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The Low Vol Puzzle; Post Bank say BOJ should sell puts; Buying dips Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight FANG+ Puts the UMPH Back into the Markets and Exchange Competition John Lothian – JLN Hallelujah! The magical power of innovation from exchange competition in Chicago is alive and well after a noticeable absence. The NYSE FANG+ index at ICE Futures US is the most innovative and timely new contract I have seen since the Cboe introduced the VIX. Besides the FANG+ contract, we have the expectation of the CME Group and Cboe slugging it out later this year with competing bitcoin futures offerings. Earlier this year we had the CME Group reclaim the Russell index complex…

Goldman exits options market making; Historic volatility; SocGen struggles Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Goldman Sachs to Withdraw From Part of U.S. Options Market Brian Louis – Bloomberg Will stop serving as a market maker on U.S. exchanges; Traders struggling with high costs, low volatility in options Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will stop serving as a market maker on U.S. options exchanges, following others in exiting that business amid high costs, sluggish volume and low volatility. /goo.gl/hxa23m ****SD: WSJ here. What’s the tech angle? More bronze than gold? Other “Goldman struggles” news from Reuters – Goldman taps energy execs in bid to turn around commodities unit Historic Volatility Recently Dropped Below 1.7…

Volatility Is World’s Undervalued Asset; Acting Like Risk Doesn’t Exist Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Volatility May Be the World’s Only Undervalued Asset Class Doug Kass – RealClearMarkets I have argued that risk is underpriced because in large measure of the structural changes in the markets and participants positioning. Risk is an ever-present condition that cannot be eliminated, though it can be shifted through time and redistributed in form. bit.ly/2yNJED8 Sometimes You Beat the Bear. Lately, the Bear Beats You. Stephen Gandel – Bloomberg Investors have spent at least $2.6 billion this year on funds that are supposed to protect their portfolios in a market crash. Instead, those funds, rather than insuring their…

Market Makes History; More Bitcoin; Cboe Mini-SPX XSP Options Record Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories The stock market just made history Akin Oyedele – Business Insider The S&P 500 on Monday broke its previous record of the number of days without a 3% drawdown. As it’s continued to make new highs, it has broken records of other percent-move sizes. These illustrate the rock-bottom volatility that has characterized stocks this year and is showing few signs of rising anytime soon. /goo.gl/arAFs9 ****SD: Feels like it makes history every day now… Bitcoin Meets OTC Derivatives Tod Skarecky – Clarus Financial Technology I attended the FIA event last week in Chicago. Much of the same stuff….

VIX Bits: The Thermometer Isn’t Broken Blog,Commentary,Options

On the 30th anniversary of the ‘87 market crash last week, Cboe, in collaboration with ProShares, hosted a panel discussion “Current Dynamics of the VIX Market.” There was a lot to glean – from the applications of VIX ETPs to unique characteristics of VIX futures to general perceptions of volatility. Dominic Salvino, Group One’s VIX options specialist, had an analogy for the current low levels of VIX, comparing it to high February temperatures in Chicago. On February 18, the thermometer reached 70 degrees Fahrenheit, only the fourth time that’s happened since 1971. Is that weird? Yes. Is it worth noting?…

Exceed targets Cboe in trade secrets case; New options broker Matrix eyes China; Risk Alchemy Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Exceed Investments targets Cboe Options Exchange in trade secrets case Maria Nikolova – FinanceFeeds Exceed accuses Cboe Options Exchange of Fraudulent Inducement, Promissory Estoppel, Breach of Contract, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets, and violations of the Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act. bit.ly/2yCxEV3 Derivatives broker Matrix eyes China’s options market Jack Ball – Global Investor Group Matrix in talks with ‘three or four’ Chinese exchanges for options listing – CEO New derivatives broker Matrix is targeting China’s nascent options market, one month after US electronic broker ITG took a minority share in the project. Speaking to FOW, chief executive officer…

Fed plan threatens FCM capital jump; Shorting vol; Macquarie leapfrogs Goldman Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Fed G-Sib plan threatens 50bp jump in FCM capital Louie Woodall – Risk.net A below-the-radar move to tweak the way the US Federal Reserve assesses systemic risk could force banks to raise billions of dollars in extra capital to support their client clearing businesses, critics claim. A rule change proposed by the Fed on August 24 would require banks to include all cleared derivatives transactions in its Banking Organization Systemic Risk Report, known as FR Y-15. The report is used to calculate the capital surcharge for the eight US global systemically important banks. The new reporting requirement would…

ITG and Options Technology Group to establish derivatives execution business; Equifax options Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight A Brief Visual History of Being Short VIX RCM Alternatives If you aren’t using Stocktwits to track your favorite stock symbols, you may be doing it wrong. There are spam and oddballs and all the rest you would expect of a social network, but the gif game is usually off the charts. Here are some of our favorites from the world of short VIX traders of $SVXY. bit.ly/2xqKjK2 ****SD: For another fun picture from social media, check out Nassim Taleb in Bermuda. Lead Stories ITG and Options Technology Group to establish derivatives execution business Finextra ITG, a…

VIX pioneer Dan Galai interview; Betting on risk is risky; FX Options Update Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories A pioneer of the VIX says the market is looking at volatility all wrong; VIX pioneer Dan Galai interview Joe Ciolli – Business Insider Stock market volatility — or the lack thereof — has been a hot-button topic on Wall Street of late. jlne.ws/2eM2u3f The VIX, VXX, SVXY, and volatility-linked ETFs: Betting on risk is risky Allison Schrager – Quartz No risk, no reward. That maxim has suffered recently, as the stock market has rewarded investors with steady returns amid historically low volatility. Traders looking to beat the market have fewer options in such placid conditions, so some…