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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…

Weighing the Impact of Proposed Tax Reform on Centrally Cleared Markets; Please Stop Talking About the VIX So Much; Derivatives Behind Equities Boom or Bust at Europe’s Major Banks Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Weighing the Impact of Proposed Tax Reform on Centrally Cleared Markets FinReg|Alert – Q&A with Craig Donohue, OCC Executive Chairman and CEO Tax reform is climbing back to the top of the White House agenda, with President Donald Trump telling The Wall Street Journal last week that overhauling the tax code is his next priority following healthcare legislation. While it’s still tough to project exactly what that tax overhaul might look like, some market participants are already voicing concern about the potential for unintended consequences. bit.ly/2tWRlGg Please Stop Talking About the VIX So Much AQR If anyone reading…