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US Options Volume Defies Moribund Volatility; Market fear indicator shows historic difference between Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500; U.S. shale firms more exposed to falling oil prices as hedges expire Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Line-up for MarketsWiki Education Series in NY and Chicago By John J. Lothian We have set the line-ups of speakers for the MarketsWiki Education series in New York and Chicago. Here is the list of the speakers and the days they will be presenting. On July 11 at Nasdaq’s Marketsite location we will have Gary Barnett (SEC), Larry Tabb (Tabb Group), Jennifer Nayar (Vela Trading Technologies), Thomas Ascher (formerly ISE), and Morgan Slade (Cloud Quant). On July 11 at the second session at Nasdaq, we have Gregg Doud (Commodity Markets Council), Henry Schwartz (Trade Alert), Joe Gits…

How Do You Save the Capital Markets? Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Mwiki,Options,Politics,ReformWiki,Regulation,Regulation & Enforcement

Kennedy Looks to Lead Market Revamp Kevin Kennedy is my new hero. The senior vice president and head of equity options, on stage at the Options Industry Conference last week, spoke about taking the lead on a new initiative to change the existing financial and regulatory structure for financial markets. And he urged the other exchange executives from the other four major options markets to join him. In today’s political environment, it takes courage for someone to stand up and say they want to fix the financial markets so they stay the envy of world capital markets.  And there is…

Jim Oliff is Good to Go Blog,Commentary,Exchanges, OTC & Clearing,Mwiki

When Jim Oliff resigned from the CME Group board a couple of weeks ago several friends reached out to him to check on his health. They figured such a sudden exit from the CME board of directors after 31 years must be because of a health problem. That is not the case. Jim Oliff is healthy, wealthy and wise. The wealthy and wise parts are a combination of being a CME member and having earned a wealth of experience and industry knowledge from his years as a key insider at the CME during its ascendency over the last 30+ years….

CME Group CEO Terry Duffy on Changes in Management Feature,Video,video

Terry Duffy took over the reins as CEO of CME Group at the beginning of the year, but that was not the only change. In this video, Duffy discusses the new leadership and its aims. When Phupinder Gill retired, Duffy went from being chairman and president to chairman and CEO. The open role of president was filled by Bryan Durkin who previously served as the chief commercial officer. Sliding into the open CCO role was Julie Winkler, who had been a senior managing director in research, product development and index services. Julie Holzrichter’s title is still chief operating officer but…

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…

CME Group CEO Terry Duffy on Business and Interest Rates Under the Trump Administration Feature,Video,video

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 to deregulation is sufficiently pro-business to elicit optimism, said Duffy.  Adding to that is the Federal Reserve as…

Republican plan would ease Wall Street rules, as party embraces deregulation; How the Flash Crash Trader’s $50 Million Fortune Vanished; LME’s Chamberlain favourite to take wheel of metals juggernaut John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read CME CEO Duffy isn’t worried about Trump Lynn Marek – Crain’s Chicago Business Terry Duffy’s executive suite at CME Group, a few floors above the Chicago River, is lined with shelves of photos picturing him with politicians from both sides of the aisle. In one, the CME chief exec is flanked by former Republican President George W. Bush and his brother Jeb Bush on a Florida golf course last year. Shots of Democrats, President Barack Obama and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, have perches too. Noticeably absent: newly elected Republican President Donald Trump. jlne.ws/2lveEPX **JK: Bullish on derivatives. ++++…

JLN Options: The worrisome and not-so worrisome Newsletter,Options

Lead Stories Banks, brokers face post-Brexit mis-selling claims over FX options Lawrence White and John Geddie – Reuters Banks and foreign exchange brokers in Britain face legal claims from small companies which allege they were mis-sold complex currency derivatives that soured when the pound fell after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, according to court filings and sources familiar with the cases. jlne.ws/2lvEinE ****SD: Obviously these companies ought to act responsibly in their selling practices, but I can’t help but wonder why people get roped into things that they don’t understand. Are the sales pitches that stellar? I see…

Speed Traders’ ‘Stupid’ Plan for Fast Network Halted in U.K.; CFTC fines E*TRADE for allegedly destroying customer records; Brazil’s BM&FBovespa buys 8.59 pct in Lima exchange for 49 mln reais John Lothian Newsletter,Newsletter

First Read Bits & Pieces By Jim Kharouf If you are like me and love to ride your bike to work, you might be interested in the latest offering for CBOT Building tenants – indoor parking. The building is offering 25 spots in a warm, locked, basement room for $120 for a year. A cheap way to keep your bike warm and safe. There’s more information here. There are 24 spots now, as I have rented one and love it. In case you missed it, Henry Schwartz, of Trade Alert was a guest editor of the JLN Options Newsletter in…