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Short-VIX Trade Shows Few Signs of Fading; More BTC; Sleepy Oil; Markets Numb to Risk Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Bitcoin stirs volatility fears as it heads for $10,000 Hannah Murphy – Financial Times The price of bitcoin soared to record highs on Monday and approached the symbolic $10,000 threshold even as some traditional marketplaces warned they were becoming “uncomfortable” with the volume and volatility of trading in the cryptocurrency. on.ft.com/2BmDb0m ****SD: Some folks must be making that “baby’s first taste of lemon” face. Just two weeks ago – when BTC was trading for less than $8k – LedgerX initiated it’s first long-term bitcoin futures option with a strike of $10,000 (sold/bought for $2,250.25). The contract expires…

The Trouble With Those Can’t-Miss Trades; Short VIX bets hit record high Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories The Trouble With Those Can’t-Miss Trades; With the VIX skidding lower, shorting the fear gauge seems like a sure thing. As market history shows, that’s an unsettling prospect. Randall W. Forsyth – Barron’s “It’s quiet, too quiet.” That movie cliché hangs over the financial markets these days, as the volatility of virtually everything—stocks, bonds, and currencies—is apparent in its very absence. You might think this placidity is because peace on earth and goodwill toward all had become a year-round reality rather than a wistful holiday wish. Or that our elected officials had taken seriously the people’s business to…

Record Assets Continue To Pour In To ETFs Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight OCC Cleared Contract Volume Down Nine Percent in September OCC OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, announced today that cleared contract volume in September was 335,867,813 contracts, down nine percent from September 2016 volume of 367,641,787 contracts. OCC’s year-to-date average daily cleared contract volume is up three percent from 2016 with 17,038,958 contracts in 2017. jlne.ws/2fLfXfi Lead Stories Record Assets Continue To Pour In To ETFs Drew Voros – Nasdaq For the month of September, $28.2 billion flowed into U.S.-listed ETFs during the month, according to the latest data from FactSet. That follows inflows of…