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John Lothian Newsletter: CBOE Holdings Signs Licensing Agreement to List Options on FTSE and Russell Indices; Cerutti engineers Euronext comeback; With 7th Annual Loss, R.B.S. Announces Drastic Restructuring John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read BIts & Pieces by John J. Lothian Sorry for the lateness of the newsletter this morning, we had a terrible traffic day in Chicago due to snow overnight. I knew I should have left for the office when I woke up at 3 AM. ++++ The FIA has launched an updated website at www.futuresindustry.org. It is very well done and integrates FIA Americas, FIA Europe and FIA Asia into a single site. Patricia Gutierrez has announced she is leaving as vice president of public relations for the inter-dealerbroker GFI as of tomorrow. It has been a pleasure to…

Just Floored: Who Says Jeff Sprecher hates open outcry? Blog

Open outcry is still alive and well in New York. The New York Stock Exchange opened a new trading floor for the NYSE Amex options market this week, a completely renovated space that also houses: NYSE’s US cash equities, ICE Futures US members, NYSE Arca’s customer service and the NYSE/ICE’s national operations center. The 7,000-square-foot space, with 22-foot ceilings, has been renamed “The Buttonwood Room,” a tip of the cap to the origins of the NYSE, and a shift away from the room’s less than flattering name of “The Garage,” as it was called when it originally opened in 1922….

Index Evolution: Guillermo Cano Looks at the New Generation of Equity Indexes Financials,Interview,Options,Video

Russell Indexes has long been known as “the small-cap company,” due to the success of its flagship Russell 2000, which is comprised of the smallest 2000 stocks by market capitalization. These firms’ market caps range from roughly $129 million to $2.6 billion, as of May 2013, and represent the bottom two-thirds of the 3000 largest publicly held firms in the U.S. According to Guillermo Cano, Senior Product Manager at Russell Investments, the firm has evolved considerably since its start in 1984. In fact, equity indexes in general have come a long way in recent years. “The indexes we created in…

Small Cap Splash: Russell’s Pat Fay Talks About CBOE’s Latest Volatility Contract Interview,Options,Video

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The CBOE Volatility Index futures, or VIX, has been THE most successful futures contract in recent years. With the VIX posting record volumes this year, the exchange and Russell Indexes say now is the time to launch the Russell 2000 Volatility Index futures or RVX. John Lothian News sat down with Russell Investment’s Pat Fay to talk about RVX and its potential, especially versus other indexes like VIX and the European volatility index VSTOXX. Fay says the appetite for a small cap stock volatility futures is strong, especially among money managers looking to incorporate volatility hedges into their portfolios. “Clients…