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Volatility Is Low But Ambiguity Is Sky High; Clearing forex options; War on Dutch prop shops Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight (Click for larger image) Lead Stories Volatility Is Low But Ambiguity Is Sky High Ben Eisen – WSJ Two academics are rolling out a new measure of market fear that suggests investors aren’t nearly as complacent as they seem. The gauge of so-called ambiguity, meant to chronicle the degree of uncertainty investors have in the probabilities they use to make decisions, has been at all-time highs in recent months, indicating that there’s more fear built into the stock market than common measures of volatility suggest. The Cboe Volatility Index, a popular metric for tracking fear in the…

VIX options record; Bets on falling VIX; New Optiver CEO Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight OCC Announces Promotions to Leadership Team OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, today announced several promotions to its leadership team. “To fulfill its role as an effective and efficient Systemically Important Financial Market Utility and serve as a forceful advocate for the U.S. exchange-listed options industry, OCC must be seen as a destination for top talent,” said Craig Donohue, OCC Executive Chairman and CEO. “Through the work of our entire team, OCC has been able to attract and retain very knowledgeable individuals across a wide range of expertise who are adding value to the…

John Lothian Newsletter: The year dark trading surged; Abenomics Drives Japan Hedge Funds to Worlds Top Performers; Optiver appoints new CEO John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Ideas adjust to new ‘facts’ of finance – FT.com Gillian Tett Eight decades ago, economist John Maynard Keynes reputedly remarked: “When the facts change, I change my mind; what do you do sir?” Investors might do well to consider that question as, looking back at the past five years, it is clear some of the “facts” of global finance have been overturned. Unsurprisingly, that has produced some visible shifts in most investors’ views. jlne.ws/1dcN0y3 ***JM: It’s an interesting paradox that our perspective can shift over time, yet we can also stubbornly engage in an infinite loop of destructive…