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Inflationary VIX shock potential and other vol catalysts; Bitcoin pushback Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight North Korea says U.S. threats make war unavoidable as China urges calm Soyoung Kim, Heekyong Yang – Reuters Two American B-1B heavy bombers joined large-scale combat drills over South Korea on Thursday amid warnings from North Korea that the exercises and U.S. threats have made the outbreak of war “an established fact”. /goo.gl/g6LF1Y ****SD: We’ve made it this far in the “year of low volatility.” This North Korea update and the below Palestinian story are two of the first things I see scanning my feeds this morning. The other story I saw? Bitcoin hits $16k. No words……

CME fee rises vex trading industry; Decline of OTC derivatives trading; VIX research Newsletter,Options

Observations & Insight Cboe chief on Jamie Dimon: He’s welcome to try shorting bitcoin Jeff Cox – CNBC If JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon wants to bet against bitcoin, the head of Cboe Global Markets is only too happy to give him the venue to place his wager. jlne.ws/2BLJ3l7 ****SD: Jamie Dimon probably regrets expressing an opinion on BTC. He thought he’d throw a punch, not realizing he’d become the bag. +++++ Cboe Throws Launch Date Punch at Crosstown Rival CME Spencer Doar – JLN Aren’t people supposed be getting into holiday mode? Isn’t December supposed to be slow, with…

Reconcilable Differences: Duco’s Christian Nentwich on what can be done to address reconciliation problems in the financial industry Interview,Tech / HFT,Video

Christian Nentwich, CEO and co-founder of Duco, says the reconciliation landscape today is behind the times and that large chunks of it are being done manually, sometimes by hundreds or thousands of staff at the bigger brokerage firms. In some places there is too little reconciliation going on, and in others there is too much, he told John Lothian News at FIA Boca. A few years ago, there was a big trend of outsourcing reconciliation to offshore locations, he said. But “sometimes its not happening at all, especially in things like interbook and intercompany trading activities,” he added. For example,…