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Oil’s Plunge Below $50 Sends Options Trading Into a Frenzy; Volatility — how low can it go?; Snap Inc. Options Start Trading Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight My Picks for CFTC and SEC Commissioners By John J. Lothian Despite repeated inquiries to knowledgeable industry players, there is little buzz about prospective new CFTC and SEC Commissioners outside of the chairmen. So if there is no buzz, then let’s create some of our own in time for the FIA Boca Raton International Conference. I am going to give you my top ten potential candidates for each commission in alphabetical order. That they are on the list does not mean they would be willing to serve, but it does mean I believe they are eminently qualified…

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…

Snap Skeptics May Drive $1 Billion of Short Sales Within a Week; Yellen Says March Hike ‘Likely Appropriate’ If Progress Persists; VIX: The Truth About a Very Misunderstood Index Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Snap Skeptics May Drive $1 Billion of Short Sales Within a Week Lu Wang – Bloomberg All the love for Snap Inc. is sure to draw out the haters. That’s the view of S3 Partners LLC, a financial analytics firm, which says short interest in the photo-app maker is liable to reach $1 billion within a week, particularly if today’s rally continues. The contrary bet won’t be cheap, either, with the cost to borrow shares likely to start at 25 percent and rise. jlne.ws/2lHUSjN Yellen Says March Hike ‘Likely Appropriate’ If Progress Persists Bloomberg Federal Reserve Chair Janet…