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Derivatives trader carousel continues; Vol begs volume in June Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight The Spread – Playing Ketchup – 7/19 JohnLothianNews.com As there was no installment of “The Spread” last week, we added a brief lightning round to the end of this week’s options news recap. This week’s episode also features celebrity appearances by Mr. Bill and the Kool-Aid Man. Watch the video and see the stories referenced here » ++++ TGIF Miscellany Spencer Doar – JLN According to Tabb’s Options Liquidity Matrix, the year-to-date volumes of all five U.S. options franchises (Nasdaq, NYSE, Cboe, MIAX and BOX) are beating 2017 volumes. HKEX’s USD/CNH Options hit a record high with…

Broker sued over ‘demo’ trading platform mix-up; Deutsche Bank risk questions John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Rumi Morales will be announcing the launch of a major investment platform in the US on Wednesday, June 27.~JJL The 2018 Managed Futures Pinnacle Awards were last night in Chicago. Colin Jost from Saturday Night Live was the entertainment this year. He started by introducing well known “Irish Catholic” Sol Waksman. He later gave the CME Group a raunchy salute, probably for the political censorship by which he was confined, by sharing that he is a numbers guy. Enough said.~JJL For those concerned that ETFs with illiquid components will be the cause of…

Cboe says Vix products not to blame; Credit Suisse liquidates vol fund; The market is not the economy John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Electronic Interest Rate options ADV reached a record 1.43 million in January, including a single-day record on January 18th in which 1.3 million Eurodollar options traded on CME Globex, surpassing the daily pit volume.~JJL SGX FX futures volume hit a new record of $65 billion in January with ADV of $3 billion.~JK In light of all the VIX ETP drama, which was covered in yesterday’s Options newsletter, check out our blog post Vol-cano Erupts – How’s Seth Golden Doing? It was a response to the seeming surprise amongst pundits about how volatility products…

Hedge funds and the gender imbalance; Probe into ‘maker taker’; The next quant meltdown John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes NEX Group yesterday led a session of Trading Tech 300, the merit badge workshop program created to help young people connect with the financial industry in Chicago. They took a group of Scouts around the financial district in a Geocaching exercise. Thank you to Tom Scanlan and the NEX crew for their service.~JJL Michael Kraines of Trading Technologies is our video subject today from the Chicago sessions of MarketsWiki Education World of Opportunity. Brian Quintenz has been sworn in as a commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.~JJL If you like funny infographics, check…

Twitter’s New Followers — CBOE and Social Market Analytics Team Up for New Sentiment Index Based on Social Media Data Blog,Feature,Mwiki,Options

Can you trade off of Twitter? The Chicago Board Options Exchange and its partner Social Market Analytics (SMA) believe so. The two firms are partnering on a suite of sentiment-based indexes that use tweet data to generate alpha. The first of the suite, the CBOE-SMA Large-Cap Index (SMLC Index), debuted on July 29. The index is simply published by CBOE at this point, but a tradeable contract may be coming. Joe Gits, CEO and co-founder of SMA, has been watching and monitoring Twitter for years. Gits has a background in quantitative analytics, and, soon after Twitter debuted in 2006, Gits…

A Tale of Two Issues: Zach Ziliak Breaks Down the HFT Debate Interview,Regulation,Tech / HFT,Video

Zach Ziliak has seen both sides of the HFT universe. As a quant at an investment bank, he developed trading algorithms. As an attorney, he represents firms covering the whole Investment spectrum. As a participant in the AT 9000 initiative, he is working on the development of quality management standards for the testing of high frequency and other automated trading systems. “Those of us exposed to the industry have been thinking about this for a long time,” says Ziliak. “But now because of Flash Boys, suddenly it’s conversation at the bars.” He says that any kind of rules will create…

Thomas Rollinger of Red Rock Capital Explains the Trouble with Trend Following and Why He Likes Sortino Ratios Interview,Managed Futures,Tech / HFT,Video

Tom Rollinger

Thomas Rollinger has a unique perspective on the markets. As the managing partner and chief investment officer of Red Rock Capital, Rollinger joined the managed futures firm in March after being a long-time customer of the firm. But Rollinger also has an interesting background, as a student and colleague of Edward O. Thorp, who is also known as the “godfather of quants.” Rollinger co-developed and co-managed the systematic futures strategy which Thorp called “System X,” which was featured in Scott Patterson’s “The Quants” and well as in Jack Schwager’s book “Hedge Fund Market Wizards.” Rollinger now works alongside Red Rock’s…