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As Stocks Reach New Highs, Investors Abandon Hedges; Bond Market Vol at Multidecade Lows Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Top Options Stories of 2017 Countdown JohnLothianNews.com Listicles are occasionally the butt of jokes – Buzzfeed knows – but what about listideos? With 2017 in the bag, we at JLN thought we’d recap the year in options with a list of the big stories and trends – and there were a number. Below are links to stories referenced in the countdown. Watch the video and read the rest here » Lead Stories As Stocks Reach New Highs, Investors Abandon Hedges Gunjan Banerji – WSJ Big stock-market gains are leading a number of investors to abandon defensive positions…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 21, 2017 Asia/Pacific,Banks, Brokers & Managed Funds,Blog,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Fintech,Genres,Investing & Trading,JLN Subgroups,Politics,Regions,Regulation & Enforcement

Lead Stories China to Shake Up Global Market With Yuan-Based Oil Futures Contract; Chinese traders, analysts expect start by early 2018 By Georgi Kantchev – WSJ China is preparing to launch its own yuan-based oil futures contract, a move set to shake up the 96 million barrel-per-day global crude market currently dominated by trading in London and New York. https://goo.gl/FMoxQ4 Cameron sold out more than China Bruno Maçães – The Royal Gazette When it was announced earlier this week that former British Prime Minister David Cameron had accepted a leadership role in a new $1 billion UK investment fund intended…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 20, 2017 Asia/Pacific,Banks, Brokers & Managed Funds,Blog,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Investing & Trading,JLN Subgroups,Politics,Regions

Lead Stories Is Asia driving the Bitcoin craze? Karishma Vaswani – BBC But this, says Dexter Ng, is the workshop of the future. A self-professed cryptocurrency entrepreneur, he’s the chief technology officer of SG Mining – a business making and selling rigs. These are the powerful computers that solve complex mathematical problems in a process that earns their owners digital currencies such as Bitcoin. https://goo.gl/AaJZKt Smarter weapons needed to fight savvy financial criminals; With money laundering the fourth most common financial crime in Singapore, we need to step up collaboration DIVYA KHANGAROT – TNP Money laundering has existed for as…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 19, 2017 Asia/Pacific,Banks, Brokers & Managed Funds,Blog,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Fintech,Investing & Trading,JLN Subgroups,Politics,Regions,Regulation & Enforcement

Lead Stories South Korean cryptocurrency exchange to file for bankruptcy after hacking Reuters Staff A South Korean cryptocurrency exchange said on Tuesday it is shutting down and is filing for bankruptcy after it was hacked for the second time this year, highlighting concerns about security as trade in bitcoin and other virtual currencies boom. https://goo.gl/mmcpy4 China issues new code of conduct to tame overseas investors; New guidelines set out 36 dos and don’ts to bring order to booming sector Frank Tang – South China Morning Post Beijing has imposed a 36-point code of conduct for the country’s private enterprises to…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 18, 2017 Asia/Pacific,Banks, Brokers & Managed Funds,Blog,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Fintech,Investing & Trading,JLN Subgroups,Politics,Regions,Regulation & Enforcement

Lead Stories Hong Kong Listings Rule Changes Set to Transform Market, Li Says By Benjamin Robertson and Rishaad Salamat – Bloomberg HKEX on Friday proposed allowing dual-class share companies; Profitability requirement for biotech companies also dropped Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd.’s proposal to change which companies are eligible to list in the city will boost the pipeline of initial public offerings, according to Chief Executive Officer Charles Li. https://goo.gl/LHtGVH Trump to label China as a strategic ‘competitor’; Beijing accused of pursuing policies of economic aggression to weaken US Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington – FT President Donald Trump will describe…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 15, 2017 Asia/Pacific,Banks, Brokers & Managed Funds,Blog,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Fintech,Investing & Trading,JLN Subgroups,Politics,Regions

Lead Stories The $145 Trillion Future of Investing Is Heading to Asia;; Surging wealth throughout the developing world will reshape asset management. By Nico Grant – Bloomberg Chinese assets under management to rise at break-neck pace; This story is part of a series on the future of investing Every other day, a new billionaire is minted in Asia. That growing wealth has sparked a shift in the world of investing, as ascendant emerging markets outpace the long-dominant U.S. and Europe. https://goo.gl/cDFPDe HKEX moves closer to accepting dual share classes; Exchange’s rethink prompted by losing out on Alibaba’s IPO to the…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 13, 2017 Asia/Pacific,Banks, Brokers & Managed Funds,Blog,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Fintech,Investing & Trading,JLN Subgroups,Politics,Regions,Regulation & Enforcement

Lead Stories Deutsche Bank Says ‘Mrs. Watanabe’ Behind the Surge in Bitcoin By Julie Verhage – Bloomberg Japanese retail investors seen shifting from currency trading; Men actually hold the majority of Japanese trading accounts That term is often used to describe the individual Japanese investor, traditionally a housewife who runs her family’s finances. And that’s who behind the surge in bitcoin, according to a Deutsche Bank AG note Thursday. https://goo.gl/6AgXNz All Chinese Oil Traders Want for Christmas Is a Futures Contract Bloomberg News Speculation growing that domestic contract will be listed soon; Chinese commodities trading has slowed this year, data…

Asia Pacific Financial News from John Lothian News – December 13, 2017 Asia/Pacific,Banks, Brokers & Managed Funds,Blog,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Fintech,Investing & Trading,JLN Subgroups,Politics,Regions

Lead Stories Why bitcoin could trigger the next global financial crash South China Morning Post Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are speculative derivatives with nothing to back them up, and that poses a danger to financial system https://goo.gl/vx1YUT UN’s North Korea Envoy Deeply Worried After Trip, Diplomat Says By Kambiz Foroohar – Bloomberg Feltman visited Pyongyang after late-November missile test; Envoy says North Koreans aren’t ready to enter talks The United Nations envoy to North Korea returned from that country deeply worried about the prospects for bringing an end to Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons program, according to a European member of…