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Traders snap up $80 Brent calls; EM volatility; Quad witching Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Carolyn Leonard – Women In Finance JohnLothianNews.com ” I had brokers with very large decks telling me to my face that they’ve never traded with a woman, they weren’t going to trade with me and that I shouldn’t take it personally… A lot of those same guys became awesome friends, but we had a real rocky start.” In this profile video from John Lothian News, Carolyn Leonard recalls her journey through the volatile world of trading at the Chicago Board Options Exchange beginning in the late ’70s. Leonard started trading after a divorce, with two young children…

Buying Options for a Volatile 2017; Quadruple witching day is not that scary for markets; Commodity options face implementation, logistics hurdles Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Buying Options for a Volatile 2017 Steven M. Sears – Barron’s In 2017, trading patterns are likely to be so erratic and sector performance so uneven that at times the proverbial wall of worry may solidify into the real thing—especially if President-elect Donald J. Trump’s “QE4” stimulus policies, in particular lower corporate tax rates, differ from Wall Street’s expectations. Hence, one of the great trades of recent years—selling puts to profit from rising stock prices—may prove tricky. Investors may find greater rewards buying options. Call buying is around the highest levels on record, dating back to 1997. Bullish…

JLN Options: Time to Start Fearing the VIX, Again Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Time to Start Fearing the VIX, Again Steven Russolillo – The Wall Street JournalThe market’s so-called fear gauge started showing signs of life this week, a development that historically doesn’t bode well for stocks.http://jlne.ws/16mJYly CBOE Holdings, Inc : Volume In CBOE’s S&P 500 Index Options Beats All-Time High Set In 2010Press Release (CBOE)The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) today reported that trading volume in S&P 500 Index options (SPXSM) contracts on Thursday, June 20 established a new daily record of 2,282,029 contracts traded.http://jlne.ws/130emFF New Daily Volume Record of 2,282,029 for SPX OptionsMatt Moran – CBOEA key factor impacting the…

JLN Options: ICE Throws Down Gauntlet on Payment for Order Flow Newsletter,Options

Commentary & Insight Jeremie Bacon on Taking the Reins at ORC Americas and Modular TechnologyMarketsWiki.tv After a decade of running his own technology firm, Jeremie Bacon decided it was time for a new challenge. In May, he took the reins as president of Orc Americas, the Chicago-based subsidiary of Orc Group. Bacon sat down with JLN editor-in-chief Jim Kharouf to talk about why decided to leave the firm he co-founded, Backstop Solutions, a software-as-a-service company in the alternative investment space. Bacon said he was impressed with ORC’s established footprint in the industry and reputation it has built since its launch…