futures Commission Merchants have not had an easy time of it in the years since the 2008 Financial Crisis and the subsequent regulatory and interest rate avalanche. For many firms, it’s been a perfect storm of financial crisis, low to no interest rates and volatility, and an ongoing crush of new rules and regulations from U.S. and European regulators. For some firms, the combination has been stifling, while others have shut down or sold out to other, stronger players. In January, the number of FCMs stood at around 60, down from 139 in 2008, according to data from the National…