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Frankfurt Winning Battle for Brexit Bankers; End of 47-Year Japan Rice Program; Smart beta funds pass $1tn John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Hits & Takes JLN Staff Spencer Doar’s weekly JLN Options video feature, The Spread, continues to get better. This last week’s was a beut.~JJL Holy smokes. Get this: “The Legends Room, the world’s only blockchain based nightclub, rings in 2018 with two incredible nights of crypto fun. On Saturday, December 30th, the Legends Room presents Samantha Ronson and Saint Clair. On Sunday December 31st, the club will feature Post Malone and 21 Savage together.” I do not like this, Sam-I-am. But hey, it’s Vegas, right?~SD The JLN Team has cancelled their in the office meeting today, rescheduling for…

Volatility index creator seeks to invent new tool to measure ‘ambiguity’; Unusually Low Volatility Can Be Dangerous for Markets; The Strangest VIX Fact Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight OIC Stories Recap Below are links to the columns and articles the JLN team wrote while attending the Options Industry Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. –How Do You Save the Capital Markets?; Kennedy Looks to Lead Market Revamp by Jim Kharouf –Not as Bad as it Seems: Schwartz Addresses the State of the Options Industry –Millennials and Options: A Perfect Match? –All Together Now: Exchange Leaders Call For Cooperative Approach To Changing Market Structure –Options Industry Conference Update: Congress Continues To Push For Avoiding Unintended Consequences in Tax and Dodd-Frank reforms ++++++ Options Industry Conference: Exchange Highlights For…

The market’s risky bet on stability; Bets on a stock market rally using options just hit record levels; Euro Is Suddenly Everyone’s Favorite After First Round of French Election Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Did you know? Jim Kharouf and Spencer Doar – JLN Moscow, OneChicago, MexDer, Fear Gauge and Trump Street with an Irish twist. No, they are not connected. One of the interesting things about updating annual volume figures on our MarketsWiki site is the snapshot of how a particular exchange has been doing over a number of years. The FIA Annual Volume Survey shows a couple of unusual suspects in the top 5 in 2016 with the National Stock Exchange of India coming in second and the Moscow Exchange at number four in terms of derivatives volumes. At…

Interactive Brokers Group Announces Decision to Cease Options Market Making Activities; Snap options set for strong demand on market debut; Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight CME Group CEO Terry Duffy on Business and Interest Rates Under the Trump Administration JohnLothianNews.com With a new administration in place and a more optimistic outlook from the market community, CME Group is well positioned to succeed, according to CEO Terry Duffy. Whereas global regulatory efforts have served as a headwind for the industry since the financial crisis, now the United States is benefiting from the perception that the new administration’s stance on regulation will serve as an tailwind. There is much left to be determined, certainly, but even the shift to no new regulation as opposed…

Options Clearing Corp shakes up senior management; American Shale Companies’ Rush to Hedge Is Turning the Oil Market Upside Down; A Market Under Distribution Has No Mercy Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Options Clearing Corp shakes up senior management Tom Polansek – Reuters The primary clearinghouse for U.S. options trades named new finance and compliance chiefs on Friday in the latest C-suite shake-up aimed at improving oversight. The Options Clearing Corp, known as OCC, also said it had hired a former CME Group Inc (CME.O) executive to fill a newly created treasurer’s position. The changes are part of an overhaul in leadership as OCC works to bolster the way it manages finances and risk after its regulator, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, raised concerns in recent years. jlne.ws/2gUqDEp American…

JLN Environmental/Energy: EPA Greenhouse-Gas Rules Draw U.S. Supreme Court Scrutiny; Cracking the Energy Puzzles of the 21st Century; India Increases Effort to Harness Biomass Energy Environmental/Energy,Newsletter

In this edition, the Supreme Court will decide whether to block key aspects of the Obama administration’s plan aimed at cutting power plant and factory emissions. The AP and others have coverage. Plus, China Offers Cash in Bid to Cut Air Pollution, says The Wall Street Journal. Quote of the Day: “Populations are switching to domestic fuels when they can’t afford energy prices.” –Valentin Foltescu, an air quality expert at the World Health Organization, in The New York Times’ “Bulgaria’s Air Is Dirtiest in Europe, Study Finds, Followed by Poland” Lead Stories High court will review EPA global warming rules…

JLN Environmental/Energy: Carbon Markets 94% Cheaper Than Renewable Support, OECD Says; EU on track for climate targets; India to Set Up Agency for Monitoring Water Efficiency Environmental/Energy,Newsletter

In this edition, major news outlets come at a new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report from a few different angles. Bloomberg, for its part, dives into some statistics that carbon market proponents will find interesting. The cost of reducing one metric ton of carbon dioxide in the power industry using emissions trading systems is 10 euros ($13.56) on average, compared with 169 euros for feed-in tariffs, the OECD says of the data it collected from 15 countries (including the U.S. and China) and reported by Bloomberg. The BBC and Reuters, among others, also cover the report, in our…

JLN Environmental/Energy: IMF director Lagarde sounds warning on climate change action; Surging shale output shakes up US gas; Water Shortage Seen Worsening on Climate Change in Potsdam Study Environmental/Energy,Newsletter

Change is coming for climate change and energy reform catalyst Eileen Claussen, a founder 15 years ago of the Pew Center on Global Change and president of its updated version, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions or C2ES. Ms. Claussen, once with the Clinton Administration, is semi-retiring to teach and consult. Her board member, Theodore Roosevelt IV, toasts her and the group’s ability to bring business and environmental groups to the same table. Read more in our Leads section.

JLN Environmental/Energy: California, Quebec Carbon Deal Could Pave Way For Other Linkages; Global Emissions Plan for Airlines Gets First UN Approval; Debt ceiling isn’t place for climate fight, says House Republican Environmental/Energy,Newsletter

Anyone who has had the pleasure of a bare foot discovering a rogue Lego in a pitch-dark stumble to the bathroom knows the unintentional powers the tiny interlocking blocks. But who knew their utility included teaching the young and old how carbon emissions work? Grist.org, which may consider a label like “alarmist” a compliment, does well with info graphics and videos to accompany its blogs, articles, and news items. Once again, the Grist comes through with a short (we’re talking 1:50) helpful video breaking down the science (and therein, they argue, the policy) behind carbon emissions. Watch it here.