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OCC Volumes; Flash Crashes; Position Limits JLN Options Newsletter,Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Remember, Remember the 15th of September Spencer Doar – JLN It’s that time of year again – the annual financial crisis reflection period. This year markets have a nice, round anniversary number to glom onto. I believe 10-year anniversaries traditionally merit gifts of tin or aluminum. I’m unsure who would be best to send those trinkets to… So there are plenty of stories floating around with plenty more to come. Here is what I expect to be one of many article lists covering issues, lessons and prognostications related to the global financial crisis. (I do hope the…

Don’t hate the game, hate the players; Volatility investors – once bitten but not shy; Vol funds worked – that’s the problem Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The VIX Can’t Cause Vol – Cboe’s View on Volatility ETPs Spencer Doar – JLN As volatility began to surge in February, and then exploded on the fifth of the month, exchange traded products (ETPs) that shorted or provided inverse exposure to VIX futures came under fire. The two most popular, Credit Suisse’s VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term exchange traded note (ETN), ticker XIV, and ProShares’ VIX Short VIX Short-Term Futures exchange traded fund (ETF), ticker SVXY, were the main focus, as they suffered huge losses. Trading in them was halted and then Credit Suisse announced it…

Strong October Options Volumes; American Options Calibration Issues; Betting Against Bitcoin Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight ESMA Consults On Calculation Of Derivative Positions Mondovisione The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published for public consultation future guidelines on the calculation of derivative positions by trade repositories (TRs) authorised in the European Union under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). jlne.ws/2hIw0Mb ****SD: In the link to future guidelines that is provided, there is this – “In contrast to the approach required under MiFID II/R to calculate position limits, position calculations with regards to options are not based on delta-adjusted notional values. Rather, the relevant gross notional values that are reported under EMIR…

Currency vol expectations regarding Jackson Hole; Debt-ceiling concerns; Credit Suisse hires Ebert from BAML Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Risk of sharp currency moves drives investors into hedged ETFs Helen Reid, Saikat Chatterjee and Trevor Hunnicutt – Reuters Investors have been piling into currency-hedged equity tracker funds, seeking protection against big moves in foreign exchange rates. Typically foreign investors buy un-hedged equities since share prices are usually negatively correlated to currencies. In fact, they offer a partial hedge against sharp moves in foreign exchange. /goo.gl/8JWyxh ****SD: How do ETF providers do this? Generally with forwards and options. The “o” word is only mentioned once in the article, but currency derivatives are really the heart of the…

Investors are bracing for a massive stock-market selloff; No single factor behind sterling flash crash, BIS says; VIX Watch – Markets Not Prepared For US-China Trade War Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Investors are bracing for a massive stock-market selloff Joseph Adinolfi – MarketWatch If options traders are correct, stocks are in for a wild ride in February. Demand for one-month call options tied to the CBOE Volatility Index, a popular gauge of stock-market volatility, has spiked in the past week, a sign that some are bracing for a sharp downturn following the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. jlne.ws/2jglzNX ****SD: Happy Friday the 13th everybody! No single factor behind sterling flash crash, BIS says BBC October’s flash crash in sterling was caused by several factors – including the time of…

CFTC Reproposes Position Limits, Adopts Aggregation Regulations; Some Thoughts by OCC on Risk Management; VIX Falls 14% But Futures Signal Market Turbulence in 2017 Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Challenging the Status Quo: Cinnober Aims To Break Into The Back Office Clearing Space Jim Kharouf – JLN There was a time when many thought there wasn’t really much of a market for full clearinghouse solutions with real time clearing and risk management. But in 2007 and 2008, Cinnober successfully pushed into the space and carved out a nice niche for itself, especially as the global financial crisis illustrated the intense need for such solutions. Now, the company is pushing into the established space of back office clearing for clearing member banks and brokers. That space is…

John Lothian Newsletter: 7 Years, 156 Cases and Few Convictions; Long-Delayed Commodity Trading Limits Move Toward Completion; CME’s Duffy slams transaction tax plan John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity Lineup ExpandedBy JLN Staff MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity keeps getting better. We are pleased to announce additional speakers for Chicago and New York. We try to assemble a wide variety of speakers from different disciplines and risks. Our most recent additions to the speaker lineup really emphasize that, as we have software, clearing, human resources and artificial intelligence represented. Rob D’Arco of software company Rival Systems will be joining the Chicago lineup, as will Tracy Raben, OCC‘s SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer. Also, we are pleased to announce Neurensic CEO David…

John Lothian Newsletter: Deutsche Börse lines up swoop for LSE; High-speed firms plan second 1,000-foot tower in Kent; A radical world for FCMs Blog

First Read So I Found You Again On Facebook: LSE and Deutsche Börse Dating Again Jim Kharouf and Doug Ashburn, JLN Well, here we go again. The on again, off again affair between the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse is, well on again. The two exchanges are looking to create “an exchange of equals” which would pair two powerful securities, derivatives, clearing, products and services companies in the global exchange space. LSE made a run at Deutsche Börse, just prior to the DB’s IPO in February 2001 but the deal fell through when shareholders in London objected. The second…

John Lothian Newsletter: Wall Street has a problem with women. Here’s why you should worry; Regulators focus on opaque Treasury trading; CFTC to finish position limits rule in 2016, Massad says John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Katie Burgoon, Trading Technologies – Gone But Not Forgotten: How The Floor Trader Mentality Can Prepare Everyone For Success JohnLothianNews.com “You would never have met a floor trader who did not live and breathe the markets every day. They literally could not wait for the alarm clock to go off every morning.” Though the open outcry system of order execution has been relegated (mostly) to the history books, the trading floor mentality lives on in the hearts and minds of the thousands of former floor participants. And any one of them would say that the things that defined…