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Options Markets Stability Act passed; Short-Volatility Bets Boom Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Financial Services Committee Unanimously Passes Hultgren’s Options Markets Stability Act Congressman Randy Hultgren Today, the House Committee on Financial Services unanimously passed H.R. 5749, the Options Markets Stability Act. The legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) would facilitate liquidity in options markets by calling on bank regulators to provide targeted capital relief. bit.ly/2JOG7Ym ****SD: Woo hoo! Securities Lending Times on the issue here. Short-Volatility Bets Boom as Hedge Funds Take Baton From Banks Yakob Peterseil – Bloomberg Fast money bets on muted price swings in debt, mutual funds; Option sales profitable as private-bank clients go long…

Legal battle over Credit Suisse ‘volatility’ product expands to second firm Newsletter,Options

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Lead Stories Legal battle over Credit Suisse ‘volatility’ product expands to second firm Trevor Hunnicutt – Reuters The legal fight over a complex Credit Suisse financial instrument betting on stock market swings is expanding, with a new lawsuit targeting one of the product’s service providers. An investor on Thursday sued both the bank and the service provider, a unit of Janus Henderson Group PLC, over the VelocityShares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term Exchange-Traded Note (ETN). jlne.ws/2HGN6RP Hey, Credit Suisse—Just Because You Disclose the Risks of Your Volatility ETN Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Be Sued Crystal Kim – Barron’s Investors were burned…

What’s the Deal With the VIX Manipulation Letter? Inaccuracy and Misunderstanding Blog,Feature

The big options news of the day pertains to a letter alleging VIX manipulation. The letter, written on behalf of an anonymous whistleblower by a Washington D.C. law firm, alleges market makers manipulate the VIX by quoting far out of the money SPX put options so they are included in the VIX calculation at junctures that benefit their trading activities. It’s understandable financial instruments are subject to concerns about manipulation when their inner workings are complicated and not fully understood by the general public. VIX manipulation has come up before and it will probably come up again unless regulators step…

Cryptocurrency Prices Crumble; Traders Pay Through the Nose to Bet the S&P 500 Will Snap Higher; Dow Industrials Cross 26000 for First Time as Earnings Season Ramps Up Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Cryptocurrency Prices Crumble; Bitcoin, Ethereum Post Large Losses Nasdaq Cryptocurrency Market under Heavy Selling Pressure “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who has been swimming naked,” stock market guru Warren Buffett once observed and it looks like the cryptocurrency tide has definitely receded in the last 24 hours with the market showing double digit percentage losses right across the board. The sell-off started in Asia and accelerated when European traders entered the fray, as talk continued to circulate that South Korea was preparing a cryptocurrency ban. Bitcoin and Ethereum prices fell sharply last week after…

FANG+ Puts the UMPH Back into the Markets and Exchange Competition Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Financials,Interview,Investing & Trading,Mwiki

Hallelujah! The magical power of innovation from exchange competition in Chicago is alive and well after a noticeable absence. The NYSE FANG+ index at ICE Futures US is the most innovative and timely new contract I have seen since the Cboe introduced the VIX. Besides the FANG+ contract, we have the expectation of the CME Group and Cboe slugging it out later this year with competing bitcoin futures offerings. Earlier this year we had the CME Group resteal the Russell index complex from ICE, returning the contracts to the CME where they were  in 2007. The FANG+ sprang from this exchange…

Market Volatility Has Vanished Around the World; How S&P 500 options may be used to manipulate VIX ‘fear gauge’; MIZUHO: ‘The market appears at risk for an unexpected event’ Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight For The Trader Among Us: Trading Chicago If you haven’t registered for the Trading Chicago event on June 29 at the Swissotel in the Windy City, now is the time to do it. We’ve got a great lineup of panels and speakers with a strong emphasis on the impact of regulation, technology and key markets on end-users such as CTAs, hedge funds, proprietary trading firms and asset managers. For full conference information, click HERE. ++++++ LME Working To Get Exchange Structure Right JohnLothianNews.com “I think we have to be honest that no market structure is going to…

Tim Edwards, S&P Dow Jones Indices – The Relative Importance of Skill, Conviction and Blind Luck in Beating the Market Financials,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Mwiki,Video,video

“I believe that the next big trend in our industry is going to be far more customized, far more bespoke, and it’s all going to be available at low cost because of technology.” When Google was readying for its IPO in 2004, employees were given educational courses in finance and investing. Then senior vice president Jonathan Rosenberg was worried that Google employees — many soon to be minted millionaires — would be taken advantage of by all manner of asset managers and brokers. During the presentations, a series of notable figures all gave the same advice to Google employees, “don’t…

Record Call Surge Aiding the S&P 500 Is a Historically Bullish Signal; Gold ‘Getting Hit From All Directions’ as Investors Flee Funds; U.S., European stocks rise along with U.S. Treasury yields Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight JLN Options To Have Guest Editor: The Schwartz Will Be With Us As much as I’m sure you all love the JLN team’s snark and irreverence, sometimes we shake things up. As such, next week we will have a guest editor: Trade Alert’s Henry Schwartz. Schwartz will providing his insight and commentary for JLN Options. Enjoy the different spin next week! Lead Stories Record Call Surge Aiding the S&P 500 Is a Historically Bullish Signal Joseph Ciolli and Dani Burger – Bloomberg Call volume on S&P 500 contracts reached 900,000 on Wednesday; Options measure has reached just…

Sectors Go Wild: S&P 500 Correlations Crumble; Clearinghouses Park Billions in New Fed Accounts; Yuan Options Most Bearish Since June as Traders See Sharper Drop Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Holiday Publishing Note Due to Thanksgiving, we will not be publishing this newsletter on Thursday or Friday. We will be back on Monday, albeit a few pounds heavier. A quick “Did you know?” about the holiday: Everybody has heard the old refrain that eating turkey makes people tired because of the amino acid tryptophan. However, turkey has pretty much the same amount of tryptophan as other meats and research shows that turkey doesn’t have any significant effect on drowsiness. In fact, simple overeating is the most common cause of post-meal lethargy. Tired or not, enjoy your Thanksgiving,…